Welcome to the Christmas storytime blog.

We had great fun at the library Christmas storytimes this year where we read some amazing stories, sang some carols and made fantastic decorations that the children took home. At my storytime we painted and decorated amazing wind chime ornaments and Jess’s group tried their hands at weaving sparkly thread to make beautiful decorations. After the sessions, the children took home candy canes and Christmas cards from the staff.

This weeks’ blog will give you a few books, craft and song ideas to share at home while Storytime is on a break for the holidays. I hope you enjoy the selection.

XOX
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Book Cover - Santa's Beard” title=“View this item in the library catalogue

Santa’s Beard written and illustrated by Matilda Tristram, Tom Duxbury and Nick Sharratt.

Santa’s Beard is a really cool interactive story that is one of my favourites to read at Storytime. Each page sees Santa’s Beard travelling to a new face after Santa gets a bit too warm, only to find himself in trouble once the weather turns chilly again. Children love seeing the funny places Santa’s Beard travels to.

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Pig the Elf written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey

I love reading Pig books to children. Pig is always so naughty and children love to laugh at his silly expressions and silly antics, while recognising that he is probably not the most well behaved little doggo. In Pig the Elf, Pig once again shows us what we shouldn’t do by being a greedy little pug at Christmas.

Book Cover - Macca's Christmas Crackers” title=“View this item in the library catalogue

Wow! This book is FANTASTIC! Macca’s Christmas Crackers written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove demonstrates all of the most important qualities that a good picture book should have to encourage literacy in young people. It has beautiful clear print that moves around the page, the illustrations are bright and appealing, it has rhyming and alliteration to engage kids’ listening skills – and to top it all off, it has a beautiful message. What a great story to read to you little ones this Christmas eve.
To extend your story further, why not try the cracker craft at the end of this post.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT

The craft for this week, is actually a really easy cooking activity to do for Christmas with your little ones. Make this delicious Coconut Ice to eat this season, or give as a sweet home-made gift.

 

Coconut Ice

 

Ingredients:
1 tin of condensed milk
2 1/3 cups of icing sugar
3 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp vanilla essence
pink food colouring

 

Method:
Mix all ingredients together by hand, except food colouring, really SQUISH it through your fingers good and proper.
Divide mixture in half.
Put half the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper and press down hard.
Add food colouring to the other half of the mixture to make a nice pink mixture – then press this down on top of the white mixture.
Refrigerate until set and cut into little squares.
DON’T eat TOO much! laughingtongue-out It’s very sweet and yummy!

CHRISTMAS RHYMES TO SHARE

Okay, so these aren’t “Rhymes” like we usually do for Storytime Blogs, but hey, it’s Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; 
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; 
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; 
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.
We won’t go until we get some; 
We won’t go until we get some; 
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose. 
And if you ever saw him, 
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer 
used to laugh and call him names. 
They never let poor Rudolph 
join in any reindeer games. 

Then one foggy Christmas Eve 
Santa came to say: 
“Rudolph with your nose so bright, 
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” 

Then all the reindeer loved him 
as they shouted out with glee, 
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, 
you’ll go down in history!