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.
The Polar Express Crafts
First off I'm going to share our Polar Express Crafts with you.
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.
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.
Polar Express Hands-on Learning Activities for Kids
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.
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.
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.
And then we have a ramp investigation with a little craft in as well with a Sleigh STEM investigation.
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.