Thursday, December 22, 2011

7 Christmas Picture Books

The Christmas Day KittenThe Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot
A country veterinarian remembers a Christmas gift given by a cat.
The Polar ExpressThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A boy travels to the North Pole and receives the first gift of Christmas.
The Christmas Tree That Grew (A Little Golden Book)The Christmas Tree That Grew by Phyllis Kravilovski
A Christmas tree grows out of one family's apartment into the next. (Out of print.)
Guess Who's Coming to Santa's for Dinner? (Picture Puffin Books)Guess who's Coming to Santa's For Dinner? by Tomie DePaola
Santa has a lot of guests around his Christmas dinner table!
"I'm Not Santa!"I'm Not Santa! by Jonathan Allen
A cute little chick insists that wearing a Santa hat does not make him Santa Claus.
Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas YarnShall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise
Mother Rabbits knits a hat for Little Rabbit, who then insists upon giving hats to all his friends.
Jolly Christmas PostmanThe Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Peek inside the Christmas correspondence of all your favorite fairy tale characters!

Gettin' Crafty Holiday Post #2

Two more holiday-themed crafts to share today.

1. Paper Ornaments

  • Construction paper
  • Stencils created from thick paper
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Stickers 
  • Crayons and markers

Last year, I prepared for this activity and then no one showed up for the program, so I actually had almost everything premade. I cut out the various ornament shapes we used - gingerbread men, trees, stars, and plain Christmas balls - and also cut apart sheets of stickers to make them into smaller sheets so it would be easier for the kids to share. I punched the holes ahead of time as well, so all the kids had to was design their ornament and attach the string.  

2. Santa Claus Beards
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Santa Claus coloring sheet
I wasn't actually at the library to see how this one turned out, but the basic idea was to color Santa, then glue cotton balls for his beard.

Need more ideas? Also check out Gettin' Crafty Holiday Post #1.

Regular Gettin' Crafty posts will return in January. Happy holidays!
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