We arrived at the visitors center and were greeted with hot cocoa and sugar cookies. We took these to the table where we sat down to make our very own bell ornament, just like in the book! The ornament is super-easy and would make a great preschool craft.
What you'll need:
- small jingle bells
- Christmas-colored pony beads
Don't you love how hard she's concentrating? I made one for the baby, and she really enjoyed wearing her necklace and jingling the bell. (That is, until she pulled out the knot and lost the beads and bell somewhere in the recesses of the already messy backseat of the car. At least she didn't swallow any of the beads... I hope.)
After the craft, the kids gathered round for a reading of The Polar Express. I won't bother reviewing such a beloved and well-known classic. The fact it was recently turned into a motion picture is a nod to the mastery of the story and illustrations. (Please, please, please don't let your children see the movie without first reading them the book!)
When the story was over, we climbed into our own Polar Express (the garden tram) and took a tour of the enchanted, twinkling gardens.
I hope you are finding fun things to do in your area and making your own family traditions! Next week I'll be featuring books and crafts that make great holiday gifts... and I have a surprise at the end of the week.