Monday, December 21, 2015

Mama May I Book A Day Countdown to Christmas Day 22

Day 22
Reindeer and Santa

I've Seen Santa

Writing Prompt / Conversation Starter

What do Reindeer do the Whole Year Through?

Olive, the Other Reindeer


Feature Film

Olive, the Other Reindeer

Mama May I Book A Day Countdown to Christmas Day 21

 Day 21

Mortimer's Christmas Manger

Ornament Crafts

Mouse Ornament via Between Naps on the Porch

Tinfoil Ornaments via Babble Dabble Do

Salt Dough Ornaments via the Artful Parent

Sensory Dough

Salt Dough Gingerbread Ornaments by Brooklyn Homemakers


This is such a beautiful sensory tray setup! by The Imagination Tree

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mama May I Book A Day Countdown to Christmas Day 20

 Day 20

Polar Express
The Polar Express

Field Trip
Polar Express Train Ride

We always try to book a trip on the local Polar Express Train. Wear your PJs, bring hot cocoa, sing Christmas Carols and enjoy a ride on the Polar Express!

Pretend Play

 Set up trains, trains, trains. Lego Trains. Wooden Trains. Electric Trains. Take turns being the conductor. Set up a little wooden town to be Christmas Town.

Polar Express Party

We have hosted a Polar Express Party a couple years now and it never gets old! We ask our friends to wear their pjs to our house; Enjoy hot cocoa; Make Christmas Crafts; Sing songs; Turn empty cardboard boxes into boxcars where the children can each sit in their own boxcar to watch the movie while sipping on hot cocoa. Toward the end on the movie one year, my then-6-year-old dressed up like Santa and handed out bells to all her friends.

These are some of the activities we shared together:

  • Peppermint paint painting
  • Cookie decorating
  • Hot cocoa making
  • Train building
  • Cardboard box train boxcars
  • Foam gingerbread house making
  • Bell and pipe cleaner sculpture-building
  • Bell bracelet / necklace

Feature Film

The Polar Express

Mama May I Book A Day Countdown to Christmas Day 19

Day 19

Kitchen Science
Chocolate Grinch Spoons

chocolate wafers
dehydrated marshmallows
parchment paper


  • Melt chocolate.
  • Dip spoons into the melted chocolate.
  • Sprinkle with assorted sprinkles, marshmallows, or candies.


Who-Ville Trees

  • Cupcake liners in different prints
  • Paper mache trees in different sizes
  • Hot glue gun
Fold cupcake liners in half and glue them around the paper mache trees starting at the bottom and working your way up.

Sensory PlayGreen Grinch Slime

I found a similar recipe on Laughing Kids Learn

Grinchy Snack

I love this healthy Grinch snack via Movables

This would be a fun smoothie-time! via Mommys Bundle

Feature Film

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mama May I Book A Day Countdown to Christmas Day 18

Day 18

I love the rhyme and cadence in this book.
We decided we wanted to MAKE Christmas Present last year. 
Layla has always shown a great interest in Kitchen Science and in lotions, potions, aromatherapy, chapstick, makeup, and smell-good baths. 
So we decided we wanted to make gifts to pamper our loved ones this year while nurturing our potions power.

We made chapstick in several different scents
and delicious-smelling soap!


 Pooh The Sweetest Christmas


We made Ginger Bread (Trader Joe's Box Mix)
to deliver to our friends and neighbors

Mama May I Book A Day Countdown to Christmas Day 17

Day 17

Snow Play Dough

2 cups flour
2 tbls vegetable oil
1 tbls almond oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tables cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1.5 oz glycerine
a few drops of essential oil (lavender)

Red Sled
Paint a Red sled
or make one out of popsicle sticks

Sensory Play
Shaving Cream

A wonderfully fun sensory play idea is a can of shaving cream. 
Put out a tablecloth and pile it high or play in the bath tub instead so you can just rinse it down the drain when you're done. 
Either way, little ones LOVE having some messy fun! 
We use popsicle sticks, paint brushes, spoons, scoops, and pieces of cardboard to make tracks, art, and snow piles.

Kitchen Science
Melting Peppermint