Friday, December 7, 2012
Our study of Iceland started with the usual map, flag, and library books. Then we had some Icelandic Christmas fun.
There is a tradition of 13 elves that make mischief at Christmastime. Larkin thought the names were so funny that he had to write them all down to keep. There's also a traditional elf greeting.
The kids made elves out of pine cones, twigs, and leaves.
Larkin named his Sausage Snatcher.
We made rice pudding with an almond hidden inside. Zahana found the almond in her bowl and made a wish. She wished for ice cream in a cone.
If you're a good kid in Iceland, you get to leave a shoe in the window. The elves will come by and leave you a gift. If you're bad, you have to put a potato in the window instead. The kids all thought they had been good enough to put a shoe in the window. In the morning, they each found an ice cream cone wrapped up in their shoe and ice cream in the freezer.
We also watched a video of the northern lights in Iceland and listened to traditional Icelandic music.