Friday, July 10, 2020

Ideas for the Seasons: WINTER

Consider how you could explore the classic images of each season, and focus on using all of your senses. It should be a really rich and joyful main lesson!

Brainstorm ideas for the season of WINTER:

  • read My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray and brainstorm images of Winter

  • drink hot chocolate
  • make Chocolate Play Dough (PDF)
  • read Winter, Awake! by Linda Kroll; do wine cork stamped ladybug art

  • read Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling; build forts out of sofa cushions and blankets; snuggle up with lovies and pillows; play board games

  • read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; do Snowy Day artwork with bubble wrap printing

  • read Winter poetry such as "Velvet Shoes" by Elinor Wylie; enjoy sensory play with shaving cream and baking soda snow
  • read Bear Snores On by Jane Chapman; pop popcorn

  • roll beeswax candles

  • read Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven or The Unbeatable Bread by Lynn Littlefield Hoopes; bake bread

  • read The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins; make ink blot penguin art; watch March of the Penguins
  • read Arctic Dreams by Carole Gerber; make Aurora Borealis artwork using chalk pastels or watercolor pencils

  • do tack punch Constellation Cards
  • make Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm... MMMMMM

    This is expensive if you're making it for the first time, but after that you can churn out batches of lip balm with very little expense. And I really like the cute little 1/4 oz. lip balm tins ! We simply write our names on the bottom with a Sharpie but you could always decoupage art onto them to personalize.

    The recipe calls for

    BEE SAFE and melt in a double boiler! Combine and melt the first four recipe ingredients over simmering water, then remove from the heat and stir in the last two ingredients. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. Allow to cool completely before placing the lids on the containers.

  • read Too Many Mittens by Florence and Louis Slobodkin; knit a cozy hat, mittens, or a scarf (a simple mitten pattern is in Making the Children's Year)

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