The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever: A Storia eBook Review & DIY Book Activity
One of my children’s favorite family traditions is to go cut down our Christmas tree. We are lucky to live in an area with the most beautiful tree farms, and every year I take a million pictures of my clan finding just the right tree. This year I am going to take it a step further by turning those pictures into our own custom book and link it to this adorable book we read on Storia, Scholastic’s eReading app.
You can find out more about how Storia works (it’s super easy to use) in this post by Amy Mascott. She breaks it down and covers all the questions!
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever, by Steven Kroll, is a sweet book about two friends, Clayton and Desmond, who are eager to find the biggest Christmas tree ever. Clayton and Desmond looked for the tree on their own but had no luck. The next day, they bumped into each other and decided that finding the right tree would be easier if they worked together. They soon found it, but it was so big they needed even more people to help. Their friends and family came, and in the spirit of togetherness and teamwork the tree was pulled to Clayton’s front yard, where the whole town could celebrate with it.
Once you and your child finish reading the eBook, try making your own book.
1. Print out pictures of your children choosing their Christmas tree. I like to position the photo in the middle of the page and leave room for my kids to write or type words underneath it.
2. Invite your children to write about or dictate the events in each photo.
3. Make a cover page! We used graphics for more fun.
4. Print out and share!
A lot of parents worry about their children checking out mentally when they are using technology but eBooks are really interactive. Pair eBooks with extension activities like this DIY book idea to engage your kids at an even deeper level.
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Disclosure : I have been compensated by Scholastic for reviewing their eBooks.