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    31 Things From Target That’ll Help Your Kids Join In On Festive Fun

    All things and activities to get your kiddo excited for the holiday season.

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    1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a classic book, because this is the best book to get your kids excited for the upcoming holiday season. Our family revisits Dr. Seuss' timeless classic every year and love the story's final message.

    Cover of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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    Promising review: "Great hardcover book, I love that it has the original illustrations. The pages are of good quality. I can tell this book is going to last my little one!" —Brandi

    Price: $9.90

    2. An adorable festive Baby Yoda shirt for your little one that is super adorable. Get your little one pumped with this festive punny shirt!

    Baby Yoda shirt
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    Promising review: "Cute, not thin and seems to be a decent quality, great price point for a Christmas tee" —Cdel 

    Price: $9 (available in girls' sizes XS–M; and girls' plus sizes XL–XXL)

    3. And one more Baby Yoda holiday shirt because we just can't get enough of this little guy. Can they make this in my size, please?

    Baby Yoda holiday shirt
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    Promising review: "Adorable Grogu holiday shirts. The green is very vibrant. Fits as expected." —bpitman

    Price: $9 (available in sizes XS–XL)

    4. Weird But True Christmas, a festive fact book from National Geographic, that is quite intriguing. This book is chock-full of 300 wacky facts, stats, tidbits, and traditions. Did you know that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Now you do!

    Book cover
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    Price: $6.59

    5. An awesome beach house sugar cookie kit our kids thoroughly enjoy constructing. This fun take on a gingerbread is perfect for kids who are all about that beach life.

    Beach house sugar cookie kit
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    Promising review: "Super cute and different from the typical gingerbread house. Bought this for my BFF to reminisce on our summer trip to Oahu. Great outcome!" —Mama 

    Price: $9.99

    6. And a pre-built gingerbread house for those who like the more traditional vibe. Get your kid their favorite candy and you are ready for a gingerbread house-making party. Just make sure they don't eat it all in one sitting!

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    Promising review: "These are great! I hated trying to build a gingerbread house with wet frosting that never stays up. My niece who was two loved decorating hers because we didn’t worry about it tumbling over. These were incredibly sturdy!!! I’m getting more this year. 110% recommend" —Katie

    Price: $12.99 (candy not included)

    7. A holiday reindeer cocoa mix that is simply adorable and delicious at the same time! This is the perfect treat to get your little ones in the holiday spirit.

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    Promising review: "Love, love, love! My sons are in love with this product. My oldest can’t wait for our Friday movie nights to have a 'Rudolph cocoa.' I love it because it helps my kids want to do little things that I never did during holiday season with my own parents! Going to get more tomorrow." —Mommyof4

    Price: $3.99

    8. And a holiday hot cocoa maker spoons for parents who love a good "mess-free" activity. These spoons are so cool, add them to hot water or milk, and watch as your beverage transforms into a yummy holiday drink. My kids totally love these!

    Cocoa sticks
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    Promising review: "The spoon molded with the chocolate makes process less messy and taste excellent! Will definitely purchase again!" —TP2021 

    Price: $4.99

    9. A holiday hot cocoa bar kit because trust me, kids love any and all ways they can make hot cocoa. This is a great activity to set up and a way you can facilitate math concepts using measurements and counting!

    Cocoa bar kit
    Target

    Kit includes milk chocolate mix, peppermint crunch, dark chocolate mix, caramel bits, and mini marshmallows.

    Promising review: "My kids loved this! I wish I had bought another one before they were cleared out." —Kjd13 

    Price: $9.99

    10. An indoor snowball kit for families who don't live in a cold-weather city. This kit makes it possible for you and your kiddos who live in a sunny climate get into the holiday spirit from the comfort of your own home!

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    Promising review: "Cute and fun! An easy indoor activity on cold winter days! We get mostly slushy snow or cold with no snow in our area, so this is fun we don't often get naturally in our area." —CR

    Price: $19.99

    11. A holiday cookie decorating kit because the more sugar, the better! Skip the mess of baking and get straight into decorating. This kit is perfect to get your kiddos pumped about the holidays.

    Cookie kit
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    Kit includes pre-baked cookies, icing and sprinkles.

    Promising review: "All good, packaged well, very “festive” parcel exterior" —Ready for Christmas

    Price: $8.99

    12. And a snowman kit that is perfect for those who live or visit snow during the holiday season. This kit provides all the essentials to build your own Frosty the Snowman!

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    Promising review: "Perfect for set for the kids to build a snowman. Can’t wait for them to use it." —LeeDee

    Price: $19.99

    13. A Christmas Karaoke Spin The Wheel Party Kit to help get your kid's holiday party started! Who doesn't love an evening of karaoke fun? Write your favorite holiday songs on the board and then spin the wheel to see what tune you get to rock out to.

    Karaoke board
    Target

    Price: $10

    14. A holiday bingo set because we love festive games over here. Our family loves bingo and this set is a great way for us to keep up the holiday spirit and have some fun! Pair this with one of the activities above and you are set for a rockin' evening.

    Bingo card set
    Target

    Price: $5

    15. A fun and festive camper cat scratcher house for the fur baby in your life. This little camper looks fun for the cat and will surely get your kids jazzed about decking out their cat's new digs.

    Cat house
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    Promising review: "My kitty is loving this. Super easy to put together and durable. He is a large cat, 17 pounds, and fits inside when he wants." —Clkelly79

    Price: $15

    16. Pete the Kitty's Cozy Christmas, an adorable book, that is my 2-year-old's absolute favorite book at the moment. Kimberley and James Dean do it again with this fun-filled adventure!

    Pete the Kitty Cozy Christmas
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    Promising review: "So cute! Every Christmas Santa places Christmas books on the mantle for my kids and we love Pete the Cat and Pete the Kitty!" —MP

    Price: $8.99

    17. A DIY gem art ornament kit to add a nice flair to your tree. Your kid is sure to enjoy this festive craft and is perfect for kiddos 6 years old and up.

    Gem ornament kit
    Target

    This kit includes nine gem-by-number ornaments, a diamond-painting stylus, tray, wax square, color-coded packet of gems, five feet of twine, and an instruction manual.

    Promising review: "These gem ornaments are so beautiful and fun to make! I enjoyed making them as much as my kids did!" —Lauren P

    Price: $5

    18. A paint your own pretend cookie set if you are looking for a sugar-free activity! This is a great activity to help facilitate some holiday pretend play.

    Wood cookie set
    Target

    This kit includes eight wood shapes, 10 foam stickers, six paint pots, two paintbrushes, one bottle of puffy paint and decorative cloth. 

    Promising review: "This kit is so cute and the materials are all great quality! This was so fun for my 3-year-old to do. Definitely snatch this kit up while you can!" —cardinalsigns

    Price: $10

    19. A letter to Santa kit so your children can get into the spirit by letting you...I mean...Santa what they want this year! Hot tip: this is a great way for your kids to practice their printing (or cursive), as well!

    letter to Santa kit
    Target

    This kit includes glitter glue, paint pods, self-adhesive jewels, colored envelopes, colored cards, foam stickers, twine, and a candy cane pen.

    Promising review: "Cute set that comes with writing paper, extra card to make pictures, lots of stickers, address labels and stamps, a candy cane pen and, of course, the mailbox. We loved putting this together and getting the letters done. It also comes with paint but we did not use that." —Lwill

    Price: $10

    20. A pair of 'lil bear slippers that my 2-year-old loves and wears all the time. These slippers are so cute and festive and keep his feet warm in the wintertime!

    Lil bear slippers
    Target

    Promising review: "Very cute and comfy. Son loves them. Run about a half size or more small." —Huggs 

    Price: $13 (available in sizes 13-1–11-12)

    21. A 12 days of crafting advent calendar kit so you can get crafty and create cute little holiday decorations! This kit makes 12 holiday ornaments and provides hours of festive fun.

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    The kit comes with googly eyes, paper, glue, self-adhesive jewels, stickers and more!

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old daughter absolutely loved this advent calendar! The crafts are simple and easy for her to do. I didn’t have any issues with the box being messed up like others have mentioned. Overall a huge hit and great deal." —Jennifer B

    Price:$10

    22. An advent calendar to get your kiddos excited about the upcoming holidays — it's also a way to practice some math! This cute fabric calendar is a lovely addition to your holiday decor.

    Advent calendar
    Target

    Promising review: "This is really nice and modern looking. Got it for my kids who always want to know how many more days until Xmas, lol! This is so great for kids to count down the days and actually put the snowflake into the day's pocket. Cute!" —CarmyB 

    Price: $10

    23. And a Nightmare Before Christmas advent calendar that is seriously next level. Get into the holiday spirit and countdown to the big day with all your favorite characters from Halloween Town.

    Nightmare before Christmas advent calendar
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    Promising review: "This is the coolest advent calendar!! It's great quality and I love that I can reuse it every year!!" —Boymom 

    Price: $26

    24. Plus! A Nightmare Before Christmas knit stocking that is perfect for your child who loves this timeless holiday movie. Your little one will love waking up to this stocking filled with their favorite goodies!

    Nightmare Before Christmas knit stocking
    Target

    Price: $15

    25. A totally radical Baby Yoda LED inflatable lawn decoration because this is super essential for the Star Wars-lovin' kid in your household. Plus it is just too cute to pass up.

    Baby Yoda lawn decoration
    Target

    Price: $50

    26. And an equally radical Elf inflatable lawn decoration that will make your neighbors totally jealous. My friend has this lawn decoration and my kids love going to see it.

    Elf lawn decoration
    Target

    Promising review: "We love the movie Elf so when I saw this I HAD to buy it and I was not disappointed! It is so awesome and a hit in our neighborhood. It's super easy to set up and such a great price too!" —Ash

    Price: $50

    27. Elf on the Shelf, an artfully illustrated storybook with an included new friend, to ensure your kiddos are on their best behavior. I don't know of a kid that doesn't love a good game of hide-and-seek. This timeless tradition is loved in our household and is sure to be a hit with your kiddos, too! Plus I love that this one is a girl!

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    Promising review: "The girl elf on the shelf is adorable! The quality is great! The hardcover book that comes with her is very nice." —Wen

    Price: $31.84

    28. A Present Pile-Up game that looks like a *jolly* good time. Get ready to launch gifts towards the sleigh — the first player to pile all their presents and race around the board to the sleigh wins the game!

    Present pile up game
    Target

    This game is perfect for two to four players and ages 5 and up. 

    Promising review: "Fun family game! Easy enough for my 4-year-old to play. Kept my 7-year-old engaged and my husband entertained. Very happy with this purchase!" —Renee

    Price: $16.95

    29. A cute little tree to put in your child's room because I don't know about you, but my kids are enamored by our larger tree. Here is a way you can get them excited about the holidays and make their rooms extra festive.

    Small tree
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    Promising review: "Perfect for the porch or covered balcony, and at an excellent price. I took my time adjusting the branches. Definitely worth every penny. I might go back and get the 2.5-foot one, too." —Jchsf

    Price: $20

    30. Construction Site on Christmas Night, a cute storybook, for your budding construction worker. These books are our absolute favorite, my 2-year-old just can't get enough and the illustrations are just so darling.

    Construction Site on Christmas Night
    Target

    Promising review: "I bought this book at an after Christmas sale and am so happy I did. My boys (2 and 4) love this book. The rhymes clearly link it to other books in the series and the story is so sweet. It really made an impression on my preschooler. And the illustrations are beautiful." —Anja M 

    Price: $8.49

    31. And a holiday train and track setup because all parents know almost every child is in love with trains. What better way to *fuel* their passion then by incorporating it into your holiday decor! Plus this train blows real steam (just add water)!

    Train set
    Target

    Promising review: "My kids love this! Super easy to set up, and the kids can turn it on themselves when they want to play it. I haven’t tried the steam yet as our two year old is still getting used to the train moving on its own. Don’t hesitate buy it!" —Kcole 

    Price: $35

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