The past two weeks have been full of winter stories: stories we've read together around the fire and stories we've told together as we explored the winter forest and played in the ice and snow, acting out the roles of different animals and even following their tracks. We also talked about how the solstice is the "shortest day and longest night" of the year.
Some of our favorite read-alouds were Rainbow Crow (a Lenape legend), The Trouble with Trolls, Extra Yarn and Charlie Needs a Cloak.
We also enjoyed making apple cinnamon playdough creations and decorating mini "yule trees" for the Winter Solstice with yarn, beads and geode crystals. The kids enjoyed helping saw the base pieces with the bow saw we've been practicing with lately.