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Story Time: A Christmas Star

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A Christmas Star activities include a Foil Star Ornament Craft, a Wind Experiment, Christmas Star Peppermint Cookies and 2 Free Printables!

Mama Mouse and her adorable babies are back in Leea Baltes’ wonderful picture book, A Christmas Star.

This is cuteness overload with a message, y’all.

Little Jack Mouse makes a shiny foil star that is perfect for a Christmas tree, but the family has to visit Nana before they get their tree. Nana is sick and needs some soup, so the Mouse family bundle up and try to get to her before the snow comes. Jack ties a string to his Christmas star and takes it outside to see it sparkle in the sunlight, but the snow storm is moving in, and a fierce wind blows it into the branches of the the Mouses’ tree home.

Your child will thrill over how Jack’s Christmas star helps the family find their way home in the storm. And believe me, Christmas stars will have to be made.

Don’t worry. I got you.

A Christmas Star activities include a Foil Star Ornament Craft, a Wind Experiment, Christmas Star Peppermint Cookies and 2 Free Printables!

A Christmas Star Activities

Oh, your kiddos are going to have fun with this. Grab a copy of A Christmas Star and get rocking.

Language

The descriptive language in this beautiful book is inspiring, so grab a free printable for your kiddos to practice recognizing adverbs and adjectives.

Free Printable Adjectives and Adverbs practice is a fun and educational part of A Christmas Star Activities for Story Time

Science

This is a simple and fun experiment that even the littlest of littles can do. Plus, things blow around the room. Always fun.

Wind experiment

What you need:

Kids can conduct a wind experiment with their own Christmas stars while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

What you do:

Kids can conduct a wind experiment with their own Christmas stars while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

  • Trace small Star Templates onto foil and cut out
  • Thread the needle (this is a job for an adult) and run thread through one point of each star

  • Knot, leaving varying lengths of thread attached to the stars

  • Hold stars in front of fan and turn on

Kids can conduct a wind experiment with their own Christmas stars while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

  • Let stars go and see which one travels furthest
  • Conduct the experiment 3 times and record your results on the free printable Christmas Star Wind Experiment page

Kids can conduct a wind experiment with their own Christmas stars while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

Craft

Foil Star Ornament

What you need:

Kids can make a Foil Star Ornament to hang on the tree this holiday season while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

  • Cardboard
  • Lit Mama’s Christmas Star Template
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Glitter, sequins, craft paint, other decorative items
  • Hole Punch
  • String or ribbon

What you do:

Kids can make a Foil Star Ornament to hang on the tree this holiday season while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

Kids can make a Foil Star Ornament to hang on the tree this holiday season while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

  • Wrap star in foil, taping in place

Kids can make a Foil Star Ornament to hang on the tree this holiday season while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

  • Decorate front of star with glitter, sequins, etc.

Kids can make a Foil Star Ornament to hang on the tree this holiday season while reading Leea Baltes' wonderful picture book A Christmas Star

  • Punch a hole near the top of one star point
  • Insert ribbon through hole and knot to hang ornament

Food

Christmas Star Peppermint Cookies

Yummy Christmas Star Peppermint Cookies recipe is a great addition to Christmas Star activities for a kids' Story Time.

Christmas Star Peppermint Cookies

  • Servings: 3-4 dozen
  • Difficulty: easypeasy
  • Print

What You Need

  • 3/4  cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup  butter softened
  • Large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • Star-shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

What You Do

  • Heat oven to 350F
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside
  • Mix sugar, butter, egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla and peppermint flavoring ina  bowl at medium speeduntil creamy
  • Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed
  • Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough
  • Stir remaining 1/4 cup crushed candy into 1/4 cup sugar
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface
  • Use star cookie cutter to cut out cookies
  • Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned
  • Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and milk
  • Ice cookies with powdered sugar icing

Ms. Baltes has written a beautiful story. Your kids will fall in love with the Mouse family. So spend a cozy afternoon this holiday season celebrating Christmas Stars. Can you think of anything better?

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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2 Comments

  1. I’d love to have this book, KT! And will definitely making the foil star ornaments and baking these awesome Peppermint Cookies!;)
    Thank you for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Jessica
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