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It's December!

November 30, 2017 00:04 by Barbara Shelby

 

Updated December, 2017...

Just look at the below days and plan some December fun! Lots of activities for"Special Days" at links and the bottom of this page! 

Flower: Narcissus-Stands for Self-Love           
Birthstone: Turquoise
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius, November 22-December 21
Capricorn, December 22-January 19

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DECEMBER IS:

• Hi Neighbor Month
• Read a New Book Month
• Universal Human Rights Month
• Write a Friend Month
• World Aids Month
• National Stress Free Family Holiday Month

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 Few months have as many multicultural Holiday Celebrations as December!

Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)~ December 6
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) ~December 12
St. Lucia Day (Swedish
) ~December 13
Hanukkah  Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 27Kislev--and lasts for eight days. (See Hanukka Category)
     2017:   Official dates are December12 to December 20. 

   Hanukkah 2018: December 2 to 10...2019: December 22 to 30... 2020: December 10 to 19

Christmas Day  (Christian) December 25
Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) December 26
Kwanzaa (African American) December 26 to January 1
Omisoka
(Japanese) December 31 

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DOING THE WEEKS!
Week One
Hand Washing Awareness Week
Cookie Cutter Week
Deaf Heritage Week

Week Two
You're doing a Good Job Week
Coats for Kids Days (Many Communities have an annual coats & toys for kids drive; coats are distributed about the 10th of the month--but any time is a good time!)

Week Three
International Language Week (See Ideas page bottom)

Lipstick Week (See page bottom)

Las Posadas (Spanish for the Inns) ~ a nine day celebration that begins December 16 and ends December 24; the 24th is called Noche Buena ("Holy Night"). It is a yearly tradition for many Christian Latin Americans symbolizing the trials which they believe Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay and where Jesus could be born.

Week Four

Kwanzaa: December 26 to January 1
Kwanzaa means 'first fruits of the harvest'; it is a non-religious celebration in which African Americans celebrate their rich heritage. Each of Kwanza's seven days represents a different principal:

PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA
1. UMOJA...Unity
We help each other to build a strong community.
2. KUJICHAGULIA...Self-determination
    We decide who we are and who we will be.
3. UJIMA...Collective work and responsibility
    We help each other, working together to make a better life.
4. UJAMMA...Cooperative economics
    We support African-American businesses.
5. NIA...
Purpose
    We have reason to live. We want to make our people great.
6. KUUMBA...Creativity
    We think of new and different things to do.
7. IMANI...
Faith
    We believe in all African people, our dreams, and our future.

 

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DOING THE DAYS~DECEMBER

1. World Aids Day; Rosa Park's Day (Refused to give up bus seat-1955)
    Eat a Red Apple Day (How simple is that )
    National Pie Day (See ideas below)
    Brittany Spears Birthday-1982
2. National Fritters Day
3. National Roof over Your Head Day
    International Day of Disabled Person
    World's first heart transplant (1967) by Dr. Christian Barnard
4. National Cookie Day (Make cookies from No Bake Category)
    Wear Brown Shoes Day   
5. Walt Disney's Birthday 
6. Everglades National Park dedicated-1947
    Mitten Tree Day (Can you do this for a Community Service?)
    St. Nicholas Day
    Special Kids Day

7. National Cotton Candy Day
    Pearl Harbor Day
8. First Christmas card produced (Put out supplies and make cards!)
    National Brownie Day (the dessert)
9.  Home-made Gift Day (See great ideas in gift category) 
     Ball bearing roller skates patented - 1884
     First Christmas Seals issued 1907 
10. Emily Dickenson's Birthday (1835)
     Human Rights Day
     First Nobel Peace Prize awarded
     Grand Ole Opry-first radio broadcast from Nashville in 1927
11. Apollo 17 lands on moon  1972 
     Pilgrim's land on Plymouth Rock

12. Poinsettia Day: First plant brought from Mexico
      Bonza Bottler Day (See below)
      Gingerbread House Day (See Christmas Crafts ) 

13. St. Lucia Day in Sweden        
      National Cocoa Day (See Cocoa Category) and 
Ice-Cream Day (below)
      Violin Day
      First Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1978)
14. NASCAR founded
15. Edison patented first phonograph in 1877
      Underdog Day
16. Boston Tea Party
      Los Posadas
      National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
      Ludwig Von Beethoven birthday 1770
17. National Maple Syrup Day (See page bottom)
18. Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day and 
Bake Cookies Day
19. Oatmeal Muffin Day
20. Louisiana Purchase completed-1803 

20. Games Day (Gym, Outside, Low Energy, Winter Inside Games, Winter Outside Snow Games 

21. Humbug Day; Look at the Bright Side Day;
      Don't Be a Scrooge Day; National Flashlight Day; First Crossword puzzle in newspaper
First Day of Winter (See below
  2016--- December 21

22. First Christmas lights for sale -1882
23. Roots Day
24. National Eggnog Day
     Last Minute Shoppers Day
25. Christmas Day
     National Pumpkin Pie Day
26. Kwanzaa begins
     Boxing Day - Observed the same date each year in: 
     UK, Canada, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, 
     West Virginia Boxing Day
     National Whiners Day
27. Howdy Doody premier on NBC 1947 to 1960
      Holocaust Remembrance Day
28. Card Playing Day (Have a card playing marathon)

      National Chocolate Day 
30. Rudyard Kipling (novelist) born 1860
31. Make up Your Mind Day
     New Year's Eve

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DOING THE DAYS ACTIVITIES...

 PIE DAY is DECEMBER 1

 

 PLAY 'PIE EATER' TAG GAME!

  • Split the students into two different groups; one is apple pie and the other group is pumpkin pie.
  • Have one student be the pie eater, who will be standing on the center line. The pie eater can only move from side to side on the center line.
  • All the students say to the pie eater, "Pie eater, pie eater are you hungry?" The pie eater responds with a 'yes or no' answer.
  • If the answer is no, the pies (students) ask again.
  • If the answer is yes, then the pies ask again, "What kind of pie would you like?"
  • The pie eater then says apple or pumpkin and that pie tries to make it to the other side.
  • If the pie is tagged, then they become a pie eater.

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Play a game of 'Apple, Apple, PIE!' It's played just like 'Duck, Duck, Goose'--but change the words...

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SERVE STORE BOUGHT PIE OR MAKE A PIE ...

SUPER QUICK APPLE PIE
Ingredients:
18 Oatmeal cookies
1 can Apple pie filling
Large square or rectangular microwave container...
  • Have children crumble 9 cookies in the bottom of dish. 
  • Open and pour the can of pie filling; spread evenly. 
  • Crumble the other 9 cookies on top. 
  • Cover the top lightly with Saran wrap type product and put it in microwave for 5 minutes on high. 
  • Allow to cool before serving.

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Easy Apple Turnovers
1 can apple pie filling and Tin of refrigerated biscuits (American style-not cookies) 
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons sugar
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400′. 
  • Flatten each biscuit into a 6″ round.  Place 2 heaping tablespoons of pie filling on each biscuit. 
  • Moisten edges of dough with water.  Fold over and press edges firmly with a fork to seal. 
  • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar and then sprinkle over top of biscuits. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

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 Third--First Heart Transplant Performed... 

 

PLAN A HEALTHY HEART DAY!  (Read this, it's fun!)

Celebrate a “healthy” heart with fun, aerobic activities that get children up and moving. You may want to set up several skill stations; this is an idea adapted from Celebration Games: Physical Activities for Every Month (2006 Human Kinetics).

STATIONS CAN INCLUDE:

  • STEP AEROBOCS STATION: Set up four or five step aerobic steppers and music.
  • HEALTHY HEART EXERCISES: Demonstrate several aerobic exercises and have children perform three aerobic exercises of their choice at this station (ie. jumping jacks, jumping rope, jogging in place)
  • CHOLESTEROL: Pictures of both high and low cholesterol foods are taped down. Children throw beanbags underhand from a throw line at low cholesterol foods.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE: Make a sign that says “normal blood pressure 120/80” and tape down pictures of things that can raise blood pressure such as smoking, unhealthy foods, lack of exercise and stress. Children THROW BEANBAGS UNDERHAND from a throw line at the things that will raise blood pressure. (You can put point values on targets and total points)
  • A HEALTHY BUT YUMMY SNACK TABLE at culmination of activity.
  • Divide the children into groups and disperse them evenly among the stations. Place them in a numerical order and have them keep this order for all stations. Set the number of tries for each turn and announce when it is time to rotate to the next station. Leave ample space between stations and advise children not to stand in the throwing areas. Adapted and expanded upon from: School-age Note of the Day- 2/5/07 schoolagenotes.com     

Along the same lines~ HEART BEATS

Can you find or borrow one or two good quality stethoscopes?
Show children how to use the stethoscopes to listen to their heart beat. Show them how to tap out the rhythm of their heart: lub-dub-lub-dub.

If young---Ask children if they can think of any way to change how fast their hearts are beating.
For all kids---Have them jog in place for several minutes, then have them recheck the rhythm beats of their hearts.

Extended Activity:
Are any of your parents or friends a nurse or doctor? Ask him/her to visit your group and bring in a stethoscope. Have the visitor talk to the kids about keeping their hearts strong and healthy. (With exercise, good food and sleep!)

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Don't forget 'Bonza Bottler Day' on December 12!
It's a day just to have a reason to celebrate. So celebrate!!! This happens each month when the day and date are the same number! Example: November 11, December 12, January 1, etc.

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ICE-CREAM DAY~ DECEMBER 13TH

 1. Serving ice-cream of any kind is fun~ in a cone, dish, or sundae bar! Also, consider the below...

 

2. ICE-CREAM EATING: No Hands Used!
Give each child a scoop or two of ice-cream in a bowl. Have them sit comfortably at a table ...
The fun is that they keep their hands behind their backs and eat the ice-cream with only their mouths! It's NOT a speed eating contest--Just silly fun!

3. BE SURE TO VIDEO TAPE AND TAKE PICTURES!
Do this at a family party and have Dad's participate

4. I SCREAM FOR ICE-CREAM ~ Pair this up with an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL Teach the kids: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Divide the group into teams (number of teams depends on number of youth) WHICH TEAM CAN SAY IT THE LOUDEST?  Have a third party judge...

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DECEMBER 17 IS NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY! If you have snow~ MAKE SOME MAPLE SYRUP SNOW CANDY...(See page bottom) (No snow? Make pancakes!)

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 START TRADITIONS TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER! 
CHALLENGE YOUR KIDS TO CELEBRATE WHAT WINTER MEANS TO THEM  by starting their own tradition on the first day of winter.  Have them invite family and friends, to participate in the new tradition. Start some for your home, classroom, or program!

 

FIRST DAY OF WINTER--

    

For ideas visit Page 2 of 'Themes for a Day' Category (First Day of Winter Tradition is near page bottom)

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WEEK THREE: INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE WEEK 

LEARN TO SAY "HELLO" IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
For example:
    • Arabic: Marhabah (mar-ha-bah)
    • French: Bonjour (bone-joor)
    • Hebrew: Shalom (shah-lome)
    • Italian: Buon giorno (bone-zhee-or-no)
    • Mandarin Chinese: Nea how (nee-how)
    • Russian: Priviet (pri-vee-et)
    • Spanish: Hola (oh-la)
    • Swahili: Jambo (zham-boh)

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LEARN TO SAY 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!

Canada--Merry Christmas
USA--Merry Christmas
China--Sheng Dan Kuai Le
France--Joyeux Noel
Finland --Hauskaa Joulua
Denmark--Glaedelig Jul
Spain--Feliz Navidad
Mexico--Feliz Navidad
Sweden--God Jul
Russia--S Rozhdestvom Kristovym
Portugal-- Boas Festas
Japan--Meri Kurisumasu
Italy --Buon Natale
Greece--Kala Christougenna
Belgium--Vrolijke Kerstmis
Poland--Wesolych Swiat
Netherlands--Zalig Derstfeest
Germany--Frohliche Weihnachen

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WEEK THREE: LIPSTICK WEEK

 

MAKE EDIBLE FRUIT LIP GLOSS
Materials:
Favored drink mix
1 cup vegetable shortening
Food coloring
Small container such as a film container
1. Mix one packet of drink mix with shortening.
2. Add in a few drops of food coloring that matches the flavor. ie: yellow for lemon.
3. Pack in small container, such as a film container, and you have wonderful tasting and smelling lip gloss. Of course the lip gloss is edible should some accidentally be licked off.

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 NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY--DECEMBER 17

  

If you have snow...MAKE MAPLE SNOW CANDY  (If not-Make Pancakes and top with maple syrup!)

 #1 Method...Ingredients:
2 cups of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup water.
Bring water with other ingredients to a rolling boil.(Boil for about 10 minutes)

 

 

Have children make a smooth place in clean snow - pour the snow candy on it. You can pour in any desired design or pictures. Don't touch until it has cooled.

 IF THE SNOW ON THE GROUND BOTHERS YOU---scoop up some clean snow and place it in a bowl or dish---you can also take the snow inside and make your candy there!

SNOW CANDY #2
If you use real Maple Syrup and boil it the same way, you get an all natural treat that doesn't require any measuring or mixing of ingredients. Fans of Laura Ingall Wilder may remember the author’s vivid descriptions of this candy: It is warm, buttery in flavor, gooey, and delicious when eaten outside while making a snow fort with your daddy.

This idea is also in Winter Inside Fun and Fall/Winter Snack Categories!

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HAVE FUN WITH MORE WINTER PAGES!

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Outside Winter Time Fun!

November 28, 2017 12:44 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

 Updated December, 2017

SNOW MOLDS
Just like sand, snow is wet and dense--and can be formed into shapes. When you go outside...take out the sandbox toys, buckets, containers and molds. Create a snow castle (instead of sand castle) -- Create and have fun!

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BUILD A LARGE SNOW WORM (or Caterpillar) Great for kids-no lifting heavy snow!

Materials: Food coloring, snow, sticks, fruit or vegetables (oranges, carrot)

  • Make several large snow balls. (One bigger than the rest for the head.)
  • Use the fruit or vegetables to make eyes and a nose. Like you would with a regular snowman.
  • Mix the food coloring in with some water and fill up a spray bottle to spray your worm with whatever color you want. (or not) A fun winter "Earth Activity"!

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JELL-O IN THE SNOW
Make Jell-O according to directions on package. Pour into clean baby food jars-one for each child. Place containers in large tub and fill the tub with snow. When Jell-O is set--enjoy!

OR...MAKE IGLOO BLOCKS (OUTSIDE POPSICLE STICKS) A fun activity during winter. Have children pick their favorite drink (fruit punch, apple juice, etc) and then pour this into an ice cube tray. Have kids write their name on a popsicle stick and place it in the tray. Put this outside and let it freeze (if it is not cold enough you can put it in the freezer) The children then have an igloo block for snack.

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CREATE A BIRDSEED SNOW ANGEL
This angel is easiest made together. One partner lies down to make a snow angel while the other partner stands by to help the maker get up without messing up the imprint. After the imprint is formed, pour cups of birdseed into the angel, filling the head and body with bands of variously colored seed. For a finishing touch, add pine boughs for the angel's spreading wings.

Extension Science Idea:
Watch this spot daily and record your observations in a journal. The journal can be made with paper and a construction paper cover. At the same time every day, write down what the weather is like, including temperature, how the sky looks, if it is snowy or sunny and what animals you see, and how they look to you. Are they feeding? This can be a fun spectator activity!

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SNOWMAN BUILDING RACE  (A game-but primarily building a snowman!)
Here's how you play.
1. Pick 2 teams. The 2 teams make a snowman bottom.
2. Someone yells GO!
3. The 2 teams start to finish the rest of the snowman---The body, hat, nose, etc.
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ICE MAN
Fill three balloons with water
(one big, one medium, and one small). Let freeze overnight. Peel the balloon off and stack the balls (use salt between to help them melt and stick together. Have kids clothe him, put a carrot nose, stick arms, etc. 

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SNOW TREASURE  HUNT
Hide a chest full of 'fun' in the snow
, then watch kids track it down clue by clue. 
Need:
Cooler
Treats
Magazines (optional)
Paper
Markers
Plastic bags

  • Pack a cooler full of treats and then hide the "treasure chest."
  • Create a series of clues leading to the chest. Use either pictures from magazines or create your own with markers and paper.
  • Place each clue in a plastic bag and hide it in the snow.
  • Begin the hunt by handing the players their first clue.

VARIATIONS:
For more sophisticated players, give them their clues in riddles or use rebuses.
TIPS:
Look around the yard for good clue hiding places and plot them on paper. Then create the picture clues for each spot and hide them in order (keep the master list just in case a clue gets lost).
Source: familyfun.go.com

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FREEZE BUBBLES!

Tips:
This is a good science lesson...

  • When the temperature dips below the freezing point, many changes occur in our environment: water turns to ice, and rain turns to snow. The bubble activity demonstrates this.
  • It's a good idea to first chill the containers of bubble solution in the refrigerator; outside it has to be below freezing temp.
  • Have children observe the bubbles closely as they blow. They will notice ice crystals forming on the surface of the bubbles.
  • What happens when the bubbles pop? They shatter.
  • If the outside weather is below 32 degrees, you can make bubbles outdoors. Blow a bubble and catch it on the wand. Wait and watch as it freezes. It will turn into a crystal ball and then shatter like glass; you'll see ice crystals form. You'll also notice the vibrant colors!

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SNOW SQUIRT ART

Give children squirt bottles filled with colored water and let them color the snow. Consider also using dish detergent bottles, filled with water and food coloring; they work more easiely with mittens on. (Having done this with children, using small squirt bottles is difficult for kids to press. If using 'squirt' bottles---use those with larger nozzles)  TIP: Get a supply of old-used mittens as to not soil childrens' gloves.  Image of 'Colored Snow AND Winter Bubbles' by KidActivities

 

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Create a SNOWY SELF PORTRAIT that doubles as a tasty treat for animals who might stop by to admire and sample your work.
Materials:
Birdseed (such as sunflower seeds and cracked corn)
Fruits and vegetables (like apples, kale and carrots)
Food coloring
Pump bottles

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Start by prepping your art materials; fill the pump bottles with different hues of food-color-tinted water and cut up various fruits and vegetables. Then take the materials outside.
2. Next, start your masterpiece by lying back in the snow to make a body print. Gently rock your body to pack the print, then carefully get up (you may need a friend's help).
3. Create a portrait by filling in the shape with the seeds and vegetable pieces and adding details with the colored water.

Tips:
Younger kids may find it easier to work with fewer materials and to use cups or small pitchers (instead of their hands) to pour lines of seed. Remember to have the artists sign their initials somewhere, too! Source: familyfun.go.com

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ICE BLOCK DESIGNS

Younger children can observe how salt melts ice while creating colorful designs in large blocks of ice.
Need: Large blocks of ice, Coarse salt, Food coloring, Eye droppers
This is science, art, and outside winter play!

 

 

  • Freeze water in empty one gallon milk containers. Remove the cardboard when water is frozen.
  • Place ice blocks on trays covered with several layers of newspaper.
  • Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the ice blocks.
  • Drip various colors of food coloring on top of the ice block--tunnels of color are created as the salt melts through the ice block.
  • Put the colorful ice blocks outside. If cold enough- they should stay frozen for several days.
  • Children can continue to examine the melting process during outdoor play. If possible-(and if they are interested) give kids their own block of ice.
  • If you have a large group do this activity over a few days. Children will enjoy watching the changes that occur as the blocks melt away!(Image by KidActivities.net)

Idea dapted from Marjorie E. in KinderArt.com NOTE: When salt goes over the side of the ice block-it will quickly melt grooves into the sides. The color will travel down the grooves. KA placed the ice block in a tin pie pan with lots of paper to soak up excess colored water. The ice stayed solid (outdoors) for about a week. (It melted when we had a freakish 65 degree Michigan winter day in January!)

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WINTER SUN CATCHER

(For Preschool and up) 
 
Materials: 
Ribbon or yarn (at least 12 inches long)
Water
Aluminum pie plate, or other metal dish
Food coloring or crayon shavings
Flower petals, berries, leaves, or other materials

 

  • Make a loop with the ribbon and place it in the pie plate. Leave at least 5 inches of the looped end hanging over the edge. Fill the plate with water.
  • If you'd like your sun catcher to be colored, add a few drops of food coloring to the water and mix it around.
  • Add the crayon shavings, berries, or other materials for your sun catcher to the water.
  • Let the materials fall into place, or arrange them in a design. (Keep in mind that the materials may move around on their own.)
  • Put the plate in the freezer, or if it's cold enough, leave it outside to freeze.
  • Let the plate sit for at least one day. If it's outside, you may need to let it sit longer.
  • When the water is completely frozen, carefully remove the ice from the tin. (Mine popped out easily)

Hang the sun catcher outside from a tree or windowsill for friends and neighbors to admire. You can also try using cupcake tins and shorter ribbon (6 inches)to make several small sun catchers.
Source: fun.familyeducation.com

Note: I made the above samples as an example. The one with berries is made without 'food coloring or crayon shavings'. Next time I would add the color and spread out the materials. The other image is made the same way but with 'paper snowflakes' placed in it. Barb

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VIEWING SNOWFLAKES
What you'll need:
Viewing platform: black velvet, dark cloth, or black construction paper
Magnifying glass

  • Snowflakes are delicate creatures and their fine crystalline shape can vanish at the touch of warmth.
  • You'll need to freeze your viewing surface (keep it in the fridge or outside in a cold dry area).
  • If the snow is falling, just hold your platform aloft to catch a few flakes and view with your magnifying glass.
  • You may need to wear a scarf over the mouth and nose to avoid melting the flakes with a warm breath.
    Source: fun.familyeducation.com

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CATCHING SNOWFLAKES
Place a black sheet of paper into a freezer until cold. Take outdoors and use a magnifying glass to view snowflakes that land on the paper. 

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TRY MAKING YOUR OWN ICICLE!

Puncture a VERY SMALL hole into a hanging container, fill it with water and then leave it slowly dripping over-night. The next day you should have your own icicle.

 

 

 

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SNOW SHOES See if you can pick some up for a good deal-or rent them for a day. The kids will have a ball walking on the snow without them--and then walking with them. Fun to watch and fun to do!

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OLD MARKERS DRYING OUT?
Take them outside and color the snow!

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THINK ABOUT AN OUTSIDE WINTER PICNIC!
Consider this for one of those all day or half day programs.

  • You need a clear winter day.
  • Children provide packed lunches-- a hot one if they have an insulated bag. Program can provide warm drinks in thermoses.
  • Pre-choose your picnic site. Be sure to bring blanket to sit on!
  • When you arrive, first play a warming game like leapfrog ... have your warm lunches ...followed by playing more active games! This would be a great time to play relay and planned games!
    Weather not cooperating on the planned day? Do the same but inside!!!

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DON'T FORGET ABOUT~

 • Looking for animal footprints...
 • Making snow angels...
 • Older kids puling the younger on sleds...
 • Taking thermoses of hot chocolate outside...
 • Winter time nature scavenger hunt...
 • Build houses, igloos and forts...
Don't just make snowmen-Make snow-women, animals, animals and super heroes!

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 'MAPLE SYRUP' SNOW CANDY

SNOW CANDY #1 Ingredients:
2 cups of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup water.
Bring water with other ingredients to a rolling boil. (Boil for about 10 minutes)

 

Have children make a smooth place in clean snow - pour the snow candy on it. You can pour in any desired design or pictures. Don't touch until it has cooled.

IF THE SNOW ON THE GROUND BOTHERS YOU ---scoop up some clean snow and place it in a bowl or dish---you can also take the snow inside and make your candy there!

SNOW CANDY #2
If you use real Maple Syrup and boil it the same way, you get an all natural treat that doesn't require any measuring or mixing of ingredients. Fans of Laura Ingall Wilder may remember the author’s vivid descriptions of this candy: It is warm, buttery in flavor, gooey, and delicious when eaten outside while making a snow fort with your daddy.

NOTES: KIdActivities made two versions of the snow candy recipe. The first used an 'off the shelf imitation' maple syrup. The second used a 'pure maple syrup'. Although the imitation maple flavored syrup set up quickly--it began to melt immediately. The true maple syrup had much better results.

When first brought in from the cold--the 'candy is very hard' and difficult to bite. In a minute or two however, it does begin to become watery/melt. Although you can bite on it at this point--it is very chewy and has the consistency/chewiness of taffy. It DOES have a nice taste--but is made more for the fun and novelty than to eat it. One tiny bite is all you need--but it is a fun activity to try with your kids! (Image by KidActivities.net)

 

 

 

 

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FOR THE ANIMALS!

A TREE FOR THE ANIMALS

 

Decorate a tree for the animals in the woods or around your home or program propert. Use fruit, vegetables, nuts and peanut butter on pinecones so the animals will have food to eat when while it's cold.

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WINTER NECKLACE AND ANIMAL FEEDER

You'll need:
Large needle
String or fishing line
Popped corn
Dried fruit; raisins, cranberries, apple and apricot
Pieces of orange peel (optional )

Measure the length of line that you need to fit the necklace over a child's head. Don't forget to leave enough for tying off. Thread the needle and string the popcorn and other items alternately.
Children can wear their necklace for a while and then hang the necklace onto a tree or shrub for the local wildlife.

Tip: The orange peel adds a very pleasant scent. Put a bit of all natural peanut butter on the necklace before placing it outside. The oils and protein are great for the birds!

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OUTDOOOR CREATURE POPCORN WREATH

Cardboard wreaths
Peanut butter
Birdseed
Popcorn

Cut wreath shapes out of cardboard. Give each child a wreath and a plastic knife to spread peanut butter over the wreath shape. Put birdseed over the peanut butter covered wreath. Use spots of peanut butter to "glue" pieces of popcorn onto the wreath in a bow shape. Hang the wreaths outside where they will be seen---good for birds and other outdoor creatures... 

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FEEDER 

Materials: Lard, String, Pine cone, Birdseed
Tie a piece of string around the widest part of the cone.
Mix the lard and seed together, then press the mixture into the branches of the cone.
Use the string to tie the cone up in a tree or bush for the birds to enjoy.

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FEED AND OSERVE WINTER BIRDS

What you need: An empty plastic milk or water bottle, or a milk carton, scissors, string, bird seed

(1) Wash the bottle or carton and rinse it well. Cut several small (2-3") holes in the sides, about 2" from the bottom. Cut or poke two small holes near the top and thread a long piece of string through them.
 
(2) Fill the bird feeder with seeds and hang from a tree or shrub. Scattering some seeds on the ground can help the birds find the feeder. Watch the birds. Be patient. Try different types of seeds and different locations. Record your observations.

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HAVE FUN WITH ALL THE WINTER PAGES!

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