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In The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Book, author Natasha Wing writes a charming and hilarious story that mimics the original and loved version of the Night Before Christmas. In this book, it is the night before the night before Christmas, and everything that can go wrong has. But even so, this family finds a way to enjoy the holiday and find the spirit of Christmas. This holiday, make reading this book part of your night before, the night before Christmas tradition and then enjoy some of these great enrichment activities to follow!
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas Enrichment Activities
1. Laugh Out Loud.
Read through the text and use a sticky note to mark any pages where you laughed out loud. Go back and revisit these pages when you finish reading the text. Talk about them. What made you laugh? Why was it funny? What does it remind you of? Enjoy some great giggles together.
2. Compare and contrast chart.
Read the original version of the Night Before Christmas and then this version. On a chart, make a note of how these texts were alike and how they were different. Do you think they were more alike? Or more different? Which version did you prefer and why? This is a great time to get some fun discussions going.
3. Wacky wrong list.
So many things went wrong in this story! There were holes in stockings, burnt cookies, and mom was sick to name a few. See if you can name the rest. Make a list of all of the things that went wrong in this story. Laugh about them, and talk about how those wrongs could be made right.
4. Make connections.
What family traditions do you have the nights leading up to Christmas? Talk about them and make connections to the text. How are your traditions like the one in the book? Invite children to make their own small flip book with index cards stapled together that depicts the nights before Christmas in their homes.
5. Illustration fun.
The illustrator Mike Lestor really helps tell the story with his hysterical drawings. Talk about your favorite pictures and how they made the story more enjoyable, laughable, etc. Give each child a piece of scrap paper and have them draw their own picture that could accompany this story. Try for the style of drawing that Mike Lester uses if you are feeling ambitious!
When you are done with these, you could always search for and define tricky words, try writing your own rhyming stories, or even read the other books in this fun series! Either way, you are sure to understand the text further and really have some educational holiday fun!