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Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Story Time: How Santa Got His Job - Crafts and activities for the picture book by Stephen Krensky

O. M. G.  If you have not read this awesome book with your littles yet, get on it.

Here’s the truth.  The reason I love the Christmas season so much is the same reason I love Halloween.  And Tolkien.  And it has nothing to do with my kids–they are just an excuse to let loose.  I will use my grandkids when this excuse runs out.  Because Santa says it best in Rise of the Guardians–my center is wonder.

I believe.

Sure, I’m a mama, I know how the presents really get here on Christmas Day, and I know what it takes to get them here.  But.

But.

I still believe in Santa Claus.  I still believe in all things fey.  I wish I could explain it to you in a grown-up manner you would understand, but I cannot.  I believe that magic can happen–that it does, in fact, happen all the time, and if you are very careful, you can catch it in action.  I believe in these things Way More than my kids do, and I’m okay with that.  They’re old enough now to think it’s adorable, and I can live with that, too.

Magic is how Love Wins, because what is more magical than love?

So when you give me a book that relates Santa’s history and how each of his early jobs prepared him for the Big One?  I’m in.  I’m all in.  And I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit it.

How Santa Got His Job

Santa never wanted to work in an office, so he tried several different things before he found his dream career:  Chimney sweep, postman, circus performer… They didn’t work out, but They Did prepare him for the biggest job of all–being himself.  And that rocks.  This book is so fun and funny and really gives your littles lots to think about where the Big Man is concerned.  So let’s help them out a bit.

Language

Santa spends this book looking for the right job, so it might be fun for your littles to write a want ad for the Final Job, the Job of All Jobs.  Have your littles take a look at the classified ads in your local paper, then use this free template to write a description of the job Santa really needs: delivering all those amazing gifts to all the wonderful children who celebrate Christmas.

Free Template-Help Wanted: Santa for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Science

How light does Santa’s sleigh have to be in order to fly?  How about testing sleighs made of different materials to see which will lift off?  My boys?  They Loved This.

Santa's Sleigh Experiment for Story Time: How Santa Got His JobWhat You Need:

  • Lit Mama’s Sleigh Template
  • Paper
  • Plastic (we used a laminating sheet, which worked great)
  • Craft Sticks
  • Legos
  • Any other materials you want to build a sleigh from
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Box fan

Santa's Sleigh Science Experiment for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

What you do:

  • Print out the template
  • Use the template to make sleighs out of paper and plastic
  • Build a simple sleigh from craft sticks or legos or any ol’ thing you want
  • Lay the box fan on the floor, propping up one end so it can get some air
  • One at a time, place your sleighs on the fan, just outside the center
  • Turn the fan on and see if the sleigh flies
  • Discuss why some sleighs get air and some don’t and what that might mean for Santa’s sleigh

Craft

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Craft Stick Santa Ornament

This is so stinking cute I just don’t know what to say.  It’ll take a little help on your part for very young littles, but it’s such a cool craft I think you’ll all love it.

What you need:

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-Supplies

  • 10 craft sticks
  • Red Felt
  • Googly Eyes
  • Craft paint in black, pink, and flesh color (whatever flesh color you want your Santa to be, of course)
  • Lit Mama’s Santa Hat Template
  • Cotton balls
  • Craft Glue (That link is to my hands-down favorite for this type of craft)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread or thin ribbon and needle

What you do:

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-stick arrangement

  • Line 8 craft sticks up like the pic above (this will give your Santa a chin for his beard)

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-horizontal sticks

  • Cut the two extra sticks down so they just fit horizontally across the 8 sticks and glue them in place (that’s what holds your Santa together)
  • Turn Santa face over and paint entire front flesh color
  • Set aside

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-Felt Santa Hat

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-Adding Hat and eyes

  • If paint is dry, glue hat across the top of Santa’s face
  • Glue on googly eyes

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-Adding Trim to Santa's hat

  • Cut 1 cotton ball in half and glue half to the small circle at the tip of the hat
  • Glue cotton balls across the brim of Santa’s hat

Craft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-Santa's mustache and nose

  • Cut another cotton ball in half and pull each half apart slightly to elongate them
  • Glue them in place for Santa’s mustache, leaving enough room above to paint a nose and enough room below to paint a mouth
  • Just below the outer edge of each mustache, paint a pink circle for Santa’s rosy cheeks
  • Paint in Santa’s mouth and nose with blackCraft Stick Santa Ornament for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job-Completed Ornament
  • Glue cotton balls along chin (it may help to cut some in half)
  • Thread your needle with the embroidery thread or ribbon and run it through the top of Santa’s hat
  • Tie a knot to make a hanger

 

Food

Santa-shaped veggie tray for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Santa Veggie Tray

This stinkin’ cute And healthy?  Um, yeah yeah.

What you need:

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced vertically
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • Black olives

What you do:

This is so easy peasy.

  • Arrange pepper slices in a triangle shape at the top of the tray
  • Arrange cucumber slices in rows to make Santa’s face
  • Add cauliflower florets at the brim of the hat, using one large one for the tip if you wish
  • Add more cauliflower florets below the cucumbers for the beard
  • Arrange cherry tomatoes on either side of the ‘beard’ toward the bottom to be Santa’s ‘shoulders’
  • Add black olives for eyes and one cherry tomato for the nose
  • Serve with your favorite dip

Reindeer Cookes

Reindeer cookies for Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Also. Easy. Peasy.

What you need:

  • 1 package Nutter Butter cookies
  • White frosting
  • Reese’s Pieces or M&Ms
  • Tortillas

What you do:

For each cookie:

  • Attach candy eyes and nose to cookie with frosting
  • Cut antler shapes from tortillas, then sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar
  • Attach to sides of cookies with frosting

Told ya it was easy.

Listen, if you and your littles love Santa as much as I do, you are going to have an absolute blast with this Story Time.  We sure did.

Merry Christmas, my friends.

Love wins,

KT

Looking for more holiday fun?  Check out:

Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Story Time: Gingerbread Friends

Story Time: Snowmen at Christmas

Story Time: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Cuddle Up With Christmas Classics

2016 Ultimate Children’s Literary Gift Guide

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16 Comments

  1. What a fun craft idea! Thanks for sharing with us on the Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!

  2. This sounds like such a cute book, and that Santa veggie tray is just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing over at Friday Frivolity 🙂

  3. Ok, I need to order this book! We haven’t read it yet, but i’m loving the message of love being the magic!
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  4. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing for the #homemattersparty.

  5. We love this book! My boys and I read it together one year and they filled out Elf Applications complete with fingerprinting. You can read about it here if you’d like. http://www.ourunschoolingjourney.com/2012/12/busy-little-elves.html
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  6. I’ve never seen this book, but it looks so good, and I love the ideas for story time with it! Thank you for linking up with Literacy Musings Monday!

  7. How Santa got a job is my son’s fave book these days. I love how the craft stick santa turned out! Would’ve never thought of the idea 🙂

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  8. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!

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