KidLit Crafts & Activities for Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

To get into the Christmas Spirit,
read these Christmas-themed picture books, then settle in for good fun
making these Best of the Web Crafts & Activities to celebrate the season!

Read the Book – Merry Christmas from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of all that is festive during the holiday season. This beautiful book features Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork of Christmas delights—from presents to snowflakes and even Santa Claus—with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. This sweet little book is the perfect Christmas present for readers young and old.



Read the Book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Eve

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and friends stay awake for a special visitor in this beautiful new lift-the-flap story – perfect for Christmas!

In this brand new lift-the-flap story, set on a silent, snowy Christmas Eve, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is hoping for a very special visitor.

Lift-the-flap on every page to discover who’s at home. Could it be Father Christmas?



* Make these crafts to celebrate Christmas with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! *

Click Here to make Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments

A craft from The Best Ideas For Kids

Click Here to make a Paper Plate Santa

A craft from Arty Crafty Kids


Milo's Christmas Parade: Palmer, Jennie: 9781419744990: Books

Read the Book — Milo’s Christmas Parade

Every year, Milo and his family watch the Christmas parade.
Well, Milo is the only one who’s really watching. The other opossums are interested only in snacking on dropped bits of popcorn and peppermint sticks. But Milo is riveted by the colorful costumes, giant balloons, and fantastic parade floats trimmed with fringe.
It’s his dream to one day join the Christmas parade. And this year, with a plan, hard work, and the unwavering support of his passel, Milo is determined to make his dream come true.
After months of drafting and building, Milo’s float is ready to roll, but is the Christmas parade ready for Milo? From author-illustrator Jennie Palmer comes a celebration of Christmas, family, and learning to shine bright.

* Make snacks & decorations for your Christmas Parade watch party! *

Click Here to make Peppermint Stick Cookies 
A recipe from Taste of Home

Click Here to make Paper Cup Christmas Bells
A craft from First Pallete

Read the Book — Tomie dePaola’s Christmas Tree Book

Tomie dePaola's Christmas Tree Book: dePaola, Tomie: 9780823442386: BooksWhile picking out their Christmas tree, a couple of curious kids start to wonder where Christmas trees came from. Who invented the first one? How did they become so popular? And how have they changed over the years?
Celebrated children’s author Tomie dePaola is here to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Christmas trees—and everything you never even thought to wonder about. With bright illustrations and kid-friendly text, Tomie dePaola’s Christmas Tree Book is full of facts, history, and legends.

* Make ornaments and mini Christmas Trees! *

Click Here to download a template for a printable Christmas Ornament
A craft from Holiday House

Click Here to make a Pinecone Christmas Tree

A craft from PJs and Paint

Click Here to make a Plastic Lid Christmas Tree
A craft from I Heart Crafty Things

Click Here to make a Paper Christmas Tree

A craft from I Heart Crafty Things The Little Reindeer (My Little Animal Friend) (9781481486866): Killen, Nicola, Killen, Nicola: BooksRead the Book – The Little Reindeer

An enchanting Christmas story about a magical yet unlikely friendship between a little girl and a lost reindeer sure to be a Christmas classic lovingly told and illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts.

When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red.

* Make a Reindeer, then set off on your magical adventure! *

Click Here to make a Hobby Horse Reindeer

A craft from I Heart Crafty Things

Click Here to make a Chocolate Scented Reindeer from homemade playdough

A craft from Kids Craft Room

CHOCOLATE SCENTED REINDEER PLAY DOUGH is such a fun Christmas sensory play activity for kids. This no-cook play dough recipe is easy to make and so fun. Add eyes and red noses for an adorable reindeer craft session. #sensoryplay #christmas #sensory #playdough #playdoughrecipe #reindeer #reindeercraft #christmasactivities #christmasforkids #kidscraftroom

MEGAN CAHILL-ASSENZA – is from Northport, NY, and a recent Children’s Literature Fellow from Stony Brook University. A writer, filmmaker, and animal lover, Megan is pursuing a career in children’s literature. She currently works in the Academic Tutoring Center at Suffolk County Community College.

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