As I got out our box of Christmas books, seeing The Polar Express #afflink reminded me of the fun times I had as a child making hot cocoa. And then, I realized that Toby has never made hot cocoa. Sure, we’ve made warm milk on the stove, and stirred in cinnamon, but that’s not quite the same. So, for this Christmas Read and Play activity, I decided that our book-based activity would be making hot cocoa. And reading The Polar Express while drinking it, of course!
So, I gathered our supplies… we filled up the electric tea kettle #afflink (I love this thing!) with water and turned it on. As the water heated, we got out tea cups, spoons, and hot cocoa powder. Then finally, I got our our milk (if you store things in mason jars, these pour spout lids #afflink are awesome).
As he always does in the kitchen, Toby had fun scooping, dumping, and stirring the hot cocoa. I even let him assist with pouring the piping hot water from the kettle into the tea cups (very closely supervised, of course). Once the hot water and the cocoa were in the cup, Toby stirred vigorously and gleefully. Once all the powder had been incorporated, I then had him help me pour in some milk to cool it down. As a side note, next time we do this I may heat the milk on the stove… hot cocoa always tastes richer when made with milk as a base.
Still warm, but now not too hot, Toby’s hot cocoa was ready for tasting. He had a few sips, and decided it would taste better with raisins in it. Go figure. My son loves to experiment in the kitchen, just like his Daddy.
Once the raisins were added, we curled up by the fire with our hot cocoa and our stack of Christmas books. What fun!
CHRISTMAS READ & PLAY
More than 20 bloggers have teamed up to participate in a Christmas read and play blog hop, with holiday-themed activities and crafts based on our favorite Christmas picture books. (#afflinks below)
- Read Mooseltoe: A Moose and a Dream and play with 3 Fun Mooseltoe activities
- Read The Animals’ Santa and make Christmas Snow Globes
- Read Snowmen at Christmas and play with a Snowman Sensory Box
- Read Bear Stays Up for Christmas and make a kid-friendly quilt craft
- Read Olive, the Other Reindeer and make a reindeer ornament
- Read Aliens Love Panta Claus and try making an Underpants Christmas Tree
- Read Father Fox’s Christmas Rhymes and play with DIY Christmas Printables
- Read Inside, Outside Christmas and play with DIY picture sort printables
- Read Star Bright: A Christmas Story and do a star activity
- Read The Jolly Christmas Postman and have fun with pretend Christmas mail play
- Read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and make a Cardboard tube Grinch and Max
- … or play a guessing and counting game
- Read The Gift of Nothing and make a Gift Box
- Read Quiet Bunny & Noisy Puppy and play a lower case b and d game
- Read The Gingerbread Man and play with Pretend Play Gingerbread Man printables
- Read Russell’s Christmas Magic and make a Light Up Sheep
- Read My Penguin Osbert: Midi Edition and make a Pom Pom Penguin craft
- Read Night Tree and make wild life treats
- Read Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas and create Nativity Christmas Art
- Read Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story and make a nativity play
- Read The Legend of the Christmas Stocking and play a stocking sight word game