Every December we host a special holiday storytime. To get in the holiday spirit we read Christmas books, dance with jingle bells, make ornament crafts and eat yummy treats! This year I added a few stations with fun activities for parents and kids to do together 🙂
1. How Many Sleeps ‘Till Christmas? by
2. Llama LLama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
3. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
Although this is a board book it’s fairly large and was big enough for my group to see. The kids loved counting the Christmas tree’s being delivered!
Five Little Bells
Five little bells hanging in a row, (Hold up five fingers.)
The first one said, “Ring me slow.”(Hold up one finger.)
The second one said, “Ring me fast.” (Hold up two fingers.)
The third one said, “Ring me last.” (Hold up three fingers.)
The forth one said, “I’m like a chime.”(Hold up four fingers.)
The fifth one said, “Ring us all at Christmas time.”(Hold up five fingers.)
Source: The Holiday Zone
Where is Santa? (sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Where is Santa? Where is Santa? (hands behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (arms out in front making a belly shape!)
Merry, Merry Christmas! Merry, Merry, Christmas!
(keep arms up through the rest of the song!)
Ho! Ho! Ho!, Ho! Ho! Ho!
Source: Child Fun
Reindeer Poky (sung to the tune of “The Hokey Poky”)
You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Poky and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your hooves in….
You put your red nose in….
You put your fluffy tail in…
You put your reindeer body in..
Source: Laptime Songs
A Christmas favorite made by Leah a few years ago 🙂
This flannel board and rhyme came from the Library Quine as part of the Flannel Friday Holiday Extravaganza! Get the awesome PDF templates to make Rudolph (as well as the complete words to the rhyme) at Loons and Quines @ Librarytime.
The rhyme continues through many different colors, until finally….
Rudolph, Rudolph, the children are in bed
And now we can get on our way because your nose is RED.
Fisher Price Christmas Sing-Along
We use bells to dance and sing to Jingle Bells & Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
1. Christmas Tree Counting
I found this idea from Rockabye Butterfly and thought it was so great! I made the Christmas tree printout on Publisher and then laminated it. Using pom-poms as ornaments the kids can count and decorate the tree!
2. Mix & Match Holiday Puzzles
These were too cute and the group had so much fun making their own Christmas Characters. I found this free download at Itsy Bitsy Fun. After downloading the free printable, I recommend laminating the puzzle pieces!
Both of these ornament crafts came from Oriental Trading. The reindeer is a bit easier and requires no glue (sticker foam pieces). The pack comes with reindeer, santa, and snowman ornaments. The candy cane mouse craft works better for an older age group.
This is yummy mix of M&M’s pretzels, and honeycombs coated in a peanut butter, chocolate, powdered sugar mixture!
5 cups sweetened corn & oat honeycomb-shaped cereal or cereal squares
2 cups thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*
1 (11.5-ounce) (1 1/2 cups) package real milk chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup red and green candy-coated milk chocolate candies
1. Cover 2 baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. Combine cereal and pretzels in bowl; set aside.
2. Place butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips in another bowl. Microwave 45 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving 15-45 seconds or until butter and chocolate are melted. Stir until smooth.
3. Pour chocolate mixture immediately over cereal in bowl; stir until well coated. Spread mixture evenly in single layer on prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes to set.
4. Break into bite-sized pieces; divide mixture between 2 large resealable plastic food bags. Pour 1/2 cup powdered sugar into each bag; seal bags. Shake bags until mixture is well coated. Place 1/2 cup chocolate pieces in each bag; seal bags. Carefully shake to distribute chocolate pieces.
5. Spoon mixture into ice cream cones, if desired. Store mixture in resealable plastic food bags or container with tight-fitting lid in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
Source: Land O Lakes Recipes