Category: Christmas Storytime

Elf on a Shelf Craft Program

I had a special December program that I called Elf on a Shelf Extravaganza. It was for all ages and a huge success! I picked a couple of books and songs from my go-to Christmas pile, setup the crafts and let the families have fun!

Books:

  • Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve
  • Bear Stays Up For Christmas
  • Mouse’s First Christmas
  • Little Santa
  • 12 Days of Christmas (the Jane Cabrera version)
  • The House That Santa Built
  • Santa Duck

Songs:

  • Snowflake, Snowflake by Carole Peterson from H.U.M.
  • This is Christmas Time by Kimbo from Holiday Piggyback Songs
  • Ring Those Bells by Wee Sing from Wee Sing for Christmas
  • Snow Fun by Carol Hammett from Preschool Action Time
  • I’m a Little Snowflake by Laurie Berkner from Whaddaya Think of That?
  • Hat and Jacket, Pants and Boots by Carole Stephens from Season Sings
  • Jingle Bells and Stop  by Carole Stephens from Season Sings
  • We’re Marching in the Snow  by Carole Stephens from Season Sings

Crafts:

Elf Gingerbread House Oriental Trading

 

Elf Gingerbread House Station
Gingerbread House for your elf (from Oriental Trading).

 

Elf Magic Scratch Ornaments
Magic Scratch Elf ornaments (also from Oriental Trading).

 

Elf Tattoo Station
Tattoo Station with soaking wet cotton balls. Works perfectly and no mess to clean up!

 

Elf on a Shelf Donuts
“Shrunkin’ Donuts”
Elf on a Shelf Shrunkin Donuts
Mini-donuts using Cheerios, frosting and sprinkles.
Elf on a Shelf Trees
Foam trees using dot markers as “ornaments.”
Elf on a Shelf Hats
Elf Hats with ears and cotton balls
Elf on a Shelf Bells
Bells using paper cups, bells, and pipe cleaners. Decorate with stickers and markers.

 

Mouse’s First Christmas

Mouse’s First Christmas

For the Flannel Friday Holiday Extravaganza I created a flannel to go with Mouse’s First Christmas. I read it like a mystery, keeping the book in my lap and reading the two adjectives, having the children guess what Mouse found. I also use my Mouse puppet, which the children love! I made enough for each child to have a piece of the story and have them come up with their pieces when they correctly guess the item that Mouse found.

Mouse finding a cookie
Mouse finding a cookie
Mouse finding a cup of hot cocoa
Mouse finding a cup of hot cocoa
Mouse finding a candy cane
Mouse finding a candy cane
Mouse finding a jingle bell
Mouse finding a jingle bell
Mouse finding a candle
Mouse finding a candle
Mouse finding an angel
Mouse finding an angel
Mouse finding a snowglobe (this is my favorite!)
Mouse finding a snowglobe (this is my favorite!)
Mouse finding a music box
Mouse finding a music box
Mouse finding the Christmas tree
Mouse finding the Christmas tree
Mouse finding presents
Mouse finding presents

For more holiday storytime ideas, check out What Happens in Storytime she’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!

Santa Duck

Santa Duck

Now is the perfect time to pick up storytime supplies for next year’s Christmas theme. I found Santa Duck a little too late to use this year, but I’m ready for next December! The picture book, Santa Duck, is cute on its own but I have my own take on it to use with puppets and props. You’ll find these props really cheap right now.

You’ll Need:

  • a duck puppet
  • a Santa hat
  • a Santa outfit (optional: I found one to go over a diaper for 99 cents!)
  • stackable Christmas boxes (I found this set for $4.00)
  • 4 other farm animal puppets and gifts to fill the boxes (see story)
  • Santa puppet (or boy puppet with beard)

My version of Santa Duck involves a little more mystery. Use your duck puppet for this story:

Nicholas Duck woke up on December 24 and gasped. (Can you gasp with him? I like to show them the Home Alone face and gasp together.) He realized that he never told Santa Claus what he wanted for Christmas. “If I don’t tell him what I want, it’s going to be another year of socks and underwear,” he said.  All of a sudden there was a knock on the door. Nicholas opened the door and there was a beautifully wrapped gift. “I wonder what this is?”

Santa Duck Opening GiftNicholas opened the gift and there was a Santa outfit. “Oh! A cozy, warm official Santa hat!” he said as he put it on. “I’m going to go find Santa,” he said as he left his house.

Santa DuckHe sang his favorite song as he skipped through the farm. “Jingle quack, jingle quack, jingle all the quack!”

(This is where you use 4 puppets you have on hand.) Just then Squirrel came running down from a tree and said, “Santa Duck I need to tell you something.” Squirrel whispered something into Nicholas’ ear then ran away. “How strange!” said Nicholas.

He kept skipping across the farm singing his favorite song, “Jingle quack, jingle quack, jingle all the quack!”

Just then Rabbit came up to Nicholas and said, “”Santa Duck I need to tell you something.” Rabbit whispered something into Nicholas’ ear then ran away. “How strange!” said Nicholas.

He kept skipping across the farm singing his favorite song, “Jingle quack, jingle quack, jingle all the quack!”

Just then Pig came up to Nicholas and said, “”Santa Duck I need to tell you something.” Pig whispered something into Nicholas’ ear then ran away. “How strange!” said Nicholas.

He kept skipping across the farm singing his favorite song, “Jingle quack, jingle quack, jingle all the quack!”

Just then Dog came up to Nicholas and said, “”Santa Duck I need to tell you something.” Dog whispered something into Nicholas’ ear then ran away.

“That’s it!” said Nicholas. “I can’t take it anymore!” He ran away from all the farm animals as fast as he could…until he ran into Santa himself! “No way!” said Nicholas.

“Way!” said Santa. “Has anything strange happened to you today?”

“Why yes!” said Nicholas. “Ever since I put on this hat all the farm animals have been coming up to me and telling me what they want for Christmas!”

“I sent that hat to you this morning,” said Santa. “I needed help getting presents ready for the farm. Do you remember what the farm animals told you?”

“Sure!” said Nicholas. He whispered to Santa.

“Wow! What a great memory you have!” said Santa. “Thanks for your help!” he said as he disappeared.

Just then Nicholas realized that he forgot to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. “Santa!” Nicholas yelled. “Come back!” Nicholas walked back home and found a note on his door. (You can print out a note to unfold and read to the kids.) It said, “Dear Santa Duck, Thank you so much for your help! I couldn’t have done it without you. May I count on you again next year? Gratefully, Santa.” Nicholas felt so proud he forgot what he wanted for Christmas. Getting to help Santa was the best gift of all. He got into bed and sang his favorite song,  “Jingle quack, jingle quack, jingle all the quack!”

Gift Tower

When he woke up in the morning, he found a stack of presents for the farm. (You can take each of the animals to open their gift. You can have the children guess what’s in each box.)

Squirrel was first. He opened up his gift and it was a bag of peanuts. “Oh! This was just what I wanted!”

Rabbit was second. He opened up his gift and it was a bunch of carrots. “Oh! This was just what I wanted!”

Pig was third. He opened up his gift and it was a bag of ready-to-make mud. “Oh! This was just what I wanted!”

Dog was fourth. He opened up his gift and it was a ball. “Oh! This was just what I wanted!”

Nicholas was fifth. He opened up his gift and it was cracked corn. “Oh! This was just what I wanted! Merry Christmas!” said the new Santa Duck.

The End

Some other farm animal/gift ideas include:

cat/ball of yarn

horse/saddle

goat/garbage can

llama/snow hat

turkey/chufa or November calendar page with Thanksgiving crossed out

chicken/corn

sheep/wool sweater

cow/grass or clover

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