Posted by: ad65shorty | December 22, 2008

The Polar Express

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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A wonderful Christmas story. A magical train takes a boy to the North Pole, where he receives a special gift from Santa.

You’ll notice the book has an “award.” It’s the Caldecott Medal, which means it has good pictures.


I’ve also included a fun activity below:*

Take a ride on your own Polar Express!!

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Beforehand, arrange chairs into a train line and tape a bell under each chair. I also like to make a sugar cookie for each kid, as well as a cup of hot chocolate. And of course, be sure to have a golden ticket ready for each kid for boarding. I also like to dim my lights a bit and turn on the lights on the Christmas tree.

hot chocolate, sugar cookies, and marshmallows

hot chocolate, sugar cookies, and marshmallows

Dress the kids in PJs and board your train. I like to punch their tickets with their name letter (A for Adam). Take off and let the fun begin!!

Read the Polar Express story during the “ride.” Let the kids eat their sugar cookies and hot chocolate while you read (putting a sheet or blanket below your train makes for easy clean-up; we usually just eat our cookies and then finish our cocoa in the kitchen after). When you’re done, have the kids look under their chairs and find a bell from Santa’s sleigh. Have them ring it to see if they can hear it (and they always do, ’cause “they believe”).

We also enjoy watching the movie afterwards snuggled in our PJs and blankets!



*In honor of Jackie. Thanx!


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