By: Dr. Candace Byrd
Let’s take a look at two of our favorite Christmas activity books. Both books are full of interactive content including games, puzzles, and coloring pages. Get your little ones in the holiday spirit by including them in their stockings so they have an activity ready to go in case of any lulls in the Christmas day festivities. They would also be great to keep on hand during holiday travel. However you decide to use them, these books will bring hours of holiday fun!
This book features the well-loved characters from the stop-motion animated classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. There are 64 pages of activities including coloring pages, spot-the-difference, mazes, word scrambles, and puzzles. There’s even pages for you to make your Christmas wish list and write a letter to Santa. Best of all, this activity book includes five colored pencils with toppers featuring the different characters.
Recommended for ages 6-8
Is there anything more exciting than a sticker book? For my kids, they’re at the very top of the list! This book has 72 pages of colorful illustrations that encourage counting, matching, spotting the difference, connecting the dots, and more. And did I mention the stickers? It comes with over 85 puffy stickers that are sure to delight!
Recommended for ages 3-5
We were inspired to create our own craft activity incorporating elements of each book. For this activity, you will need craft paper, scissors, and glue. This craft was completed by my 7-year-old, but I will make recommendations for advanced crafters as we go through each step.
Step 1: Choose your craft paper. This will serve as the base material for your stocking!
Step 2: Carefully trace your stocking outline onto the paper. You can free hand or use your Christmas stocking as a guide! We decided to try it free hand.
Step 3: Cut along the lines of your stocking drawing.
Step 4: Using your paper stocking as a guide, trace another outline on a separate piece of craft paper. We chose to make both sides of our stocking solid green, but you can choose different colors or patterns!
Step 5: Glue along the outer edges of the stockings and press together firmly. We used a glue stick. Do not put any glue on the top, because you will want an opening to the stocking. Advanced crafters could use a needle and embroidery thread to sew their stocking together instead of using glue.
Step 6: Get creative! We chose to use patterned paper to make a “cuff” for the top of our stocking. Other possible embellishments include poms, sequins, glitter, any anything else that strikes your fancy! You can also use the colored pencils from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A Christmas Activity Book to draw a Christmas scene or write your name.
Step 7: Decorate with stickers from Christmas Super Puffy Stickers! Christmas Fun! My son decided to tell a story with his stickers. He made the characters appear that they were sliding down a snow-covered hill. I suggested pulling apart cotton balls to make snow, but he wanted to use a white colored pencil, and since this was his project, he had full creative license!
Step 8: Stuff your stocking! We used the pencil toppers from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A Christmas Activity Book. They were the perfect addition to the stocking!
Dr. Candace Byrd is a mother of two with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She has a passion for sharing high quality picture books and promoting early literacy, play-based learning, and social emotional well-being.