To cap off our fall semester, we had a Polar Express PJ Party! Kids came in their favorite jammies and we had a fun time drinking hot chocolate and snacking on popcorn. I also planned on doing a round of “The Conductor Says” (like “Simon Says”) but ran out of time. The kids particularly seemed to enjoy my Conductor outfit. I made the hat and the moustache, plus had a train whistle. I greeted the kids at the door, blowing my whistle and handing out tickets. The kids thought my moustache was hilarious!
Here’s a bit of the process it took to make the hat. I couldn’t find one at any party store! So, I got creative. Not perfect, but it works!
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (This is the only book we read this time due to the number of crafts)
Stamping Tree: Using some Christmas theme stamps from Oriental Trading, kids decorated a plain green Christmas Tree print.
I Believe Bells: This coloring sheet gave the chance for kids to practice their writing skills by tracing the letters that spell out “I Believe.”
Polar Express Ornaments: Kids colored the medallion and glued it onto a green circle. Then they got to use the hole punch (just like the Conductor) to make a hole for the hanger.
I actually used several sources to make all of the props and craft items in this storytime. My sources were:
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