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All About Christmas – An Engaging Story and Activity Book


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All About Christmas | Book Review | Baby & Beyond

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! It is December already and festive decorations are already going up on storefronts. Christmas is just around the corner!

We celebrate Christmas at my sister’s place each year and it is all about family, feasting and of course, presents. This year Baby N is old enough to realize when something special is happening, so I was looking for interesting ways to introduce the concept of Christmas to him.

As with introducing any new concept, the best way to do it is through books and activities. So when I read about this children’s book “All About Christmas”, I just had to get it for myself. Here is my review:

 

About the Book “All About Christmas”

The book is divided into 4 sections – The Nativity story, the Santa Claus story, the tale of Evergreen trees, followed by stickers and craft sheets. Each story has a set of linked activities as well.

 

The Nativity Story:

This tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in simple language with beautiful, colourful illustrations. It is a really interesting and engaging way to teach children about why we celebrate Christmas.

Activities Included: Colouring, sticker collages and counting. There is also a page to recreate the Nativity scene using stickers.

 

All About Christmas - Nativity Story - Baby & Beyond

Listening to the story about the first Christmas and then telling it to his babies :’)

Nicholas:

This section is all about Saint Nicholas and how he came to be known as Santa Claus. It gives the story behind why we hang stockings over the fireplace on the night before Christmas (even I didn’t know this one!). For most children, Santa Claus – and in fact Christmas itself – is all about the presents, but this story introduces them to the real spirit behind the tradition of gifting. Another really fun chapter in this section is the interview with Santa Claus, which will make kids believe that he is indeed a real, living person.

Activities Included: Colouring, countdown to Christmas, sorting gifts, sticker collage and a page to write a letter to Santa

All About Christmas - Santa Claus - Baby & Beyond

He recognized Santa Claus!

The Tale of Evergreen Trees:

A sweet story on why the trees are evergreen with a great moral at the end.

Activities Included: Decorate the Christmas tree with ornament stickers

 

Craft Sheets:

The last section includes Christmas themed colouring and craft sheets. There are Nativity character cone dolls which you can use to make a 3D nativity scene, a bunting or Christmas tree ornaments. There is also a cube ornament which children can colour and a Naughty or Nice sheet which parents can mark as a fun activity to encourage good behaviour.

All About Christmas - Nativity Cones - Baby & Beyond

These cone cut-outs can be used to make a 3D Nativity scene, a decorative bunting or tree ornaments

 

My Review

  • Story: The book is a very interactive and engaging way to introduce children to the stories behind Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, how Saint Nicholas came to be known as Santa Claus, why we hang stockings above the fireplace etc.
  • Print & Illustrations: The illustrations are bright, colourful and attractive. The font is clear and easy for children to read. The craft sheets are on thicker card paper which makes the cutouts stand well.
  • Activities: Every section includes very creative, hands-on activities that reinforce the theme while also providing fun and learning. A range of skills are engaged including reading, writing, colouring, sorting, counting, arranging, sequencing, cutting and pasting, imagination and creativity. However, most of the activities would require an adult to be along with the child, especially for smaller children.
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Counting Santa’s reindeer

  • Stickers: There are over 400 stickers..in fact the author has been thoughtful enough to put in duplicate stickers for many activities in case one of them tears, or if you want to repeat the activity outside the book. There are also some extra stickers that you can use on your gifts and cards.
  • Age Group: Although the author recommends that the book is suitable for ages 3-10, I would say that in my opinion the language would be suited for children 5 and up. Though the activities can be enjoyed by younger kids as well. My almost-2 year old is already enjoying decorating the Christmas tree and sticking cotton on Santa’s beard.
All About Christmas - Tree Ornament Stickers - Baby & Beyond

His favourite activity is decorating the Christmas tree with ornament stickers. Of course his favourite sticker is the star!

About the Author

Kajal Dharod is a mom to 4 year old twins. Though she has a background in Finance and Marketing, her passion has always been teaching and making learning simple and fun. She started “Your Learning Capsules” to share her learning resources with other parents. All About Christmas is her second book after the success of her interactive Diwali activity book – iDiwali.

 

Price and Availability

“All About Christmas” is very reasonably priced at Rs. 349. You can order your copy here.

 


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The author sent me the book for my honest and independent review.

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Comments
  1. anjana said on December 8, 2017 11:50 am:

    great activity … superb ideas and nice write-up

  2. Akshaya said on December 8, 2017 8:11 pm:

    That looks so exciting! Definitely bookmarking it for when my daughter grows older. From the preview pics, I agree with your summary that it’s probably better for 5+

  3. Priyadarshani Panda said on December 9, 2017 1:57 am:

    i loved the concept of activity christmas book…we do a lot of craft and other montesssori activities this book will definitely be a fun activity and reading session.. I am definitely ordering this one

  4. Ophira said on December 9, 2017 12:38 pm:

    Such a great idea to introduce festivals to children through books.

  5. Vidhi Duggal said on December 9, 2017 2:23 pm:

    Christmas is just around the corner and we really need this book to teach them the story of christmas. The best part is that it includes so many activities as well to engage the kids.

  6. Nimmy Joseph said on December 9, 2017 10:06 pm:

    Wonderful book and great activities along with it..!! This is just perfect!

  7. Roopika said on December 10, 2017 1:54 am:

    I was looking for ways to introduce the concept of Christmas to kids and came across this post! Just the prerfect timing I must say!
    Wonderful review!
    I am going to checkout this activity book right away!

  8. Neha said on December 10, 2017 4:30 am:

    Thanks for detailed review. Was very helpful

  9. Sapna Krishnan said on December 10, 2017 1:16 pm:

    Wow.. this looks like a lot of fun. Anything to keep the toddler occupied. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  10. Deepa said on December 11, 2017 8:22 am:

    The book looks interesting. I am sure kids are going to love it with the colourful pictures and the fun activities.

  11. Shipra Trivedi said on December 11, 2017 10:00 am:

    Lovely book and even I would like to know facts about Christmas. Would try it for sure as it includes a lot of activities to make my boy happy.

  12. NEHA JAIN said on December 12, 2017 10:02 am:

    It looks interesting.. I am sure my 3yo would love this. Thanks for the review.

  13. Kamana@SocialandStyle said on December 12, 2017 6:52 pm:

    Aww love this activity book. Looks so fun and I will def have to try it with my little one

  14. Anchal said on December 12, 2017 10:50 pm:

    This is a lovely book. There so many ways to keep the reader engaged.

  15. Kinshoo said on December 13, 2017 5:06 pm:

    Such an intetesting colorful book including story and activities. Great to motivate reading

  16. anupriya said on December 14, 2017 9:47 am:

    I and my son are in love with interactive learning books. My son loves the sticker books. This one looks like something he will love. Thanks for sharing this information.