How Winston Delivered Christmas: Christmas crafts for kids

How Winston Delivered Christmas is a very special children's book, perfect for young readers in the run up to Christmas. Here, Alex T. Smith introduces us to the book, and shows us some simple Christmas crafts for kids.

How Winston Delivered Christmas is a beautifully illustrated festive story told in twenty-four-and-a-half chapters, one for every day of advent. Each day includes a festive activity, from writing a letter to Father Christmas to Christmas craft ideas. If you're looking for a brand-new adventure this Christmas, discover the next Winston book, How Winston Came Home for Christmas.

Here, author Alex T. Smith shows us how to draw your own Winston the mouse, how to make the perfect festive decorations, and we share some more fun Christmas activities for kids from the world of Winston.

Plus, for even more festive fun, we share exclusive downloads of the first chapter of each book, along with Alex and Winston's tips for making storytime as fun and cosy as possible.

If you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, don’t miss our kids Christmas gift guide, and if you're looking for even more fun festive activities, discover more Christmas activity sheets here.


I've always loved winter. All those frosty mornings and getting cosy after being outside in the cold. And when December arrives Christmas magic is in the air! 

The busy bustling shops, the glitzy decorations, the waiting and then of course the big day itself!
I got the idea when I was helping my niece and nephews write their letters to Father Christmas and I wondered (with a shiver) what would happen if one of the letters got waylaid? Hopefully there would be some kind of person (or in this case a mouse) to deliver it for us. And what adventures would they have?

Of course Christmas isn't just about the things you buy from the shops. I wanted to write a story about the sorts of things that are free - like bravery and kindness. I hope Winston's Christmas adventure shows you that you are never too tiny to be brave and that little acts of kindness can often make huge differences to other people.

Have a very cosy Christmas and an adventurous New Year!

Love from,



How to draw Winston the Mouse:

How to make a cotton-ball snowman:

How to make a Thumbprint Heart Bookmark:

Make your own pompom robin, perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree!

Make a Pom Pom Robin activity sheet

Colour in Winston and get him ready for his Christmas adventure!

Download more of Winston's activity sheets, and get into the festive spirit with some Christmas crafts.

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Activity sheet - Christmas activities - How Winston Delivered Christmas - Alex T. Smith
Download Winston's Christmas activity sheets

Click on the envelope to download Chapter One of How Winston Delivered Christmas:

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Download the first chapter

Or read along with Alex to Chapter One here: 

How Winston Delivered Christmas

by Alex T. Smith

Book cover for How Winston Delivered Christmas

How Winston Delivered Christmas is an adventure to share every year in the run up to Christmas, and is full of amazing colour illustrations and activities for the whole family. 

On Christmas Eve, Winston undertakes a Very Important Mission: delivering a letter to Father Christmas that didn't make it to the post box! With the help of some festive friends, Winston has some Very Exciting Adventures on his journey – but will he reach Father Christmas in time?

Looking for Winston's next adventure? Discover How Winston Came Home For Christmas with Alex:

How Winston Came Home for Christmas

by Alex T. Smith

Book cover for How Winston Came Home for Christmas

Join Winston the mouse as he sets out on another heart-warming Christmas adventure! Discover gorgeous, colourful artwork and lots of Christmassy activities in this festive sequel to the much-loved How Winston Delivered Christmas. 

With only five days to go until Christmas, Winston has a Very Curious Mystery to solve. Promising Oliver that he'll be back in time for Christmas, Winston travels around the world in search of a mysterious, half-remembered mouse that he knows is very important to him. 

A Christmas story written in 24-and-a-half-chapters, with one to read for every day of December in the lead up to Christmas and a festive activity in each chapter for all the family to enjoy together.