Make a Christmas senses book with the kids during the holidays
For those of you new to Fun-A-Day, I’ve been in early childhood education for over 12 years now. For almost all of my teaching career, I have LOVED book making with my students. Very simple homemade books work well with them, of course, and I use my fair share of those. About 3 or 4 times a year, though, I enjoy making more in-depth books with the kids. These books include the children’s arts and crafts, along with printed words. This Christmas senses book is one I’ve used for at least 10 years, and the children have such a blast making it and reading it!
Since I’ve made it for so many years, I have no idea if there’s an original source this book is based on.
Below are directions for how I made the Christmas senses book this year. I tend to change up the arts/crafts the kids make for each page, depending on materials we have on hand. The words are the same each year though. The order of the pages isn’t too important, although I like keeping the “Christmas is love” page at the end. It just seems like a nice closing page!
My Christmas Senses (front cover)
I had the children use tiny Christmas cookie cutters to decorate the front cover. They dipped the cookie cutters in white paint, then painted all around the paper. We glued the title down once the paint was dry.
Christmas looks like presents.
Using wrapping paper, the children cut out “presents” and glued them to the page. I noticed many of the kids liked cutting around the animals on the wrapping paper!
Christmas feels like Santa’s beard.
I used D.J. Inkers’ Santa clip art to create a little coloring paper (there’s an affiliate link to her site in my sidebar if you’re interested). The kids colored Santa however they wanted, then glued cotton balls on for his beard. We had some very colorful Santas!!
Christmas smells like gingerbread.
We had a little too much fun with this page! Using cookie cutters, the kids painted gingerbread men on their paper. Then they sprinkled (or, in some cases, piled) cinnamon on top of the wet paint.
Christmas tastes like candy canes.
I gave the kiddos canes cut out of red construction paper. They cut stripes out of white paper, then glued the stripes on how they saw fit. I then stapled a mini candy cane to the page. We made sure to “sample” candy canes as a class, too!
Christmas sounds like Rudolph’s bell.
The boys and girls used brown triangles and red circles to create Rudolph’s face on their papers. They added eyes and antlers with crayons and markers. I decided to hot glue jingle bells to popsicle sticks for the sound of the bell. The sticks also acted like a pointer, so the kids could point to the words as they read. I made a tiny envelope for the jingle bell pointer to stay when they’re not reading. I also attached the pointer to the Rudolph page with glue and a ribbon.
Christmas is love.
The kids used their hands to make a heart shape in red paint. Then I cut around the hand prints, and we glued the heart to the last page. Since I work in a church preschool, we were able to talk about God’s love for us in sending Jesus to the earth. This led to a great discussion about how Christmas is about celebrating Jesus’ birthday and His love for us. When I taught in public school, we talked about the love for our friends and family during Christmas.