Fast and Easy Extension Activities for Sticks Across the Chimney: A Story of Denmark by Nora Burglon
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- I thought this “painted figures” kit from Amazon ($15.00, affiliate link) would be fun to add. They could do it the entire time the book is scheduled, and there’s plenty for more than one child. Otherwise, make your own if you already have the crafts and supplies. These are not the kind in the story, but they are still fun to make
- Ask around at local paint, hardware, and home improvement stores for wallpaper books. They will provide even more craft ideas for the creative child.
- Enjoy some Kanelsnagle Danish Cinnamon Buns
- Have your children come up with their own version of the stone game. The laundry game, the feeding the animals game, the weeding the garden game, or even the toys game, or whatever they find. Divide into teams (even if one team is just you and the other your child) and have a contest.
- I believe the children in the book are using water to make the colors of the wallpaper book into a sort of paint by reconstituting the painted pages with water. If anyone knows differently, let me know. You can have your child paint in a coloring book or any other type of fun painting they might wish to do.
- A fun book that used to be included in Sonlight was Sticks Across the Chimney, a lovely book about children trying to get the storks to build nests in their village. It would tie in very well here.
- Watch videos of storks caught on the Stork Cam, including live video
- Video of Christian the Builder (Christian IV) and some of his buildings, including his palace (3 minutes)
- Short video of storks nesting on a chimney. (1 minute) Suggested by Shelley C. Some other videos on this channel show storks doing other fun tasks.
- The children in the book made a meal. While it’s not specified just how they made it or what they made, I’ve looked up some recipes from Denmark to try.
- Danish bread recipes
- Coffee “Bread” cake
- Fish and vegetables (doesn’t really say what kind)
- A gem of a book I found, called The Yellow Star, about Denmark is about King Christian X (not King Christian IV mentioned in the book, but a descendant, and a lovely might-be-true story of his resistance to Nazi power during WWII.
- Seven Jumps Danish Folk Dance
- A Variation on Seven Jumps
- King Knut/Cnut (4 minutes)
- I would have loved to include a link to the book Bibi: A Little Danish Girl, and you can find scarce copies available online, but for the most part, this book has been out of print for a long time. From what I’ve seen, the book is over 350 pages and has at least six sequels. 😉 Sadly, you can inform your children that Bibi did go out of print. Perhaps your child would also like to copy down a favorite book as protection against it someday going out of print, although so much is still available digitally these days.
- Compare and contrast vegetable flavors: Canned, frozen, fresh.
- More info about the Nisse. Warning: At the end (1:55), they mention that the Nisse can harm or kill animals or men.
- “Apple skiver” recipe
- Field Trip Idea: Blueberry Picking
- Look through today’s Royal Copenhagen China Fabrique pottery.
- Grossology-cartoon about swamp gas (warning: they think it’s a UFO quite a bit, until science proves them wrong, warning 2, the language and actions might be slightly intense for some families (“in your face,” getting in people’s faces, etc.). It also talks about conservation and other “green” concepts.
- Viking Runes (5 minutes)
- I can’t find a good tour of a Viking burial mound, so here is a peak inside an ancient burial mound in Ireland.
- Field Trip Idea: Museum with Viking exhibit in your area
- Tour of Vikingaliv Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. (Warning: some of the art might be disturbing for sensitive viewers). (4.5 minutes)
- Viking Shield craft
- Using clay or play-doh, make your own Viking-Themed clay crafts to enjoy
- Field Trip Idea: Pottery shop where children can make clay and see a kiln
Other books by the same author include The Gate Swings In: A Story of Sweden. Besides these two, most of her other books are out of print.