Monthly Archives: December 2017

O’ Tannenbaum

First the Photo:  Where did the tradition of decorating a fresh cut tree come from?  To find on a map: Europe>Germany

Second the Question: Spend some time this year as a family talking about each of your ornaments, where did they come from?  What life event do they symbolize? Do you have any family traditions surrounding how or when you decorate your tree? What do you place at the top of your tree?

holiday scavenger hunt

Third the Next Steps:  A fun way to celebrate your beautiful tree this year is to move the chairs back and break the family into teams..Set a timer and then hand out this Holiday Scavenger Hunt..  Ready! Set! Go! See which team can find all of the things on the list first.  Feel free to customize the list to suit your ornament selection.  Do you have one special ornament that folks can find as extra credit?  Maybe a pickle per chance??  This is a wonderful game that spans the ages and gets folks into the holiday spirit!

Merry Christmas and all of the joys of the season to you and yours!

Snow Cool!

First The Photo:  Giant snowman steals the show! To find him on a map travel to:  North America>United States> Michigan> Frankenmuth

Second The Question:  What is your favorite thing to build in the snow?  Have you ever tried adding color to your creations with a bit of food color and lots of water in a spray bottle? What is the best type of snow to build with?

Third Next Steps: If you don’t have snow close to you or if the snow you have isn’t cooperating with your time to play..Make your own easy indoor snow fun..without the cold or mess.  Just fill a gallon sized ziplock bag with shaving cream and a few drips of food coloring.  Slide the seal to hold it tight and let the fun begin!  Squeeze, mold and roll your way to excitement.  See how the colors create art as they mix with the wonderful white backdrop.  Enjoy!

A wonderful way to begin a conversation about the Seasons of Change is to share the sixth book in our Explore Galore Series as a family.  To order one of your own..follow this http://exploregalorekids.com/merchandise/explore-books/. Or visit the Make it Your Own section of our website.