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Winter

Give a heart to the birds

It is a traditional belief or story that on Valentine’s Day the birds find their mates. They have to hook up early in the year to make sure the children will be strong before the fall arrives.

What better Valentine gift can we give our bird friends than to give them some extra energy this winter? Make some suet cakes for your birds. You will attract western bluebirds, chickadees, jays, towhees, warblers, woodpeckers and more to your backyard.

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Ice art

By Andrea LeDuc
Its a freezing cold day with warnings that children should only be outside for 10 -30 minutes.  What to do?  Make some ice art!!  The kids and I went thru the recycling bin looking for juice boxes and other fun containers.  What kid doesn't love pouring water into containers and dropping food colouring?  Be careful when filling up balloons.  I forgot to add the food colouring first and had a splash of blue all over my kitchen. It also turns out that a 3 year old can add an awful lot of colouring in the blink of an eye LOL. 

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Make snow savvy kids

One thing that connects indigenous peoples of all the Nordic countries of the world is that they have so many words for different kinds of snow. I was wondering today if the Inuit have different words for snow because of all the different things they can do with snow? I think we have a lot to learn from these cultures.

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Make a snow fort

Do you have a snow fort memory from your childhood? I do…

One of my fondest childhood snow forts was in rural Norway. My father took the day off on a snow day and helped us build a snow fort. Or, maybe it was more like a snow hut? He made it with a roof of pine boughs and I remember we could stand up in it and it became “the” hang out place for the neighborhood kids.

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Outdoor Artists

The Inuit have several different words for snow each denoting what sort of snow it is.  On Monday afternoon we got "tlamo - snow that falls in large wet flakes".  Monday night was perfect for sledding and building snow people and animals.  After the heat of Tuesday it turned into "kripya - snow that has melted and refrozen".  No longer great as a building material it was going to be a perfect canvas for some snow art.

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