The weather outside may be frightful, but at least I can bundle up inside with my cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and hot cocoa in hand! These are just a few of the ways I stay warm during the winter, without using my fireplace. It’s important to remember that the reason we don’t burn wood in our fireplace isn’t just to protect the environment, but our health as well. Wood smoke is bad for our health because it contains many of the same chemicals that are in wildfire smoke. It’s like a mini wildfire in our home that pollutes inside our home and outside in our neighborhoods, which can make us sick with illnesses that make us cough or hurt our throats and lungs.
While YOU are staying warm inside this holiday season, put on some festive holiday music,
sit down with your loved ones, and make some easy holiday crafts with items you may already have around the house:
- Print out my coloring pages!
Decorate your refrigerator with pictures of me by downloading my Check Before You Burn coloring pages. Not only are they lots of fun to color, but they have information about wintertime air pollution! Please have an adult help you print some of these awesome pages.
- Popsicle stick snowman
Make a popsicle stick snowman that you can use as an ornament on the tree! All you will need to make this cute craft are:
- Large popsicle sticks
- Duct Tape (white, black, and orange)
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
View step-by-step instructions on how to make this craft.
- Make a tied blanket to stay warm!
Help keep yourself and your family warm on no-burn days! Making no-sew blankets is an easy project for the whole family to do on a cold winter day. Ask an adult to take you to the store and pick out your favorite fleece fabric to start making your very own cozy blanket.
View step-by-step instructions on how to make a tied blanket.
- Snowman pencil holder
Make a fun desk decoration for school using household items! Ask an adult for the items listed below, and you are on your way to creating your snowman pencil holder:
- Tin can with the paper removed
- White printer paper
- Ribbon (the kind you use to wrap presents)
View step-by-step instructions on how to make the snowman pencil holder.
- Paper roll penguin
This penguin is easy to make using empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and construction paper. Have fun creating a fun new friend that you can play with after! Here is everything you need to bring your penguin craft to life:
- Paper roll
- Black paper
- Orange paper
- Wiggle eyes stickers
View step-by-step instructions on how to make a paper roll penguin.
I hope you all have a merry and bright holiday season with your loved ones and wish you a happy New Year! Remember to check back next year to learn more of my tips and tricks for how to keep yourself and your family safe from air pollution.