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Winter Books and Winter Hats!
December 17, 2018 • By Michelle Ioannou

Winter is here! For many areas, this new season means chillier temperatures and lots of layers. Talk with your children about how we stay warm when it gets cold – ask them what their favorite winter clothing is, and what type of winter weather they like best.

Here are some great books to read together about how people and animals keep warm when the cold arrives! After reading, you can all make your very own winter hats (even if you live some place warm)!





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Winter Hats


You will need:

  • Hat template or plain white construction or other paper/pencil
  • Crayons, watercolors, markers, colored pencils, and/or stickers
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors



    1. To begin, print out a hat template or using construction paper draw the outline of a hat in pencil (print or draw as many as you would like).
    2. Everyone can color/paint/sticker their own hats in their own favorite colors and designs.
    3. After the hats have been colored, cut them out.
    4. Put glue on the top and bottom of the hat and stick on cotton balls.
    5. Now you have your very own winter hats. As a cute decoration, you can hang each hat on a string, or attach them all on one string as a garland.


    This activity was adapted from Easy Peasy and Fun

December Children’s Books
December 3, 2018 • By Michelle Ioannou

The winter holiday season is upon us! While we may celebrate different holidays or no winter holidays, there are many common themes across this winter season and many wonderful cross-cultural stories to share – snow (whether it snows where you live or you only see it on television) and snowmen, twinkling lights, the love of family, baking and cooking special treats, and the warmth of hot chocolate on a cold day.

Spend time talking with your children about all of the things that people have in common at this time of year, even if they are not celebrating the same things. Then read these great books together, celebrating December and the start of the winter season!

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer

The story introduces children to the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. People long ago were afraid of the solstice because of the short hours of daylight and the long hours of darkness. The book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been marked by people throughout history and across cultures – many current holiday traditions come from celebrations of the solstice from centuries ago!


Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations around the World by Heather Conrad

Through illustrations, this book shares the different winter celebrations that occur around the world. It explores the Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and many other festivities. This book is a great way to introduce new holidays and cultures to your children!


Winter: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

Using the alphabet, illustrations, and poetry this book describes the wonders and joys of the winter season. From sledding on fresh snow to animals nestled in underground burrows to the sweet smell of baked goods, this book is a wonderful way to start the winter holiday season.


The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino

Learn with your children how snow is made! From how snow develops to how snowflakes take shape, this book has lots of information about children’s favorite winter experience.