The Polar Express has been my favorite Christmas book since I was a little girl. There was even a Christmas that I put “a bell from Santa’s sleigh” at the top of my wish list. I also asked for a Polaroid picture of the North Pole, or a ride on the Polar Express to take my own Polaroid (my poor parents).
This year, Maggie had a lot of questions about the North Pole & was so excited when I pulled out the Polar Express book. We’ve been reading it every night. I’ve felt like the play group slacker this year. We started when school started & I had yet to host. I decided to host a fun morning for playgroup & turn it into a Polar Express breakfast party for the kids. We had so much fun & I think this might have to become an annual party at our house!
The Invite: Paperless Post
Activity: Have all the kids come in their pjs & start the party by snuggling together & reading the Polar Express
(Table clothes are all from rolls of Christmas wrapping paper)
Crafts: Trains & Ornaments
I found wooden trains for $1 each at the craft store. They were the perfect size & actually had wheels/ could be played with. I decided to skip the paint & use markers. This made it much easier for the kids & the moms.
Ornaments: Pom Pom Plastic Ball Ornaments
This was by far the easiest, most engaging & least messy craft I have done with a group of toddlers/preschoolers. I saw a cute pom pom ornament idea on Pinterest that Fancy Ashley made. I love her blog & saw that her kids helped with them. I found clear, plastic ornaments at the craft store for $1. Ahead of time, I took all of the tops off (they are metal & can poke little hands). Then each child got their own cup of Christmas colored pom poms. They all sat & filled the ornament with pom poms. I also handed out tiny bells to add into the ornament. This made it go along with our Polar Express theme & also made the ornament jingle.
Bagels with butter or cream cheese
Hot Chocolate & marshmallows for the kids
Smoothies & coffee for the moms
Each child got a Polar Express bell necklace. I got a pack of bells at Target & hung on ribbon.
Then, I found Gingerbread crayons at Target (3 for $1) & stuck them onto a little brown bag of Christmas candy.
Tis the season to be merry!