Pass on secret codes that only you and your fellow spy detectives can decipher. This Super Secret Decoder Wheel is SO secret that... We’d tell you more but, it’s a secret! :) A great way to build analytical skills.
Kids 5 and under love to get creative with different painting techniques. Painting with sponges is a simple and fun way to explore basic shapes to paint and cut out.
Looking for a fun craft idea to keep the kiddos busy this holiday season while on holiday recess? This cute little sock snowman might be exactly what you need! Other than being an adorable decoration, it’s also a cool way make use of old socks.
It's the most wonderful time of the year but it wouldn't be complete without Santa in his sleigh.
This adorable Santa Paper Plate Mask craft is a great craft for your child using things you most likely have around your home.
But in the North Pole April brings a lot of fun and festive times for the elves. With holidays that celebrate their love of fun and faith, April has it all.
April Fools Day
Most of the elves here at the North Pole love a good joke, so you can imagine the chaos that could ensue if they all played tricks on one day. But the elves have been around a long time. They have heard many stories of the beginning of this holiday. The origin story of April Fool’s Day was a little mean spirited. It is thought to begin back in the late 1500s! France had switched from the Julian calendar (as in Julius Caesar) to the Gregorian calendar (which was first introduced by Pope Gregory XIII). This made New Year's Day the January 1st day we celebrate today. News did not travel fast in those days, so people that weren’t aware of the calendar change celebrated in the last week of March (since the Julian calendar placed the new year around the Spring Equinox). People would make fun of them and refer to them as April Fools. Thankfully, it is much more playful now. So the elves like to monitor the jokes around the world (Remember, they help determine if you are naughty or nice). Good spirited pranks make them laugh!! Some of the elves like to collect, or write down, their favorite pranks, so they can save them to try later.
Easter is a special time at the North Pole. The elves work so hard to honor Jesus Christ on the day we celebrate his birth as part of their devotion to him. So they take time to rest and reflect on Easter, the time to celebrate His resurrection. Like many other cultures and religions, at Easter time we use eggs to symbolize the promise of a new life. The elves love to paint eggs and hide them around the North Pole. Even in the toy workshop!
St George’s Day
St. George is the Patron Saint of Bulgaria, England, Georgia, Portugal, and Spain and because the elves are citizens of the world, they love to celebrate St. George’s Feast Day! St George was an early Christian warrior and martyr. In the 15th century it is said that St. George’s Day was a huge day of celebration, almost on par with Christmas. Some simple ways the elves honor St. George is to wear blue, his favorite color. Wearing a rose in their lapels is also customary, as it is in the countries that celebrate this day. The elves also like to make a traditional English feast such as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding on this day!
August is a very special time at the North Pole. While the elves enjoy the last full month of summer, as the high temperature can sometimes reach up to 41° F, they also start to prepare for the colder months of Autumn and Winter.
Because the elves of the North Pole consider themselves global citizens, they enjoy celebrating all of the national holidays!
Things are really heating up in the North Pole now! In June, the elves enjoy temperatures that can reach up to 38° F!
Welcome to May in the North Pole. The elves are excited because there is usually a big temperature jump in May.
April showers, bring May flowers… But in the North Pole April brings a lot of fun and festive times for the elves. With holidays that celebrate their love of fun and faith, April has it all.
Right now our favorite elves are decorating for St. Patrick’s Day at the North Pole while also starting their spring cleaning and planting. They are dreaming about shamrocks and the sun!
Let’s take a look at some of the holidays our friends celebrate during the “Month of Love.”