My favorite Christmas movie is The Polar Express! I remember when they made this book into a movie and even as young twenty something, I was so excited and couldn't wait to see it! I was like a kid at Christmas all over again and I remember thinking "I can't wait to watch this with my kids someday."
Well that time is here and my munchkins love the movie to. I love the message of believing and how magical Christmas is because my parents made Santa special and made Christmas magical every year. For our special Polar Express Movie Day, we are going to stay in our pajamas, snuggle on the couch, sip hot cocoa, eat something delicious, and watch The Polar Express.
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Both of my children love trains, so I thought a train craft would be perfect for our Polar Express Day. They also love jingle bells and I thought to combine the love of trains and jingle bells to create our craft today. This craft is perfect for kids of all ages.
Supplies for the Polar Express Jingle Bell Craft:
Cake Pan/Foil Pan/Cardboard Box
Train Cut Out
Foil, Wax Paper or Parchment Paper
I saved the cardboard box from my son's school fundraiser because it's the perfect size for this project, I just cut off the top of the box and added parchment paper (I ran out of foil yesterday) to the bottom of the box to collect the paint.
For the train cut out, you can print one or trace one or draw one. I used my Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine to cut out the shape of the train and made it on white card stock. For the jingle bells, I purchased a bag at the dollar store and we already had Crayola Wash Paint Size 10ct Crayola Washable Kids Paint.
Then I let my munchkins choose the colors they wanted for their train and put some paint on top of the train in the box. Then we added some jingle bells. The Crayola Wash Paint Size 10ct Crayola Washable Kids Paint comes out thick, so I would suggest watering it down a little before adding it to the train because sometimes the bells got stuck.
We sang Christmas Carols as they rolled the jingle bells around to create the train. Here is an action shot of one of the munchkins shaking, rolling, tipping the box as they painted with the jingle bells.
Here are the finished Polar Express Jingle Bell trains. The munchkins loved it and can't wait to paint with jingle bells again. We are going to create a whole train now. This craft would be fun for a Polar Express Party to!