You didn’t think we were going to get through Christmas without a Grinch Story Time, did you? If you did, you don’t know me very well.
The Grinch is my favorite Christmas story. Why? Because the Grinch is a naughty guy, but he isn’t evil as might be supposed. I love the idea of turning the bad guy into a marshmallow, and if you had known my beautiful husband when we first met, you would know I excel at it. I learned it from the Whos of Who-ville. The secret is to just keep being good and joyful and let that stuff rub off on the bad guy. Next thing he knows, he’s been married for 13 years, lives for his family, and would give his neighbor the shirt off his back. His heart grows three sizes before his brain can catch up. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t work Every Time. But when it does work, it’s a beautiful thing. So it is with the Grinch.
I can’t put in here all the myriad ways you can add to your reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, because that would take the rest of the month.
So I’m just going to give you a few of my favorites and a couple of things I made just for you so your littles can get full enjoyment from this super cool Christmas classic.
Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!
We all know the Grinch hated Christmas. But have you ever wondered why? Your littles might be able to come up with some really good stories about what happened to make the Grinch hate Christmas and all its trappings. This free download offers both primary and wide-ruled paper.
Another fun way to explore language with this book is to make your own Who-ville newspaper article about the night the Grinch stole Christmas. Here’s another free download for that!
One more fun language activity would be to have your littles design an invitation to the Grinch for next year’s feast! Break out the construction paper and the markers and let your littles have fun coming up with designs and wording for the invitation. Or you can print out these free templates on colored paper!
Have you ever seen littles play with homemade slime? Sure, it’s kinda gross, but they have So Much Fun! There’s something about making it themselves that really makes a difference in their reaction to it. Plus, you get to discuss the chemistry of what makes the slime… slimy.
Green Grinch Slime
What you need:
- 1/2 cup Elmer’s Glue (white or clear, either will do)
- 1 & 1/2 cup water, divided
- 1 teaspoon Borax powder
- Green food coloring
- Green glitter
What you do:
- In a small bowl, mix the borax and 1 cup water. Stir until Borax is dissolved
- In a large bowl, mix glue and 1/2 cup water. Add 4 drops food coloring and as much glitter as you want. Mix well.
- Add Borax mixture to glue mixture and stir up with your hands (you might want to let the littles do this stirring. It grosses even boys out for a minute, so it’s loads of fun for everybody).
- There will be water left over. Throw it out. We grabbed our slime out of the big bowl and dropped into the smaller bowl for this part. Then the Littles divided it up and–seriously–played for over an hour at the kitchen table.
When you’re done playing with it, throw it in a sandwich bag or an air-tight jar and it should keep for as long as you could possibly wish. Not yet sure that’s a good thing.
Why it works
The Borax acts as a ‘connector’ for the glue molecules, joining them together to form polymers. Polymers are larger molecules that make that thickened gel we think of as slime. Check out this cool site all about polymers if your littles are interested in learning more.
Here at the Lit Mama Homeschool, we love making craft stick crafts. They’re so versatile. I came up with this fun and easy craft for the Littles at Christmas last year, and they decided to turn them into ornaments for the tree. Here’s how to make your very own
Craft Stick Grinch
- 8 craft sticks
- Green paint
- Black marker
- Red felt
- White felt
- Lit Mama’s Grinch Hat and Face Template
- Glue Scissors
- Paint brush
What you do:
- Line 7 of your craft sticks up beside each other evenly. Cut about 2 inches off the eighth stick.
- Run a line of glue across your cut craft stick, and glue it to the back of your lined-up seven. Make sure the glue is touching all 7 sticks, or your Grinch will eventually fall apart.
- Carefully turn the craft sticks over and paint them green.
- While paint is drying, cut hat templates out and trace them onto felt–the main part on the red, and the trim on the white.
- Glue white hat pieces onto red piece.
- Glue hat to top of green craft stick head
- Follow the face template to draw your Grinch face on your craft stick head with the black marker.
Oh. Yeah. You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
Grinch Fruit Sticks
If you want a healthy way to acknowledge the Grinch, look no further than these lovelies. All you need are some strawberries, bananas, grapes, and toothpicks. Cut the bottoms (stem portion) from your strawberries to kind of form a flat base, slice your bananas into medium-thick slices and… wash your grapes. Then run your toothpick through your grape, then your banana slice, then your strawberry. Simple. Yummy. Healthy. How cool is that?
Grinch Crinkle Cookies
If, however, you’re hankering for some Grinch sugar, these cookies are sure to please.
What you need:
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 tbsp Corn Starch
- 18.25 oz Box Vanilla Cake Mix
- 1 stick Butter melted
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Green Food Coloring
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together corn starch and powdered sugar in a small dish.
- In a large bowl or mixer, mix together butter, cake mix, oil, and eggs (it will make a thick batter).
- Add enough green food coloring to make the batter bright green (it takes a lot, so make sure you’re prepared).
- Unless you want your hands to turn green, use a spoon to gather up a chunk of dough and drop into the sugar starch mixture (you could also wear kitchen gloves. That would be So Much Easier.)
- Roll around with the spoon to cover well. Then pick it up and roll it into a ball and place on cookie sheet. Make sure you don’t place them too close together. They spread out.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes until they puff up.
- Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
I could go on and on. You can make Who-ville trees from upside waffle cones covered in green frosting with M&Ms stuck to them for ormaments. Sounds like a sugar coma to me, but They Are So Cute. You could head over to Spaceships and Laser Beams for directions on how to make a Grinch handprint ornament. My littles are a bit old for that one, but it’s cool and smaller littles will Love getting their hands covered in finger paint. There are so many Grinchy things to do this Christmas, but the most important thing may be to discuss this quote with your littles:
Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.
You know, so your littles know exactly what Christmas means to you.
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