Create Your Own Lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

Create Your Own Lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

Rewriting this classic Christmas carol will spark your child’s creativity while strengthening his familiarity with grammar and style elements including alliteration, parts of speech, syllables, and poetic rhythm. He can make it as poetic or zany as he likes. To emphasize the theme, try to think of words that pertain to Christmas or to winter in general.

What You Need:

  • Copy of the original “Twelve Days of Christmas” song
    • Paper and pencil
    • A quiet room so that your child can focus and let his imagination run wild

    What You Do:

    1. If you have access to it, play the original song in its entirety so that your child is reminded of the lyrics and melody.
    2. This is a collaborative project since you will probably want to replay the song or sing it aloud so that your child can be sure to emulate the rhythm and alliteration as in the original version.
    3. If your junior lyricist gets stuck along the way, suggest that she refer to other Christmas stories in her home library for imagery and motifs that may provide inspiration. Once she has rewritten the words to all 12 days, ask her to make copies of the song and pass them out to every family member.
    4. If she likes, have her create illustrations to accompany the newfangled song.
    5. Give the newly written version a whirl together!

    “The 12 Days of Christmas” has been re-worded in many whimsical ways. Here are a few kids books that offer entertaining versions:

    • If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond – contains sheet music for Christmas carols including a mouse-ified version of The 12 Days of Christmas
    • Barney’s 12 Days of Christmas, by Guy Davis, illustrated by Mark S. Bernthal
    • The Twelve Days of Christmas, State By State series, various authors

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Homemade Snow Globe

Homemade Snow Globe

This homemade snow globe craft is fun for kids who are excited about winter! Often associated with holiday celebrations, homemade snow globes are a favorite glittery creation for both kids and adults. Store-bought snow globes tend to be expensive and delicate, but a DIY snow globe is an inexpensive winter decoration that is tough enough for kids to play with. This snow globe is made with just a few supplies, and the craft is simple enough for kids to make themselves.

What You Need:

  • Clean jar with a water-tight lid (test it by filling it with water, turning it upside down, and holding it over your sink)
  • Festive, waterproof figurine or holiday ornament that fits inside the jar
  • Cork
  • Knife
  • Waterproof glue
  • Water
  • Coarse glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Glycerin (optional: available at drug stores)
  • Small bowl or dish

What You Do:

  1. Trim the cork so one piece is just a little taller than the jar lid. Discard the extra cork.
  2. Remove the lid from the jar and set the jar aside.
  3. Put the lid upside down and help your child affix the cork piece to the center with a dab of waterproof glue.
  4. Glue the figurine, bottom down, to the cork (if you’re using a little person as the figure, glue the feet to the cork). The cork is a platform that will allow the figurine to show above the rim of the lid, and the lid will eventually be the bottom of the snow globe.
  5. Let the cork and figure dry completely.
  6. Have your child add a few dashes of glitter to the jar, along with a few drops of glycerin if you’d like the glitter to slowly move around in the globe.
  7. Help your child fill the jar almost to the top with water.
  8. Screw lid back on jar, so the figure is pointing down. Reverse the jar so the figurine is right side up.
  9. Tie a ribbon around the jar lid and knot decoratively.
  10. Have your child shake gently and watch the glitter float around! Watch carefully for leaks and store in a small bowl or dish, just in case.

Not only is this homemade globe a hit with kids, it also makes a great holiday gift for friends and relatives, so stock up and make several!

Note:KY ( the brand) and vegetable glycerine are the same thing.. just different prices because of brand name and what the first is marketed for.

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