Do you remember what it felt like to believe in Santa? I honestly don’t, but I can remember the feeling that the world was a magical place and anything was possible. It was world of wonder and excitement. I feel like The Polar Express embodies that feeling that the world is magical and full of excitement.

The Polar Express is one book that I can justify leaving out all year long. The illustrations are fantastic but the message is even better. And the imagery of the bell – the simplicity and innocence of that bell – is something I want to foster all the time.

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

 

So we made bell key chains. But I love incorporating STEM into everything possible so we added a twist to our bell key chains. For my personal key chain, I added my kids first initial in binary code!

How to Make Your Own Christmas STEM Bell Key Chain

Materials Needed for this Christmas STEM Bell Key Chain

Tiny Perler beads

Bell

Key Chain

Yarn or String

How to Make your Christmas STEM Key Chain

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

Use a binary alphabet chart and plan out what letters/words you’ll use. I did red and green perler beads and had red be 1 and green be 0. You could do any combination of two colors! Little Bins for Little Hands has a great print out for the binary alphabet here! We did first initials but you could also do whole names, holiday words, or anything that comes to mind!

To get the yarn on the needle is a bit tough. I simple threaded a piece of thread and made a loop.

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

Put your yarn through the loop and then pull the thread through with the yarn trailing. The yarn was hard to pull through but it did go eventually!

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

Then you have the yarn through the needle! I started with the bell on already but you can attach it after, too.

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

Then we added the beads in the correct order. I repeated mine a second time so it would be long enough.

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

If you haven’t added the bell, do that now! Then finish off with the keychain.

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

You could also leave off the key chain and use these as decoration or ornaments for the tree! We are going to make a set with our names for the Christmas Tree.

Polar Express themed STEM activity that creates a Key Chain at the same time

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Out Now! – Countdown to Christmas Ebook

When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?

But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!

I’ve been there!

So that is why we’ve put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.

Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.

Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.


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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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