Tuesday, December 11, 2012

{Ten for Tuesday} Things That Go! Christmas Edition

So far, we have done 4 weeks of Things That Go! in this special Ten for Tuesday series: trains, trucks, cars, buses and boats. This week, I decided to do a special Christmas Edition of Things That Go! with fun books, activities, snacks and such related to Sleighs, Sleds, Snow Plows, Christmas Trains and More! Hope this Winter-y edition gets you into the Holiday Spirit, if you are not enjoying it already. 

1. Favorite Christmas/Winter Books - Many Christmas books/stories that I love feature things that go, specifically Santa's sleigh or variations on it, as in the case with the Grinch's sleigh. In addition to sleighs in books, you also have sleds including a tire sled in the fun Snowmen At Night book and lots of different snowplows in Snow Sounds, my favorite recent winter book discovery.

2. The Polar Express - Of course, no Holiday/Christmas book list focused on things that go would be complete without The Polar Express, significant enough to be listed all on its own, since in addition to the book you could have a Polar Express Movie Night like Crafts and Art for Children, featuring really cute graham cracker polar express snacks. Plus, 3 Dinosaurs has a free Polar Express Printable Pack for kids ages 2-7 with 70 coloring and activity pages! 

3. Take a Holiday Ride - Many places have Christmas trains that children can ride, but I also recommend a lighted holiday bike ride, perhaps to view Christmas lights in your area. Our friends who own a local bike shop, the Newhall Bicycle Company, do one every year and put battery-operated lights on their bikes! (She gets them at the 99 cent store). (The top photo is from the bike shop). 

4. Learn with Christmas Things That Go! I already mentioned Snow Sounds, but must mention it again since not only is it a book that kept Wild Thing wide-eyed, but is also a book full of onomatopoeia, so it offers a fun way to introduce kids to this concept, even if they cannot pronounce the word! (In case you need a grammar school reminder, an onomatopoeia is a word that imitates or suggests the sound that it describes.)  

5. Make Ice Skate Art - I absolutely adore this ice skate craft from Molly Moo, and I know you will too. To make it easier for you, she has a free ice skate template printable  

6. Sensory Play + Snow Plows - Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails made some great snow dough for fun sensory snow play. Introduce some trucks and you have great pretend snow plow play! I will have to do this for Wild Thing. He will absolutely love it. 

7. More Small World Play - With a DIY North Pole Play Mat like this one from No Time for Flash Cards, any toy that goes becomes a Christmas Thing That Goes! This play mat will ignite your child's imagination too.  

8. Sleigh + Sled Snacks - Lots of really adorable candy trains, sleighs and sleds are floating around on Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorites: Candy Sleighs from Ellyn's Place, a Candy Train from Over the Big Moon with a free printable pattern, and Teddy Bear + Milky Way Sleighs from Planning with Kids.

#9 - Milk Jug Sleigh!
9. Milk Jug Santa Sleigh - We had lots of fun making a sleigh from a milk jug. Instead of reindeer, though we went with triceratops pulling the sleigh -- with a red-horned one out in front. Of course, clothespin reindeer clipped onto the milk jug would be cute too (and be good for fine motor skills), or you could make these awesome snowboarding reindeer (again from the talented Molly Moo!) to pull the sleigh.

Triceratops set for $1 at the Dollar Tree

Made from cardboard!

Image from My Little Bookcase

10. Just Play! If you have snow, get out and go sledding (a cardboard box, inflatable tire or cafeteria tray work well in place of sleds, if my memory serves me correctly!). You can also have some fun pretend sleigh play right at home as this magical sleigh ride activity shared by My Little Bookcase demonstrates.   
I thought it was absolutely brilliant.

What are your favorite Christmas Things That Go? Do you have a holiday tradition connected to one of them? Ice skating? Sledding? A Christmas Train Ride? Please share! Comment here or share with me on Facebook at The Good Long Road.

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  1. I loved that ice skate craft from Molly Moo!

  2. Thanks for sharing our snow.
    Great post!

  3. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

  4. These are wonderful! I love the sleigh.

  5. The milk jug sleigh is a great idea. I like the dinosaur alternative to reindeer. Very clever. : 0 )

  6. Cute round up and thanks for including mine!

  7. Love the last one! These are great activities and books. I love how you incorporated all the trucks and vehicles. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  8. Oh, wow what a great list!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!