J is for Jingle Bells

We had 16 children and 8 adults attend story hour this morning.  During our morning song I had the children attempt to pat their heads and rub their bellies at the same time! It was quite fun. We talked a little about Christmas and they all seemed really excited. Our first story today was

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg This story is about a little boy who takes a ride on the Polar Express to the north pole to see Santa Claus. We read half of the story and then took a little break to get our wiggles out. I brought out some jingle bell shakers and we all sang "Jingle Bells" together. We then finished reading "The Polar Express." After the book we did a density science experiment with jingle bells and sprite. My sprite was a little shook up and made a little mess, but we got the sprite into the jar and watched the jingle bells "dance." I was really impressed with how well this worked and the kids enjoyed watching the bells float to the top and sink back down. We sang a quick song called "Let's all do a little clapping" to the tune of "We Wish you a Merry Christmas." Our last story today was

Jingle Bugs by David Carter This is a fun pop-up book about Christmas things that are turned buggy. Such as snowbugs and jingle bugs. Our craft today was a letter J turned into a stocking with a little bell hanging on it. We will take a two week break and I'll see everyone again on January 9th. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Nicole Oswald

Children's Librarian