Book: The Christmas Hat by A.J. Wood and illustrated by Maggie Kneen
Activity: White Chocolate & Peppermint Spoons
A little white owl is hard to see in the snowy winter time so his mother makes him a bright red hat to wear. Now he's easy to find in the snow, and the fox thinks so too! Beautiful illustrations and embossed pages make this book especially pretty and the plot is humorous and charming; there will be smiles all around after reading this story.
This book is a great jumping off place to discuss how animals use camouflage to protect themselves. Click here for arctic animals printouts and here for animals all around the world and how they use camouflage.
•white chocolate candy melts or white chocolate chips
•candy canes or peppermints
•for packaging: cellophane bags and ribbon
Step 1: lay out wax paper
Step 2: put peppermint candy in a baggy and crush with the back of a spoon or rolling pin - nice little sprinkling size, not dust - then put in a dish for using later
Step 3: melt chocolate according to directions on the packaging
Step 4: dip spoons into melted chocolate being sure to fill the bowl of the spoon; place on wax paper
Step 6: place spoons in refrigerator until hard
Step 7: use clear cellophane bags to wrap the spoons and tie with a ribbon
Step 8: to use, heat 6 - 8 ozs. of milk in a mug then stir with your chocolate spoon until all the chocolate is melted
Step 9: Enjoy!