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Legend of the Poinsettia Book & Craft: Poinsettia Ornament



It's Toddler Book Talk Tuesday day and today I have a special surprise for you. While I love sharing about the books I'm reading, today I want to also do a craft and incorporate it together just for you. Today's book is The Legend of the Poinsettia retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. The Legend of the Poinsettia is a wonderful children’s book that tells the story of how the poinsettia came to be a symbol of the holiday season. The bright illustrations and sweet storytelling make this a wonderful book to enjoy with your child this holiday season. 

In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside. This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. 

Lucida the heroine in the story is a young girl who lives with her parents and her siblings in Mexico. Lucida's mother was asked to make a special blanket for the Baby Jesus figure in the procession since the one they had was very old and worn. When Lucida's mother became ill, Lucida decided to try and finish the blanket on her own but it became so tangled that it was ruined. Lucida was sad that her family no longer had a gift to give until an old woman appeared to her and told her everything would be ok. She also told her that whatever she gave would be ok because it was given with love. Lucida then proceeded to take some weeds that she picked that bloomed into the lovely poinsettias that we all know and love today. 


This story teaches that no matter what we give, as long as we give it with love, it's all that matters. Humility is also taught in this lovely story along with the act of courage and love all around. This is one book that we would recommend. We loved the folklore and the illustrations were bright and beautiful. Here's another book that totally gets our TWO TINY THUMBS UP

Now let's look at this really cute poinsettia ornament that you can make after you've enjoyed reading your own book. 


With just a few materials, you can make a poinsettia ornament perfect for adorning your tree. Here is how to get started.

Supplies needed:

Clear ornament
Silk poinsettia
White or silver glitter
Ribbon for hanging
Scissors

You can find all of the supplies you need here at both your local dollar store or craft store. Look for plastic ornaments that are shatter proof since this is a craft you will be doing with children. You can choose any color of poinsettias you wish, as you will find them in white, red, and pink.


Directions:

1. Begin by removing the top of the ornament. Sprinkle in a teaspoon or so of glitter and give it a good shake to spread it around.

2. Take a stem of poinsettias and remove the blooms. You can just snip the tops off with scissors. You can also snip a few leaves off if you wish.


3. Now, take the blooms and tuck them into clear ornament. You can use a pencil to press them in and adjust them into position. Add some greenery using the same method.

4. How full you want the ornament to be is up to you. You can add several smaller blooms or one large one.

5. Cut a length of ribbon and tie it to the ornament for hanging.


Your poinsettia ornament is now ready to be displayed. Each time you look at it, you will be reminded of The Legend of the Poinsettia!


Annmarie John
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  1. What a cute idea for an ornament. I love how easy it is to make.

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  2. That is a great book. Love the ornament.

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  3. What a sweet book. I love books like this. Oh and that ornament... awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Great way to turn a fun craft into a learning adventure. I did not know that about the poinsettia.

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  5. Sweet story. :) I thought I was mostly familiar with Mexican folklore but this is a new one for me. Love the ornament as well!

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  6. I love seeing children read. Plus to inspire them to create or their parents is wonderful.

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  7. What a pretty ornament. I never heard of that book but my kids used to love Tomie dePaola's books when they were little.

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  8. Sounds like a cute book. Your daughter looks like she is really enjoying it!

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  9. I like the moral of the story. Very great idea to teach kids even at Madison's age!

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  10. What a beautiful book, it looks really nice!

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  11. Love your ornament! YOu did a great job on it. I have that Christmas book too and enjoy the story.

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  12. I love that DIY idea...and it's so great to teach a lesson like that to the kiddos!

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  13. Pretty craft! Looks like the perfect craft and book to enjoy together!

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  14. Pinned this to my Christmas board! We love activities that go along with books. Thanks!

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  15. This is so awesome! What an easy way to make cute decorations!

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  16. This book looks so beautiful. And we love Poinsettas!

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  17. This is one of my favorite books.I use it every year to teach about the Las Posadas Mexican tradition.

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  18. I actually had no idea there was a story behind the Poinsettia. Thank you for sharing this. I might just get the book and make this craft with my niece. Would be nice to put on our tree. So easy to make too.

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  19. I have another craft I'm doing with those clear ornaments this weekend, so I'm adding this to my list!

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