"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Friday, December 2, 2016

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

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We stayed in the arctic long enough to create  beautiful northern lights like in our book, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?  We made northern lights with flashlights covered with colored cellophane. 
We shined the colors on the ceiling as we sang to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star":
Twinkle, twinkle northern lights.
Shining in the arctic night.
Up above the world so high.
Awesome colors in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle northern lights.
Shining in the arctic night. 
For lunch, we had sausages and porridge just like the meal Kyri and her father shared with the boy from Finmark and his ice bear, for their Christmas Eve celebration. We "dressed up" our porridge with blueberries, bananas, brown sugar and honey. We kept our fingers crossed that the ornery trolls
wouldn't come and eat all of our food! We kept listening for the loud knockity, knock, knockity, knock on the door!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Three Snow Bears

Brrr... It's cold outside. 
It's time to stay inside where it's nice and warm. 
It's time to hibernate. 
But wait! What about the animals that stay outside all winter long like in our book, 
The Three Snow Bears
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It's the arctic rendition of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". Animal friends like the polar bears, walruses and seals spend the winter in the cold snow and ice and swimming in the frigid, arctic waters. 
We played in icy, cold water to see how it is for these animals 
and then we did a science experiment to show how they stay warm. We placed our hands in a bucket of icy water. Brrrr. It was freezing. We couldn't keep our hand in very long. Then we placed our hand in a "blubber mitt" (a baggie filled with fat) and put it back in the cold water. It was nice and warm. Arctic animals have heavy fur coats and blubber to keep them warm so that they can play in the snow all winter long.

Pretending we were polar bears, we crawled on all fours through an obstacle course.  We went over, under and around obstacles as we followed the polar bear footprints. 
We had such a great day in the arctic. We're going to stick around for a couple of days.