Favourite festive videos
December stories for primary and the Early Years
12 fabulous video stories for Winter/Christmas all in one place, narrated by native English speakers, curated by Jan Homden.
Percy the Park Keeper – The Cross Rabbit (1999) – Based on the book by Nick Butterworth
Published on 4 Feb 2016 – Playing time: 8.48
‘Winter is approaching, and Old Rabbit wants to sleep for a while, but the mice are disturbing him with their fun and games. Percy persuaded the mice to play elsewhere, but the peace doesn’t last for long.’
Age range 3 – 6 years
Percy the Park Keeper – Sleigh Ride (1999) Based on the book by Nick Butterworth
Published on 11 Jan 2015 – Playing time: 8.45
Charlie and Lola – How Many More Minutes Until Christmas
Charlie and Lola – Snow is my favourite and my best (HQ)
Meg and Mog – Meg’s Christmas – Based on the book written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski.
Published on 4 Aug 2015 Playing time: 4.30
‘Mog is too excited to sleep but on Christmas morning the trio discover there are no presents under the tree. Father Christmas got stuck in the chimney and its Meg to the rescue!’
Age range 2 – 5 years
The GRUFFALO’S CHILD (HD Full animated version) – Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Penguin Based on the book by Polly Dunbar (Penguin is a 2007 award winning children’s picture book)
Published on 18 Jun 2016 Playing time: 4.20
‘When Ben rips open his present, he finds a penguin inside. “Hello, Penguin!” he says. “What shall we play?” But Penguin says nothing. What will it take for Penguin to say something – or for Ben to understand what Penguin has to say?’ Narrated by Emilia Fox.
Age range 4 – 7 years.
Kipper the Dog – Snowy Day – Based on the book by Mick Inkpen – Published on 8 Apr 2013
‘Kipper loves the snow and when he sees great white flakes tumbling down one morning, he can’t wait to be out enjoying himself. Tiger (dressed for the snow) discovers how snow sticks to his mittens, hat and scarf. Lots of fun as the two friends chance on new games!’
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg ( A Christmas classic and in 1986 The Polar Express was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list.)
Listen to this beautiful story narrated by Liam Neeson
‘Late on Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train, the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy asks for a silver bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.’
Age Range 6 – 9 years
Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” NBC News Keith Morrison tells the classic tale of a sinister plot to stop Christmas.
“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason…”
Playing time: 9.56
Spot’s Winter Sports – The adventures of Spot by Eric Hill
‘Spot and his friends have a wonderful time in the snow, sledging, throwing snowballs. When Steve builds a snowdog, Spot decides to take it home with him.’
Playing time: 5.00
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Twas The Night Before Christmas (A Visit From St. Nicholas) by Clement Moore
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…’ The traditional and much-loved Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Read by Lorne Greene, best known as Ben Cartwright on the long running series “Bonanza”.
Playing time: 3.48
Age range: 3+
Collated by Jan Homden
An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international schools around the world. She has also worked with a leading architectural practice in Istanbul and is now responsible for design and research at Consilium Education.
Feature Image: Pexels – Jenna Hamra – Christmas Bell