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!
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.
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!
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!