Each year we celebrate Winter Solstice with the children at the forest school. Our festivals and celebrations always have a touch of magic making them a special experience for the children. Last year during our Winter Solstice celebration we had a surprise visit from Father Winter to our school cabin in Palmer Lake. This year we ran into Tomte — from the Yule Tomte and Little Rabbits story — in the forest.
We also find ways to make the celebrations meaningful, where children are rewarded for kindness and care towards other people or animals.
As children at our school come from families celebrating different winter holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year) we wanted to make sure our forest school’s celebration was inclusive for all. And so we chose to celebrate Winter Solstice as nature’s milestone where we reach the shortest day and longest night. The day that truly marks the beginning of winter.
All of our school festivals always include some beautiful seasonal crafts, family games and a short movie at the end. But we wanted our Winter Solstice celebration to be the most special, full of winter magic and beauty. And so we brought Grandpa Frost into our celebration — the magical character who creates the winter itself and also brings gifts to children 🙂 . Scroll down and enjoy our photo gallery from this memorable day. We are very grateful to our wonderful Tuesday and Thursday teacher and a talented photographer Adrianna Carlson for capturing all these beautiful moments from our celebration of winter and childhood.
We are very excited to have opened our Winter season at the school on December 10th. And we kicked things off with a very special event — a meet and greet with the wolves preceded by a mini-unit on wolves at the school where children learned about this majestic animal. The meet and greet was arranged through Colorado Wolf Adventures — is a licensed business conducting wolf walks at the Garden of the Gods. Their wolf walks are an unforgettable experience and we highly recommend them for educational group activities or special hikes!
After we got to spend about 20-30 minutes of intimate time with these majestic animals (thank you Peggy of Colorado Wolf Adventures ❤️) we headed over to some picnic tables for hot chocolate with cookies and some follow-up learning and craft activities.
Here, in this blog post — Learning About Wolves — you can read about our learning activities, games and crafts that we did as a part of our learning about wolves week with kids ages 3-9 years old.
And now onto the photos from that memorable day with the wolves.