Welcome to ABC Your Way to Christmas Books and Activities Part 2! If you missed the introduction, books and activities for letters A-M, head over ABC Your Way to Christmas (Part 1). I hope you and your family have been enjoying all of the activities so far. Below you will find the remainder of the books and activities for letters N-Z.
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N is for night.
Book: Snowmen at Christmas by Buehner
Activity: Take a walk around the neighborhood tonight and admire the holiday displays. You might check out a local zoo or other attraction for special displays too.
O is for one and only.
Book: One Splendid Tree by Helmer
Activity: Make your very own snowman decoration just like the one in the book. Directions can be found in the back of the book.
Materials: See material list at the back of the book.
P is for poinsettia.
Book: The Legend of the Poinsettia by DePaola
Activity: Create pointillism poinsettia gift tags for this year’s presents.
Materials: poinsettia template, white or red paper, red and white paint, green crayon, scissors and double stick tape
Q is for quiet.
Book: The Christmas Quiet Book by Underwood
Activity: Snuggle up with the family on a blanket next to the Christmas tree tonight. Just queitly lay and enjoy the company!
Materials: a blanket
R is for rock music.
Book: Rock Star Santa by Krause
Activity: Write and perform your own family version of a favorite Christmas tune. You can even make your own musical instruments to accompany your song. You might want to even videotape the performance.
Materials: paper, writing utensils, empty containers, beans, tape and lots of imagination!
S is for scavenger hunt.
Book: Christmas City by Garland
Activity: Give each person a scavenger hunt list and then head outside. As you find an item on the list, cross it off.
Materials: scavenger hunt list and writing utensil
T is for tamales.
Book: Too Many Tamales by Soto
Activity: Every Christmas Eve, my family makes tamales for dinner. Today, head to a local Mexican grocery store to purchase the ingredients needed for the tamales. It’s a long process to make the tamales, but oh so fun and yummy.
Materials: favorite tamales recipe and ingredients
U is for underwater.
Book: A Fishmas Carol by Kearney
Activity: Tonight, let the kiddos take a Christmas themed bath. Bath Activities blog shares a fun Christmas party bath.
Materials: green and red food coloring, peppermint extract, balloons, red and green foam sheets, and shaving cream
V is for vanished.
Book: The Night Santa Got Lost- How NORAD Saved Christmas by Keane
Activity: Leave a hidden message for your child to read using special pens and paper. Your kids can then write messages in return.
Materials: secret marker kit
W is for wreath.
Book: The Christmas Wreath by Hoffman
Activity: Make an ice wreath to hang on your door or in a tree. You will need to gather a few items from nature such as pine cones, holly berries and twigs. Place them in ring mold and fill with water. Freeze until solid. Allow to thaw for a few minutes and then turn over to unmold. Tie a string around the wreath and hang. The temperature outside will determine how long your wreath will last.
Materials: ring mold pan, nature items (pine cones, twigs, etc.), water
X is for uneXpected surprises.
Book: Oh, What a Christmas by Garland
Activity: Make today a day of unexpected surprises. How about breakfast for dinner?
Materials: TBD depending on what unexpected surprises you plan.
Y is for you.
Book: The Littlest Christmas Tree by Jasin
Activity: Celebrate YOU! What have you accomplished this year? What are you most proud of? What do you want to work on? Jot down your thoughts and discuss at the dinner table tonight.
Materials: paper or journal and writing utensil
Z is for Z..z..z..’s
Book: The Night Before Christmas by Brett
Activity: Dress in a pair of new PJs and make a last-minute to do list before going to bed. Cookies for Santa? Check! Carrot for Rudolph? Check! Now, get some zzzzz’s because tomorrow is Christmas day.
Materials: new PJs, paper and writing utensil
Don’t forget to download and print out the special Message Cards N-Z.
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