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!

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The Christmas Owl by Gideon Sterer | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
About the Book

New York Times bestseller! Experience the beautiful story that captivated the country about a little owl found in the world’s most famous Christmas tree.

When Little Owl’s home is cut down by people saying it will make a beautiful Christmas tree, she’s not sure she wants anything to do with Christmas, whatever that means. But then she is saved by a woman named Ellen, whose house is merrily decorated for the holiday, and filled with birds who need someone to care for them. Surrounded by kindness and helpful new friends, Little Owl begins to wonder if Christmas might not be such a bad thing after all….

Co-written by Ellen Kalish, caretaker of the real owl found inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, The Christmas Owl is a charming story of friendship, compassion, and the true meaning of this special time of year.

Make Paper Owl Craft

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Paper Plate Owl Craft with construction paper eyes, beak, and feet

WATCH the Video to meet the Owl!



Meet the Owl Found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree | NBC New York


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Mortimer's Christmas Manger - Kindle edition by Wilson, Karma, Chapman, Jane. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Mortimer is a small mouse who longs for a warm house of his own. The little hole he lives in now is “Too cold and Too cramped”. One day he finds a little home just his size. It is full of hay and surrounded by animals. The little cradle in the middle even has a statue of a baby! Mortimer moves the baby statue so he can sleep there instead. But can you guess what home Mortimer has found? Can you guess who is in that cozy cradle?

A lovely little book for children, which introduces the nativity story in a way a child can relate. Through Mortimer, children learn the true meaning of Christmas. This is a warm story with bright and delightful illustrations!

Make a Paper Mouse from

Paper Mouse Craft

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TeachingBooks | The Night of His Birth

About the Book

Sing out, my soul, the wonder . . . Mary’s baby has arrived, and she can’t contain her joy! As Joseph sleeps, she examines her newborn’s tiny mouth, his wild hair, his little hands. Yet what’s most wondrous is that this child is not just Mary’s own but a gift that God has shared with everyone. Poetic text by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson and striking images by Lisa Aisato reveal the intimacy of that unforgettable night long ago, when the mother of Jesus was the first to welcome him into a world he would change forever. The Night of His Birth is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

MAKE Mary and Jesus Christmas Ornament from 

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Secret Santas And The Twelve Days of Christmas Giving - Children's Christmas Books for Ages 2-7, Discover the Gift of Spreading Christmas Cheer to Those In Need - Kid's Holiday Book About Kindness: 9781955151979: Courtney Petruzzelli ... - Amazon.com

About the Book

Help children learn the true joy of giving this holiday season, by introducing them to Secret Santas, and the elite team of extra-good children who help Santa spread holiday cheer.

This charming, rhyming, and gorgeously illustrated book is a unique and sweet take on Christmas. Understanding that the holiday season is about sharing and giving helps children to learn important lessons in gratitude, empathy, and generosity.

Every child who reads it will want to become a part of Santa’s secret team, spreading holiday cheer around the world. Secret Santas is sure to be a family favorite for many holiday seasons to come!

MAKE Ornament Napkins

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pomegrant ornament napkins

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About the Book

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.

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About the Book

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

 

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Milo's Christmas Parade: Palmer, Jennie: 9781419744990: Amazon.com: Books

About the Book

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

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Tomie dePaola's Christmas Tree Book: dePaola, Tomie: 9780823442386: Amazon.com: BooksAbout the Book

While 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

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Amazon.com: The Little Reindeer (My Little Animal Friend) (9781481486866): Killen, Nicola, Killen, Nicola: BooksAbout the Book

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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2 Comments

Kid Lit TV Commenter Adreth Rackliff

I am thrilled you have some crafts made from recycled items, such as using a yogurt container cover to create a Christmas tree. I have many such covers and containers, empty cardboard rolls from paper towels and toilet paper too.

Kids should learn to recycle when possible by reusing items, like you have done, for which this grandmother is grateful!

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