Nature-themed Christmas Books & Activities

Enjoy these Christmas-themed nature books and winter play activities!

Christmas is a wonderful time to invite nature into the house!

We love creating & crafting with natural items during the holidays -- they're not only free but plentiful.  Not to mention, some of them have such a wonderful scent!

So enjoy these great play activities, books and crafts from nature that are perfect for the holiday season!


Kids Christmas books with nature themes

Nature-themed Christmas Books & Activities

It's easy to incorporate natural items into crafts, play and holiday decorating! They're also a great item to include in your Christmas countdown activities too.

And then there's the research that shows having a connection to nature helps to reduce stress during the holidays :) 

Oh yea, we all need that!

Plus, the kids will get some much needed outdoor time while they search for twigs, acorns, pinecones and stones.  So send kids outside to gather up a few items and enjoy these fun activities that connect nature & the holidays!  And if you have a nature lover in the family, check out these Gift Ideas that Connect Kids to Nature too!


Nature-themed Christmas Books

We love reading books that highlight the beauty of nature during the holidays!  My favorite things about these stories are the illustrations -- they are so beautiful in each book. 

Plus many of these are perfect to read before or after a walk in the woods!  Here are a few of our favorites along with affiliate links so you can learn more about each one:

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree - a story of friendship & giving during the holidays!

The Christmas Wish - a gorgeous story about a young girl named Anja who wanted to be one of Santa's elves.

The Deep & Snowy Woods - the animals are curious about the special person who visits their woods each year.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree - the only thing better than having a tree for the holidays is sharing a tree!  This is a holiday classic that kids & families will really enjoy!

The Legend of the Poinsettia - a classic tale of the favorite flower of Christmas!

Christmas Farm - one of the newest favorites on my list!  The story of two unlikely people , an elderly woman and young boy,  who decide to start a Christmas tree farm together.

The Message of the Birds - an old owl tells the story of how all the birds of the world use to carry the message of Jesus' birthday.

Home for Christmas -- enjoy the outdoors and woodland animals with a wild troll who runs away for the holidays.  The author, Jan Brett, has many beautiful books that celebrate nature -- see them all here --> Wonderful Winter book list.


Fun ways to bring nature inside for Christmas play

Indoor Nature Crafts & Activities with a Christmas Theme

Make Christmas Ice Wreaths to hang | Edventures with Kids

Challenge your kids to identify Christmas smells with this Scents of Christmas activity | Edventures with Kids

Create a Christmas Sensory Bin so kids can enjoy all the smells of the season | Little Bins for Little Hands

Turn sticks into Magical Jingle Wands | Learning for Kids

Make an Imaginary Play Scene with a holiday theme | Pickelbums

Use sticks & holiday items to make a nature-inspired ornament | My Bright Firefly

Turn acorns & acorn tops into a Snowman's Wonderland | The Pinterested Parent

Create a stone walkway for the Wise Man in your Nativity scene | Explore & Express

Add natural items to homemade playdough | The Imagination Tree

PLUS 20 More Nature Crafts & Activities for the holidays!


outdoor nature activities the kids will enjoy for Christmas

Creative Ways to take Christmas Outdoors

Go for a Holiday Walk in the Woods with the FREE printable below!

Head out on a Winter Scavenger Hunt (free printable!) | Edventures with Kids

Put up a Tinsel Tent for some outdoor reading | Be a Fun Mum

Turn the sandbox into a Winter Forest | Exploring the Outdoor Classroom

Put lights up on your playset for fun play in the dark!

Go on a luminary walk or create one in your backyard.

Use these free printables to get the kids outside for a Reindeer Hunt | Bloom Designs

Create a Christmas Cake for the birds | Parents Magazine

Make Ice Ornaments for your yard | Red Ted Art



Get your free printable activity & get out and enjoy nature this Christmas season!


More Christmas Activities:

25 Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy the Holidays

20 Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Christmas Around the World: Italy
Christmas Scavenger Hunt (with FREE printable!)