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Enjoy a Story and Make a Simple Ornament

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Are you looking for an easy Christmas activity to enjoy with your children? First find a beautiful Christmas picture book to read to your kids, then get out the craft supplies and make a simple Christmas ornament.

My boys loved stories and making ornaments, so we really enjoyed the weeks leading up to Christmas. Any excuse to snuggle up with a good book and then get out all our sparkly craft stuff! This week I’ve picked out one of my favorite Christmas pictures books for you to enjoy with your children. I have also found a simple Christmas ornament to go along with it. Get ready to enjoy those sparkles.

First the book

Are you looking for an easy Christmas activity to enjoy with your children? First find a beautiful Christmas picture book to read to your kids, then get out the craft supplies and make a simple Christmas ornament.
The Gifts by Regina Fackelmayer.

Mia is all set for Christmas. She has everything she needs for Christmas dinner, gifts for her dog and cat, a hat for herself, and a Christmas tree. On her way home Mia stops to help an old man who has slipped on the ice and she leaves her tree behind. Later that day she goes out searching for her tree and gives away her new hat to a little boy who has lost his.

Alas Mia cannot find her tree anywhere and as she observes, “Christmas without a Christmas tree just isn’t the same.” However all is not lost, because later that night, the people she helped earlier appear at her doorway with her Christmas tree, decorated and lit with candles.

This is a lovely Christmas story to read and I  really appreciate the focus on giving. The illustrations are beautiful and preschoolers are captivated by the  hunt for Mia’s Christmas tree. It’s a wonderful book to read with your children.

I would advise you to borrow this book from the library, however if you wish to purchase it just click on the picture above (affiliate link).

While You Are Reading

Take your time to enjoy this book and try not to speed through the story. Point out the details in the pictures that interest you and encourage your child to do the same. Ask a few questions such as

  • Where do you think Mia left her tree?
  • How would you feel if we lost our Christmas tree?
  • What do you think will happen next? (Do this several times as the story progresses).
  • How could we help others at Christmas time?

Sing a Song

I found a number of Christmas finger plays and songs to use, but this one was my favorite:

We’ll Decorate the Tree (Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
We’ll decorate the tree,
We’ll decorate the tree.
Heigh-ho, it’s Christmas time,
We’ll decorate the tree.

The cookies we will bake,
The cookies we will bake,
Heigh-ho, it’s Christmas time,
The cookies we will bake,

Christmas songs we’ll sing,
Christmas songs we’ll sing,
Heigh-ho, it’s Christmas time,
Christmas songs we’ll sing,

Why not make up your own verses?

Make a simple Christmas  ornament

Are you looking for an easy Christmas activity to enjoy with your children? First find a beautiful Christmas picture book to read to your kids, then get out the craft supplies and make a simple Christmas ornament.You will need

  • Green Popsicle sticks (or paint some plain ones)
  • glue stick
  • card stock or craft foam
  • small decorations (such as small pompoms, buttons, sparkles, sequins, stickers)
  • ribbon or baker’s twine
  • hot glue gun

 Instructions

You may want to do the first two steps ahead of time if you have a toddler.

  1. Use hot glue to create a triangle with the Popsicle sticks
  2. Cut a trunk out of card stock or craft foam and hot glue it to the back of the tree
  3. Provide a variety of small decorations and invite your child to decorate the tree to their hearts content.
  4. Buttons will probably have to be hot glued on, but if you are nervous about using a glue gun with your preschooler try using glue dots instead. They work really well.
  5. Help your child add a hanging loop.

Have fun!

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Are you looking for more Christmas activities for specifically for toddlers?  Check out the Toddler Christmas Activity Blog Hop!

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8 thoughts on “Enjoy a Story and Make a Simple Ornament”

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  2. What a lovely Christmas book. We never know what to read at Christmas, this looks like a wonderful book. We may just go ahead and make that tree too, thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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