Have you read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss?
The story of a Grinch learning to love and care about others and make up for past mistakes is a great message for Christmastime. After talking about the lessons in the book you can make a Grinch Christmas ornament.
DIY Grinch Ornament
- Fillable Glass Balls Ornaments (affiliate link)
- broken green crayons
- Red 3D Fabric Paint (affiliate link)
- hair dryer
We decided the best part of the story was when the Grinch’s heart grew so decided to make a Grinch’s heart ornament!
To color the glass ball ornaments green we placed a couple pieces of broken green crayon inside and heated them with a hair dryer.
As the crayons began to melt they moved all around the ornament coloring it a beautiful bright green.
Once the inside of the ornament was covered we shook the remaining crayon pieces out and used the 3D fabric paint to draw a heart on the front.
Homemade ornaments that go along with Christmas books are so much fun to make and get kids excited about reading! I think the Grinch himself would approve!
This ornament is part of a two week series of kid made ornaments being shared over at Mama Miss! And all the ornaments are based on a children’s book. So much fun! Check out the other ornament crafts being shared today:
A note from Megan:
I love that Dr. Seuss has inspired so many to read and am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to experience it first hand. I had never really loved his book, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!, until one of my high school students, who had struggled with reading his whole life, rapped it for the elementary school kids at their school celebration.
This big, cool high schooler spent days practicing and totally rocked his performance! That day not only fostered a love of reading in the little kids who were attending, it made him and the other kids in my class love and value reading as well. Needless to say There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! had a very special place in my heart.
But I have to say the more I’ve learned about Dr. Seuss the more complicated my feelings about his books became. His early racist ads are quite shocking if you haven’t seen them yet and as I have read more about him the more I realized the racist overtones of some of his books. I personally have made the decision to no longer write book activities for his books. As Maya Angelou says, when we know better, we can do better and it no longer feels right for me.
We have a large collections of his books and I am not getting rid of them. But I will be teaching my kids more about his past including the racist parts. It’s important to know our history and the impact it’s had on others. And it’s important to me as a blogger to share things with you I would use in my own classroom or family.