Chill with the kids and put the holiday hustle on ice with these cool winter facts plus an easy activity.
- December 21 marks the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s called winter solstice because it’s the day when the sun sits closest to the horizon, meaning we see the shortest amount of daylight all year. Beginning on December 22, days begin to lengthen until they reach their peak around June 21, summer solstice.
- The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.”
- In some parts of the world, temperatures drop during winter. Rain may freeze and become ice, snow, sleet, or icicles. Plants become dormant, and some animals hibernate. The only plants that grow and remain green are evergreens.
- People enjoy a variety of outdoor sports in winter, including skiing, skating, and sledding. Do you have a favorite winter activity?
Make it! Fuzzy Yarn Sheep
Follow the instructions here to make your own warm and fuzzy sheep for your manger, Christmas tree, winter scene, or windowsill.