Winter Solstice

Luminaries by Fran W.
Did you know…

The winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year and marks the first day of winter!



Activity: Make a luminary


Help light your way during the longest night of the year!


You will need...


  • A clean plastic milk or water jug any size – see through works best
  • Serrated kitchen knife - parental supervision suggested
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Rice or sand (for use with a tealight with a flame)
  • A tealight candle flame-lit or battery powered, or a glow stick


Optional items: Foam stickers with a winter or Christmas theme, stencils, paper punches


What to do...

Spark of the Day: Santa's Reindeer

Hand and foot reindeer with lights by Fran W.
Santa is looking for a reindeer to help pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve! You can help by creating a reindeer for Santa's famous Christmas Eve journey!  

To make the reindeer above, you will need:


Your hand, construction paper, a shoe, markers or crayons, scissors, glue, pom-pom, and googly eyes

Optional reindeer making items: Glitter, paper punches, stencils, bathroom tissue tube, paper bag, craft sticks, clothes pins, milk carton, paper plate, paper, paint and paint brushes, etc.

For more reindeer making ideas, please visit Artists Helping Children

How to make the reindeer in the picture above: