I am just not good at crafts. I wish I was but I’m not. This is why I am so excited for a Christmas Crafts for Kids book. I can really use it. I’m also excited that the author is a fellow blogger, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Beth Gorden. Her eBook contains more than 100 activities, crafts and recipes based on children’s books (which makes me deliriously happy!). But more than that, it is a labor of love that took Beth more than one year to write.
Christmas Craft eBook for Kids Giveaway
She has wonderful books, crafts, activities, recipes and and ideas for celebrating 24 days of Christmas. If you wanted to use some of her ideas for Advent, she also has them organized by the day. Her book makes me want to move in with her for the holiday season!
If you are looking to start a holiday tradition (or two) for your kids, this is a wonderful place to get ideas.
Day 1: Elf on a Shelf
Day 2: J is for Jesus
Day 3: The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Higgs
The Pine Tree Parable tells the heartwarming tale of a farmer and his family who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees.
When the trees are tall enough to offer to their neighbors, the farmer’s wife plans to keep the most beautiful pine tree for her family, until one snowy December night when a child teaches her the true meaning of Christmas.
Day 4: The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry
Christmas is almost here! Little Bear can smell it—and so can you because it’s a Scratch and Sniff Picture Book! The air is filled with the aroma of gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, the piney Christmas tree, and yummy hot apple pie.
Day 5: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May
Over seventy years later, the beloved classic is once again available in a hardcover faithful facsimile of the 1939 Rudolph, with original text and original Denver Gillen illustrations.
Day 6: A Royal Christmas by Lisa Ann Marsoli
The Disney Princesses celebrate the holidays!
Day 7: Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
You’ve heard of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus but this story is from the camels’ perspective. Humphrey the camel tells his story of the long, cold journey to Bethlehem.
Day 8: The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure — and all the magic of Christmas morning.
Day 9: The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
Based on a deeply personal true story, Glenn Beck’s bittersweet tale of boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the giving season has touched the hearts of readers everywhere.
Day 10: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is too tall, so he trims off the top and gives the top to the upstairs maid for her tree, and she finds it too tall, so she cuts off the top, which the gardener uses for his tree, but it is too tall .
Day 11: The Christmas House by Carol Bullman
As the music pours into the night, each passing neighbor is drawn to the house from which it comes. A knock on the door reveals the happy couple with their newborn baby enjoying the true spirit of Christmas-without the need for presents stacked under a tree
Day 12: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
Mouse is back for the holidays! A first sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, starring Mouse!
Day 13: 12 Days of Christmas by Jan Brett
A centuries-old favorite holiday carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving.
Day 14: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic.
Day 15: The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child.
Day 16: Dream Snow is by Eric Carle
It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.
Day 17: A Present for Santa Claus by David Wood
One Christmas morning, Sam wakes up to find that Santa has brought him just what he asked for. But that night he can’t help but wonder: Does anyone ever give Santa a gift?
Day 18: A Snowman Named Just Bob by Mark Kimball Moulton
With a message of friendship to warm the coldest nights, Bob the Snowman captures the hearts of adults and children alike.
Day 19: A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic.
Day 20: The Penguin who Wanted to be Different: A Christmas Wish by Maria O’Neill
Dorothy Penguin, disturbed that all penguins look alike, asks Santa to grant her wish to be just a little bit different.
Day 21: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
It’s Christmas, and Dr. Seuss has a classic holiday tale that will make for the perfect gift. Join cherished characters The Grinch, Max, Cindy Lou, and the residents of Who-ville for a comical and heartwarming story about the affects the Christmas spirit can have on even the smallest and coldest of hearts.
Day 22: Drummer Boy by Loren Long
In this charming Christmas story, a toy drummer boy embarks–accidentally–on a journey on which he plays his drum and warms the hearts of everyone he encounters, from a rat to a snowman.
Day 23: God Gave us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder…
“Who invented Christmas?”
Day 24: Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
This New York Times bestseller is a holiday treat!
Alternate: Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
If there’s one thing Llama Llama doesn’t like, it’s waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come?
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