Meet Santa Expedition
- reusable bags
- Schedule a Santa sighting. Check newspapers, community bulletin boards, and online for Santa's holiday itinerary.
- Preview your visit. Talk about who Santa is, what he'll be wearing, what he might ask, and so on. Talk about what your child wants for Christmas and what he might give to others.
- Sing Santa Songs. On the way there, belt out "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Must Be Santa," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." If you want to print out the lyrics ahead of time, check out this website of holiday songs.
- Play I SPY games. Pass the time while you wait in line. Ask, How many red things can you spot? How many green? How many silver? How many gold?
- Go with the flow. Young children can be frightened of people in costumes, even Santa. Don't insist that your child climb onto Santa's lap if he's not comfortable doing so. Use your own judgment about how to answer questions about Santa. Some kids want to believe in him; others may just prefer to play "Santa's helpers" for younger kids.
- Snap a photo. Make copies to include in holiday cards or thank-you notes.
- Investigate. Ask your child open-ended questions:
- Who is Santa Claus?
- Where does he live?
- Who helps him build toys?
- How does he deliver his gifts?
- Can you name his reindeer? (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolf)
- Read all about it. Check out The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Santa Claus, The World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee.
For more exploring, play Dora's Great Big World game, find do-together Dora crafts, recipes, and activities, and print a personalized Explorer Kit for your child at DoraTheExplorer.com.
You can also get Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure app on iTunes!
Thanks to Susan Hood
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