Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Around the World: Iceland

I have to admit when I was first creating this unit Iceland was nowhere on my radar.  But, then one of my readers kindly suggested it to me, and gave me this wonderful link.  It has all sorts of wonderfully useful information.

So, for this one I had a lot of different things, and we had a lot of fun doing the different activities. (Click on the picture to go to the printable)

Yes, that is my extremely messy table protector.

On the cover are the words Iceland and God Jul (Merry Christmas) which the kids traced.  Then there are the Iceland Christmas trees, which are decorated much like the German Christmas traditions with fruit and candles.  When you unfold the trees the kids have drawn what they want for Christmas inside.  Not too surprisingly Batman wants Iron Man stuff, Superman wants Clone Wars stuff, and Princess wants ponies.

We made Christmas Cats, and the kids were very amused by what you have to do to escape the cat (that’s one of the pages inside the lapbook).  I particularly loved that Batman drew a naked person on one side with marker and then on the other side drew the clothes on top of him.

I included a copy of one of the more popular poems about Christmas Cat (or Yule Cat), and the kids thought it was fascinating.

We made some leaf bread, which the girls in the family loved and thought was kind of like donuts, and the boys in the family rolled their eyes at it.

And finally we acted out the story of the Elves and the Shoemakers with our Yule Lad Puppets and some of the Germany puppets, which the kids found amusing.  They were absolutely enthralled by the puppet story, and I really need to do this more often.
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