Like many families, mine has a list of movies and books we read each year during the Christmas season. On both lists is the same title, “The Polar Express.” Although the movie has some creepy animation and takes a lot of liberties with the story, it’s certainly a crowd pleaser. The gist of the story is that there’s a boy who is struggling to believe in Santa. Therefore, he’s taken to the North Pole by train where he’s given a sleigh bell that can only be heard by those who truly believe. If you haven’t read it, pick up a copy (affiliate link).
Each year, our homeschool co-op has a Christmas party, and while planning, the idea of a “Polar Express” theme just seemed right! Typically at our parties, we to do a crafty little something that involves the kids.
Previously we’d made graham cracker gingerbread houses, but those were a little messy, a lot of work, and massively sugar filled. In order to avoid the sugar rush, we switched gears and stuck with a DIY ornament for the kids to take home. These jingle bell ornaments, inspired by the movie and book couldn’t have been easier to assemble, thus making them great for kids of all ages.
The kids wore their jammies, we served hot cocoa, popped some popcorn and showed the movie. It was a fun, simple, themed Christmas party… done in a snap!
Want to make your own jingle bell ornaments? You’ll need:
- medium sized jingle bell (affiliate link), 1 per child
- 4″ piece of red and white packaging twine (affiliate link), 1 per child
- tag, hole punched. Grab the printable here. I printed on a golden yellow card stock
Assembling is a breeze. Simply string the bell and ticket together and make a knotted loop with your twine.Hang it on your tree and you’re ready to go!
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