I grew up without ever reading The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. It wasn’t until 2015 when my kids were at the point of enjoying sitting and watching Christmas Movies that we sat down one Sunday afternoon in the weeks leading up to Christmas to watch it as a family. I was enchanted by the story and quickly added the book to our Christmas Book Collection. So this year’s storybook advent I knew that I had to feature this classic Christmas story as one of our 4 featured books. The guest bloggers for the series have produced some amazing Polar Express activities and crafts for kids and we added our own in as part of the weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids.

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

The Polar Express Crafts

First off I’m going to share our Polar Express Crafts with you.

Create your own Polar Express Train Ticket Craft with this simple tutorial on making your own jingling ticket for Christmas Crafting Fun for Kids.

The ticket features in the book a lot and this Crafty version also has the Bell. Check out the full instructions on how to make this Polar Express Jingling Ticket. I love the stitching on it and with young children, you could swap out the embroidery thread, use some yarn and a bigger needle and help then start to sew.

Create this fun and easy Polar Express "I believe" inspired Christmas Card Craft that is ideal to make with children or for children.

Handmade cards are great to make with kids and these Believe Christmas Cards are perfect – do check out the tip on where to get mirror card from – I hadn’t thought of that but turns out I had loads of it laying around.


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


Polar Express Hands-on Learning Activities for Kids

Christmas themed hands-on learning activity to help young children with their awareness of beginning sounds in this Polar Express Activity.

Learning through play and hands-on activities is one of the best ways to help children of all ages learn and understand. I set up a very simple activity to help with listening to the beginning sounds of words which my eldest then transformed the activity into a spelling game that he could join in with as well.

Stuck indoors then these Polar Express gross motor activities will get your kids up and moving around and working out some of that energy

It’s horrid being stuck indoors and with kids it’s an even bigger struggle as they have so much energy that needs to be used. These suggestions for getting active with the story of the The Polar Express look so much fun.

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

The bloggers that I invited to guest post this week love their STEM and the first activity a coded bell key chain made the geek in me excited that I could combine two of my passions – coding and crafts.

Fun Science and Engineering investigation based on the book The Polar Express, exploring and investigating how to launch the sleigh!

And then we have a ramp investigation with a little craft in as well with a Sleigh STEM investigation.

Read or Watch The Polar Express and be inspired to work on some fine motor skills with these DIY Polar Express Fine Motor Tickets.

As we had a GROSS MOTOR activity our regular contributor Emma created this fine motor activity for the Polar Express based on the ticket there are a few different ideas to use.

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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