8 Crafts for kids inspired by their favorite holiday stories

Nov 28, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Whether you're hosting a holiday play date or just want to surprise the kids with a fun activity, you'll love these holiday books and crafts that help celebrate the holidays.

The Polar Express

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Photo credit: Grey Luster Girl

Bring the magic of the The Polar Express to life with this quick and easy jingle bell craft from Grey Luster Girl. Give each child a bell, ribbon and a "believe" tag. Let them thread the ribbon through the bell, thread the believe tag onto the ribbon and tie the ribbon in a bow. (If bows are too tough for tiny fingers, they can simply use a knot to tie the bell and tag together.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


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Why just read about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeerwhen you can help your kids transform themselves into the most famous reindeer of all? Construction paper, glue and a tiny traceable hand are all you'll need to make this adorable reindeer antler headband. Add a foam clown nose or face paint to complete the look.

The Nutcracker


Photo credit: Krokotak

These cutout ballerinas are so stunning, your kids just might forget paper snowflakes altogether. Have another grown-up help the kids fold and snip their own Sugarplum Princesses while you read the timeless tale of the The Nutcracker. More images and instructions at Krokotak.

Frosty the Snowman


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Sure, Frosty the Snowman couldn't stick around forever, but we're pretty sure these sock snowmen will find a permanent home in your holiday decorations box. Check out the step-by-step instructions at Then She Made. You'll be surprised how quick and easy it is to make this little guy — no sewing involved!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Photo credit: A Turtle's Life for Me

It just isn't Christmas without a telling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For this craft, you'll need to pre-cut the shapes needed to make the Grinch's hat, face and eyes. Give the kids glue sticks and a marker and let them assemble their smirking Grinch faces. More info at A Turtle's Life for Me.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

What? Only a Schmedrick spends $36 on a set over at Fab.com! Be a Mensch and make your own!
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The musical board book Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel is holiday favorite. Bring the book to life by letting the kids make their own LEGO dreidels, then play the Hanukkah game. (Hint: Don't forget to provide the chocolate coins, or gelt.) Find more images and inspiration at Bible Belt Balabusta.

The Chanukkah Guest


Photo credit: Our Jewish Homeschool Blog

In The Chanukkah Guest, Bubba Brayna can hardly see or hear, yet she makes the tastiest potato latkes in town. When she cooks a special batch for the rabbi on the first night of Chaunkkah, little does she know that her visitor is actually a bear! Kids will love to make and flip their own potato latkes with this fun and interactive craft from Our Jewish Homeschool Blog.

My First Kwanzaa


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The book My First Kwanzaa is the perfect introduction to Kwanzaa, an African-American and Pan-African celebration of family, community and culture. This seven-day holiday recognizes the seven principles of Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. As you tell the story of Kwanzaa, the kids can weave their own Kwanzaa placemat from construction paper.

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