by Lauren Thompson
This book is an adorable look at Santa getting ready for Christmas. How he prepares for that special day and gets ready to make his famous trip. But before he can do that, he must wait for the Christmas Magic which happens only on Christmas Eve night.
The illustrations by Jon J Muth are beautiful and magical watercolors and you'll love how eager the reindeer are to set off on Christmas Eve. Much like kids at Christmas!
Our Day 16 Christmas Book Countdown Activity
Magical Snowflake Ornaments
Okay, they really aren't "magical", but I'm pretty sure that adding glitter to anything makes it more magical! You can make these ornaments with either polymer clay or salt dough. I used polymer clay because I've had the world's biggest box of it now for something close to forever.
If using salt dough, mix together 1/2 cup salt with 1 cup flour. Slowly add in 1/2 cup water mixing as you go. When it becomes a dough, knead and add droplets of water until it is neither sticky or dry. You'll only need about 1/2 of it so store the remainder in an air tight container for another craft (hint: there will be one later this week!)
Along with the dough, you will need a small plastic dollar store snowflake, glitter, ribbon, elmer's glue.
Break off a piece of clay and roll it into a ball about the size of a golf ball.
Press the ball into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. If you want a more precise circle, use a glass to cut a circle out of the dough.
Place the snowflake onto the dough and press down so that it's just flush with the clay (not all the way down).
Remove the snowflake and you have a beautiful design on your clay.
Use a straw or pencil eraser to poke a hole in the top and a tooth pick or pencil tip to write your name on the back.
Now bake! If using polymer clay, bake at 275 for about 15-20 minutes. If using salt dough, bake at 250 for 2 hours.
Let cool and paint with glue.
Sprinkle with glitter and let dry!