Baby's First Christmas by Tomie dePaola is a wonderful introduction to the symbols of Christmas. (Note: The book was republished in 2008 as My First Christmas.I believe it is the same book, we have the older version) Each page in this sturdy board book features a clear picture of one or two Christmas objects along with the text "This is/These are..." The book covers wreaths, candles, holly, manger, candy canes, ornaments, angel, star, stockings, cookies, Santa, Christmas tree, and presents-- pretty through! If you saw yesterday's post, you'll know my son's confusion of a wreath and a donut called for some brushing up on these basic Christmas skills! I think this book will last beyond Baby's first Christmas and well into the preschool years. The simple text layout and repetative pattern could even make it a good choice for an early reader. As always, dePaola's illustrations are charming.
If it is your baby's first Christmas (or second, or third...) consider making one of these keepsake footprint Christmas trees.
I painted the boys' feet green and painted their toes red. Then we pressed them onto paper and I drew in the star and the tree trunk. I can't wait to get these out in a few years and see how they have changed and grown. I got out a handprint/footprint angel from last year. Oh my, have they grown!
I originally found this idea via pinterest although I'm not sure I can track down the originator of the project, so thank you to pinterest for this one!
If you enjoyed this, consider checking out these 12 Days of Christmas links from Ready. Set. Read! and Reading Confetti:
Christmas Tree Puzzle and The Twelve Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora
Easy Christmas Tree Lid Craft and Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Paper Punch Christmas Trees and Mr. Willowby's Christmas Trees
Blessings Tree and The Littlest Angel
Button Wreath and Deck the Halls
Olive and Rudolph Game and Olive, the Other Reindeer
Also, you can check out all of our books crafts in one easy spot on my 12 Days of Christmas Pinterest Board.