Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Welcome Winter

The weather feels like -26 today, this prompted me to write about the true warmth of winter... 

During the winter my little guy is especially active. It may have something to do with the shorter days.  We have a predictable rhythm and focus on warmth.

Our mornings start with a pot of herbal tea. A big red one, recently picked up on sale. We prefer literally only a few drops of honey.  Sweets even if from natural sources cause my boy to be especially spirited first thing in the morning.

Our play is centered around the winter season. 

My boy covered head to toe in his snowsuit, jacket, wool scarf, wool mittens, and wool hat ready to play outdoors. Running around working up a sweat.

Indoor my little guy plays with props and felt to create a winter display. Using knitted animals, wooden peg dolls,  acorns and pine cones- you can create magical winter play.

We observe and create stories whilst looking at picture books about winter. No written words needed. Just a vivid imagination. 

We make snowflakes, crooked and unsymmetrical-a work of art for a three year old. A lovely tutorial available on Bumbles & Light blog.

On days when the snow is pouring down flake by flake, we peak out our windows and watch it spread over the ground like a big white sheet.

On focusing around the warmth, we made our own beeswax-dipped candles. Although being the softhearted Mother I am, I could not bring myself to actually light them and see them melt.  Soon enough I will let them go and use them for their purpose!

Boiling a pot of vegetable soup. Keeps our bodies warm on these cold winter days.

Knitted and wool slippers keep our toes warm.

Our living room literally covered with soft fuzzy blankets all over.

Mama brings out her yarn and knits away. Baba keeps us warm with his big bear hugs. Zakariya reminds us what winter meant to us when we were kids.

Winter is like a cozy and warm dream for our little ones.  Do not try and wake them up, instead let them make memories in the snow so they can share it with their children. 

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