It’s the time of year we often think of reindeer, but how much do we really know about these animals?
Reindeer (their Latin name is Rangifer tarandus) live in areas far north. In North America they are called caribou. They are well adapted to living in cold, harsh climates having a thick coat which is woolly and warm underneath and with hairs above that trap a layer of insulating air. They have large flat hooves which are good for walking on snow, but equally good at walking on soft ground.
Reindeer have big antlers which grow new each year. The males have the biggest antlers while the females have smaller simpler ones.
Reindeer like to stick together and so live in herds. They often migrate over large distances, moving south as areas get colder during the winter; and North again when spring arrives.
For more information about reindeer check out:
National Geographic Kids
For crafts and pictures:
Here are some reindeer crafts
Reindeer colouring sheet or click here for a realistic picture to colour
Cool reindeer paper-chain
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and fun filled festive season
Coming up to Christmas I have been thinking of all the animals associated with this festive season. Robins, with their red breasts, feature on many of our Christmas cards. Here in Ireland, we often say that robins are Santa Claus’s little messengers, keeping an eye out for good and bad behaviour from the children at this time of year!
Then of course there are the all important reindeer. Where would Santa Claus be without his faithful sleigh pullers?
Often when we see the birth of Jesus depicted, the stable where he is born, is always full of animals; sheep, donkey and cows in particular.
Here are some Christmas activities to keep you busy.
Search Google or Pinterst for Reindeer crafts and you will see endless possibilities. But I like this simple Reindeer chocolate bar craft. Great for gift idea.
Or how about a reindeer coloring page.
For a simple donkey craft, great for younger kids, checked out this D is for Donkey activity.
And of course don’t forget the Christmas tree. Here is a link to a simple Christmas tree craft using a paper plate and colourful pompoms though you could use buttons, stickers or other items too.