This Christmas, it’s your turn to become Santa and give your child the magical gift of Christmas stories! Here are four interesting Christmas stories along with exciting activities for a fun-filled Christmas with your little ones.
1. Sam’s Christmas Present
Author: Annie Besant
Publisher: Pratham Books
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Sam’s Christmas Present is the charming story of Sam, who is hunting for his Christmas present, hidden in a secret place by his parents. What does he do when he finally finds it? The fascinating illustrations brilliantly capture the mood of Sam’s quest.
Sam’s Christmas Present is suitable for children who have just started to read storybooks and also introduces different vibrant colours to the little readers.
Ask the children what they would like as a Christmas gift. You can also play a game where you hide chocolates in secret places and give clues to find them.
A game centered around presents sets the right mood for the story.
Storytelling & Reading
Excitement and exaggeration in the right quantities will make this story a runaway hit. Act out Sam’s excitement when he finds the gift. Pull a long face when he’s disappointed.
Due to the limited text and easy vocabulary, you can even ask the kids to read out the story themselves.
After the storytelling, ask the kids to make a list of people they would want to give Christmas gifts to and what the gifts would be. They can make simple Christmas cards using chart paper, sketch pens and crayons.
Check out this fun craft tutorial for Christmas Cards for Kids!
2. Ramya’s Fancy Dress Mess
Author: Karishma Mahbubani
Publisher: Ms Moochie Books
Price: ₹ 200
Ramya’s Fancy Dress Mess is a sweet tale of friendship between Ramya and her friend Anya. It introduces children to the concept of selflessness and the ups and downs of friendship. After eliminating several options, Ramya decides to dress up as Santa Claus for her school’s fancy dress competition. But the decision does not end well for Ramya. She’s in for a shock!
The book will take young readers to the world of Ramya- filled with excitement, betrayal and finally, the triumph of true friendship. In addition to the cute story, the book contains fun activities for the children to engage in.
If you can’t have a full-blown fancy dress competition, you can still have a lively discussion! Each kid could talk about what they would wear in a fancy dress competition. You can even have them draw out designs. You could also talk about how they would feel if their best friend appeared in the same costume as them.
Storytelling & Reading
This tale of friendship needs an extra pinch of drama. Strike a pose like Milkha Singh, like a king, a cop and a fairy when you’re describing Ramya and Anya’s dilemma in picking a costume. Act out Ramya’s preparations for the competition, the shock, the feeling of betrayal, the feud between the besties and finally the bonhomie.
Ask them about instances where they have helped their friends, and instances where their friends have helped them. This will subtly convey the moral instead of being preachy. Conduct a fun craft activity, like Santa Claus mask making!
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Author: Dr Seuss
Publisher: Random House
Price: ₹ 225
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a must-read Christmas classic that truly captures the spirit of Christmas. Through Grinch, the central character, Dr. Seuss beautifully conveys the true meaning of the festival–it is not just about a feast and presents. The lonely Grinch stays in a cave near the village of Whoville. Grinch hates Christmas. The music, the feasts, the joy and everything that comes with the day. So he decides to sabotage Christmas in Whoville. Grinch steals everything Christmas-themed from all the houses in the village to make the villagers sad and eventually put an end to Christmas. But, what happens on the day of Christmas touches the grumpy Grinch.
Ask your students to define Christmas using one word only. Restricting it to a single word will force them to think about it a little more. Have a discussion about what usually happens on Christmas day (Christmas Eve, Santa Claus, exchanging of presents, etc.)
Storytelling & Reading
This classic Christmas story needs voice modulation for the grumpy Grinch to make it interesting and enjoyable. Bring out the wickedness of the Grinch through your voice. And when he finally understands the true spirit of Christmas, show the changed and compassionate side of the Grinch (We recommend watching the classic film, How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring the splendid Jim Carrey for reference!)
Print out templates of the Grinch and ask your students to colour it. Or better yet, leave it to their imagination and ask them to draw their own Grinch. Play certain scenes from the 2000 movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the 2018 movie, The Grinch.
4. The Santa Trap
Author: Jonathan Emmett
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Price: Rs. 150
The Santa Trap is a gripping story in which Santa finds his perfect nemesis in Bradley Bartleby. Bradley is a spoiled, self-centered kid. He gets anything he demands from his parents because they’re both afraid of him. Year after year, he makes a list of things he wants for Christmas but only receives a pair of socks from Santa! Frustrated with Santa’s indifferent behaviour towards him he finally decides to capture Santa, and sets a trap to steal all Santa’s gifts to get revenge.
Ask the kids to make a list of items they would want as gifts from Santa. Discuss what they would do if they received the same gift every year!
Storytelling & Reading
Bradley Bartleby is the embodiment of naughtiness. Bring out humour in the story through your acting and exaggeration to leave them in splits. Describe dramatically the trap and the possibility of Santa getting captured. Walk the kids through the brilliant illustrations that aptly capture the mood of this revenge saga.
Discuss Bradley Bartleby’s naughty behaviour and its consequences with the kids. Then talk about how his behaviour changes. Ask them what choices they would make to trap Santa. (Don’t forget to tell them to set him free by the end of the class!)
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