One of the ways that we have encouraged a love of reading and learning with our kids is to match books with fun crafts and activities. We started when they were toddlers and continued through to school age. That love of picture and storybook based activities has spread over onto Rainy Day Mum and for many years now we have been creating reading activities for kids based on some of our favourite books. Christmas books are one of the areas that we continue to use as inspiration for crafts and activities and run an annual Storybook Advent which features 4 classic children's storybooks and picture books with crafts, activities and recipes based around them aimed at Toddlers and Preschoolers. Continue below to find inspiration for matching books and activities this Christmas for your children.
Christmas Books and Activities
These Christmas Books are some of our favourites but don't forget to pin or bookmark this page as we update it each year with more storybook crafts and activities to enjoy during the festive season.
We have included links on the book images and in the text (blue underlined) to our favourite version of the books below. If you buy via the link we may earn a small commission on the sale.
Nativity Story Reading Activities for Kids
Nutcracker Crafts and Activities
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Activities and Crafts
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Crafts and Activities
The Snowman Storybook Activities and Crafts
Growing up my favourite Christmas story was always The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. I loved the movie, the book and the music. Choosing this as a feature Christmas Book to share ideas within our Storybook Advent was one of my favourites. Click through on the image below or the blue underlined link to find The Snowman Themed Activities, Recipes and Crafts for Kids ideal for some book themed Christmas fun.
More Activity and Craft Ideas for Christmas Books
Read Spot's First Christmas by Eric Hill with your baby or young toddler and create some keepsakes to remind you of how very little they once were with these First Christmas Ornament Craft to do.
Make some Gingerbread Salt Dough and create a garland of Gingerbread men, ladies and friends based on the book Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett.
Inspired by the book Coppernickel Goes Mondrian by Wouter van Reek we created some Mondrian Stained Glass Ornaments for the Christmas Tree. These were fantastic when they caught the light on the big tree as the colours really shone through.
Another Jan Brett book this time The Gingerbread Baby and a shape learning activity based on this beautiful children's picture book and story. Check out the FREE Printable Gingerbread Shape Game for another book based activity for kids this Christmas.
More Christmas Activities and Crafts
Countdown to Christmas with our Advent Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers filled with Christmas Crafts, Activities, Recipes and ideas for spending time together with your little ones.
Looking for crafts that are best for your toddlers then check out our list of Christmas Crafts and Activities for Toddlers these are tried and tested by my own kids and their friends and you can really do them with the kids and it won't be you do them and they watch.