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.

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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.

Baby reading a Christmas Board Book in a Santa Hat
Looking for our favourite Christmas Books then discover our selection of Christmas Board Books for Babies and Young Toddlers and our favourite Christmas Picture Books for Older Toddlers and Preschoolers.
kids reading christmas books infront of the christmas tree

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Nativity Story Reading Activities for Kids

Of the Christmas Books we have shared activities and crafts for here on Rainy Day Mum my favourite has been the Nativity Story. We think it’s important that children understand the reason that Christmas is celebrated whatever religion they are from. Introducing the story through crafts and learning activities helps them to understand, retell and also know about the reasoning behind the festivities. So click here to find the selection of Nativity Christmas Story Activities and Crafts.

Ideas for you on activities and crafts for The Nativity Story that you can help your children understand the true meaning of The Christmas Story.

Nutcracker Crafts and Activities

Although now a movie and a ballet. The Nutcracker is also one of our favourite Christmas storybooks. We featured this as one of the books within our annual countdown to Christmas back in 2016 have a variety of different Nutcracker Ballet, Book and Movie inspired activities and crafts for you and your little ones to try including some easy Nutcracker peg dolls and Nutcracker Props for Photos.

Be Inspired with 12 fantastic ideas for Nutcracker Crafts and Activities for Kids. Read the book, watch the film, visit the ballet and CREATE together.The Polar Express

Another classic Christmas Story is The Polar Express, another book we featured back in the Book Activities for Advent in 2016. Featuring Polar Express Crafts and Activities we had fun making things like the Polar Express Ticket Punch and the DIY Polar Express Christmas Cards.

Fun ideas for Christmas with these Polar Express Activities and Crafts for Kids. From Preschoolers and toddlers through to STEM investigations for grades 2+

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Activities and Crafts

Written as a promotion for a department store Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story and song have become part of our and our children’s Christmas memories. We featured this classic book in our advent in 2017 and created a range of Reindeer Inspired Crafts and Activities for Kids based on the loveable reindeer that helps Santa on the foggy Christmas Eve.

Inspired by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer these activities, crafts and recipes are ideal for kids of all ages to do, make and enjoy.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Crafts and Activities

With a movie, cartoon and book How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss is a firm favourite in our house. Especially with a boy that loves everything GREEN! So creating Grinch Crafts, Recipes, Drinks and Activities was a lot of fun. Check out our Grinch Smoothie and the fabulous Grinch Mum Hair Do for something to WOW the kids this Christmas as you read the book together.

Fantastic selection of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! book and movie inspired activities, crafts and recipes for kids of all ages.

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.

Fun snowman-themed crafts, learning activities and recipes ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to do this winter or Christmas time.

More Activity and Craft Ideas for Christmas Books

DIY First Christmas Ornaments

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.

Pattern making based around the book Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett to create a pretty scented Christmas Decoration

Make some Gingerbread Salt Dough and create a garland of Gingerbread men, ladies and friends based on the book Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

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.

Multiple player DIY math game inspired by The Gingerbread Man focusing on learning basic shapes ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to play.

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.

Check out these other ideas from some other sites

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas ABC Game – from Growing Book by Book

Dream Snow Sensory Bottle – from Inspiration Laboratories

Why Christmas Trees aren’t Perfect Pine Branch Ornament – from I can Teach my Child

Watercolor Christmas Trees – from 3 Dinosaurs

Munsch Inspired Body Drawings – from Study at Home Mama

Gingerbread Man Collage Craft – from Toddler Approved

More Christmas Activities and Crafts

24 Advent Activities for Toddler and Preschoolers with crafts, baking, traditions, nature hunts and Family Fun these are great fun to countdown to Christmas
Simple, Easy, Doable and Fun Christmas crafts, recipes, sensory play and other activities for toddlers perfect for the festive season.

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.

Don’t Forget to Pin These Ideas for Christmas Reading Activities to Find Again Easily.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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