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You’ll have fun with this not a creature was stirring craft that goes along with The Night Before Christmas poem. These are perfect Christmas crafts for toddlers age 2-3, Christmas crafts for preschoolers, or easy Christmas crafts for kids of any age! They’re fun DIY ornaments for the holidays!
Night Before Christmas Poem
The Not A Creature Was Stirring saying actually comes from (affiliate link) ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore.
(I still love the The Night Before Christmas book, don’t you?)
A Visit from St. Nicholas is the real title of the poem by Clement Charles Moore (although it is more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” or “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”).
How does Twas the Night Before Christmas go?
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;The children were nestled all snug in their beds;While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…
Once, while reading The Night Before Christmas story for homeschool, we did something a little differently than just reading—we had musical story time!
If you’ve never done this, you have to try it!
While you read the story, your kids get to add the sound effects.
And, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a great book for sound effects, with the reindeer hooves on the roof, the window opening, the kids sleeping and Santa’s jingle bells.
So, before you read this book with the kiddos and do the craft, round up some sound effects: jingle bells, maracas, chopsticks, an overturned bowl or kid drum, and upside down cups (which make excellent reindeer sound effects).
Just use your imagination!
(Or, even better, let the kids pick out stuff to make their own music and sound effects!)
Night Before Christmas Movie
If you want to round out an entire theme with this craft, you can also watch the Night Before Christmas movie (cartoon).
After the book and music time, use the the night before christmas words for inspiration to make this super cute not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse craft.
These also make super cute holiday name tags or table place holders. Just write the names in the middle of the mouse’s body.
Not a Creature Was Stirring Mouse Craft
The story of Night Before Christmas is the perfect pairing with this Not a Creature Was Stirring craft (a verse take right from the poem).
- Red and green craft paper
- Googly Eyes
- White pipe cleaners
- White craft balls or cotton balls
- Candy canes
- Ribbon (optional)
- Measure your candy cane on the pieces of paper and then cut ovals slightly larger than the candy cane. Point one end of the oval where the nose will go.
- Cut two slits in the oval (away from the pointed end) using a craft knife or the point of the scissors.
- Place the candy cane in between the two slits for the mouse tail. Tape on the back so that the candy cane doesn’t move.
- Cut up the pipe cleaners so that you have enough for three whiskers on each side of the mouse.
- Glue the eyes, nose and whiskers onto the mouse.
- Out of the scrap paper, cut out two 1-inch rectangles and fold in half for the ears. Glue onto the mouse just above the whiskers and eyes.
- Let dry completely. Tie ribbon around candy cane tail and hang on tree or use the candy cane "hook" to hang directly on the Christmas tree.