Alphabet Activities

We will start with the alphabet in English with a Swedish translation and if you scroll down you will find the Swedish alphabet with translations in English. There are lots of crafts, videos and activities for the different letter. Have fun!

A is for Apple
A is for Apple! In Swedish, the word apple is äpple. It is pronounced epp-leh. Apples are grown in most countries around the world. You can find apple trees in Sweden everywhere from orchards to backyards to out in the wild. Use the link below to have fun being creative with with apples!

Here are two websites with apple themed activities for children:
Hubpages
The inspired home

Apple recipes that are easy to make with children:
Mommy Poppins

 

 

B is for Bee!
In Swedish, the word bee is bi. It is pronounced the same in Swedish and English. Did you know there are over 250 species of bees in Sweden? About 30 of those are bumblebees. The sad news is that more than one third of the bee population is declining. The bees are running out of places to live due to urbanization. Urbanization is when rural areas turn into more populated places like cities. We need bees because they are our most important pollinators. Without them, our food supply would be in trouble. To help this, a popular fast food chain, McDonald’s, is using some of their billboards as bee hotels in Sweden! Little holes are punched throughout the billboard and there are bee houses behind the sign. This is giving the bees new places to live and will hopefully help them increase their population. Below there are some activities relating to bees.

This first craft uses recycled egg cartons to create an adorable bee (via Crafty Morning)

This second craft also uses recycled materials- cereal boxes or TP tubes (via KIX)

Try out this recipe for Swedish Honey Cookies!

 

C is for Cat!
In Swedish, the word cat is katt. It is pronounced kaht. About 20% of households in Sweden include a cat as a pet. Did you know that there are wild cats in Sweden too? The largest wild cat in Sweden is called a lynx. A lynx can grow to be about 3 feet long and has strong legs allowing it to jump far and climb high into trees. They are carnivores who hunt for food mostly at dawn and dusk. Reindeer is their main prey.

Below there are some activities relating to cats.

This first craft uses just paper (along with some art supplies if you’d like to make it fancy) to make the cutest origami cat! (via pink stripey socks) Click here for craft.

This second craft uses part of you! Your handprint! Trace or paint your hand to create an adorable cat craft. (via kids activities blog) Click here for craft.

Did you know that there are Swedish books all about a man and his cat? Sven Nordqvist wrote a fun series all about them! Pettson (the man) and Findus (the cat) live in a small farmhouse in the countryside in Sweden. They have lots of silly adventures together! Check here for more information about these books!

 

D is for Duck!
In Swedish, the word for duck is anka. It is pronounced ahn-kah. There are many kinds of ducks that live in Sweden. There is even a species of duck called the Swedish Duck! The breed was developed in the coastal areas of Germany, Belgium and Holland. At the time they were introduced, that area was under the Swedish throne. Swedish Ducks come in a variety of colors. They are related to mallards, but are closer to the size of a goose. Sadly, Swedish Ducks are on the endangered species list. Another popular duck in Sweden is Donald Duck, or Kalle Anka! Every Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. millions of Swedes tune in to see the Christmas special featuring Kalle Anka and his friends. This tradition has been going strong since 1959.

Below there are some activities relating to ducks.

Make some adorable duck finger puppets! (via i heart crafty things blog)

This second craft uses paper plates and tissue paper to create a cute duck face! (via glued to my crafts blog)

 

E is for Elephant!
In Swedish, the word for elephant is elefant. It is pronounced el-eh-fahnt. There are not any elephants living in the wild in Sweden. Many zoos are also moving elephants out- they don’t do as well in a zoo setting. Instead they are often being placed in large parks where scientists and experts can recreate their natural habitats. Below are some links to facts about elephants and also some activities!

National Geographic for Kids is a great place to look for facts about elephants.

This is an amazing craft that turns a gallon milk jug into an elephant! It also connects to the book, Elmar the Elephant by David McKee (via krokotak).

This craft uses a paper plate to make a rocking elephant! (via the joy of sharing).

 

F is for Flower!
In Swedish, the word for flower is blomma. It is pronounced blue-mah. Linnea Borealis (named after Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, who invented the standardized system of naming organisms) is the national flower of Sweden. Each province also has its own flower. You can see those here. Sweden is well known for its variety of plants and flowers grown all around the country-both in the cities and countryside.  Below are some links to help you explore more about flowers!

Here is a great page to learn more about Carl Linnaeus.

Carl Linnaeus was also knowing for his detailed illustrations of flowers. This site provides an art lesson on drawing what your observe. (via half a hundred acre wood blog).

This craft uses egg cartons to create a beautiful bouquet. (via kitchen counter chronicles).

 

G is for Goat!
In Swedish, the word for goat is get. It is pronounced yet. While goats aren’t very common farm animals in Sweden (sheep and cows are found more often), there is one very famous goat in Sweden: The Gävle Goat! This is not an actual animal, but a large scale figure made of a frame and straw. It is built new each year and some years it reaches nearly 50 feet! It is based off of the traditional Swedish Christmas goat, or julbocken (yool-bock-en) and has been built in the town of Gävle each Christmas season since 1966. Unfortunately, it has been destroyed by people most years, usually by fire. The last time it was destroyed was 2016. Security has been improved the last few years and the goat has survived! Below are some links to help you explore more about goats.

Here is more on the Gävle goat.

Here is a STEAM activity based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff (via A Little Pinch of Perfect).

This craft uses a paper plate to make a goat craft that can also be turned into a mask! (via DLTK).

 

H is for Heart!
In Swedish, the word for heart is hjärta. It is pronounced hyart-ah. A heart is a common motif in Scandinavian arts and crafts. You can often find hearts on quilts, in knitted items, in paintings, carved into wood, and many more places! Hearts are used in decorations throughout the home. Christmas is a time where many Swedes will feature heart shaped ornaments on their trees. Hearts feel cozy and sweet and bring feelings of love. You may have seen people putting teddy bears in their windows during the quarantine. Hearts are another popular way people can show love to their neighbors.

This activity uses odds and ends you may have around the house (like fabric, paper scraps, etc.) to create a collage heart! (via Make It Your Own).

This second activity shows you how to make the popular heart basket. You can make it out of paper or even felt! These are easy to follow instructions, however there are also many YouTube videos out there as well! Once you get the hang of how the weaving works, you can even find more difficult patterns and templates. (via Mama Pea Pod).

 

I is for ice!
In Swedish, the word for ice is Is. It is pronounced ees. Sweden is pretty famous for winter activities like skiing and skating. There is so much to do outdoors in Sweden all year long! Did you know that there is a hotel in Sweden made out of ice? There are a few other places with ice hotels but Sweden’s is the oldest. It is rebuilt every year. Click on this link for some more information about Sweden’s Ice Hotel. Below are some activities you can do at home!

This super fun (and maybe messy!) activity uses food coloring and water to create ice paint! Creativity will be through the roof! (via powerful mothering).

This is a science experiment to make fizzy ice! (via toddler approved).

 

J is for jellyfish!
In Swedish, the word for jellyfish is manet. It is pronounced mah-neet. If you ever go swimming or boating in Sweden, you may encounter different kinds of jellyfish! Did you know that Sweden has had some news worthy jellyfish stories? In 2013, Moon Jellyfish swarmed Sweden’s Nuclear Reactor and clogged the pipes! In 2018 Lion’s Mane Jellyfish were seen on Sweden’s West Coast for the first time in 88 years.

Jellyfish Facts:

  • When jellyfish swarm suddenly, it is called a bloom.
  • A group of jellyfish is called a smack.
  • Jellyfish numbers are booming leading to an unbalanced ecosystem.
  • The rise in numbers is partly due to over fishing of the natural predators of jellyfish. Another reason is because the temperature of the oceans are rising which makes it easier for jellyfish to reproduce.
  • Jellyfish have no brains.
  • Some jellyfish can be the size of a pinhead, others can be the size of a human.

Creating with coffee filters is so fun! Using markers leads to a lovely tie dye effect (via Happy Hooligans).

Check out National Geographic for kids and view photos, videos and read more about theses amazing creatures!

 

K is for Kite!
In Swedish, the word for kite is drake. It is pronounced drah-keh. People fly kites all over the world. It is a fun way to get outdoors to enjoy nature. Sailing a kite high in the sky is a thrilling experience! In Sweden, people fly kites on land…and in the sea! Kite surfing is a sport where people use special surfboards and hold onto special kites while in the water. The wind pulls them along and sometimes at high speeds!

This site gives more information and some great kite surfing photos.

Making kites can be a bit tricky, but this craft is a breeze! All you need is a paper bag, some string, decorating materials and a windy day! (via I Can Teach My Child blog).

 

L is for Lion!
In Swedish, the word for lion is lejon. It is pronounced lay-on. People might not think that Sweden is a place where you’d find many lions. However, you might be surprised to find out that they are all over downtown Stockholm! During the 1990s, artist Anders Arfelt created barricades to protect the sidewalks of Gotland. Wanting to avoid just having large cement blocks, Arfelt made them in shape of a sheep. In 1995, Stockholm asked Arfelt to create barricades for this city in the shape of lions! There are also lion sculptures throughout the city in other areas like the Parliament and the Royal Palace.

Here is a page full of lion facts.

This craft helps you create a beautiful lion’s mane using a fork! (via crafty morning).

 

M is for Moon!
In Swedish, the word for moon is måne. It is pronounced mohn-eh. There is a huge Swedish-American connection to the moon. Did you know that Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and 2nd person to set foot on the moon (literally right behind Neil Armstrong), is Swedish-American?

Buzz Aldrin Fun Facts:

  • Buzz visited Sweden many times after the moon landing.
  • In 1970, Buzz was chosen as Swedish-American of the year.
  • Buzz was born with the first name Edwin, but legally changed it to Buzz in 1988.
  • Buzz got his name when the younger of his two elder sisters mispronounced “brother” as “buzzer.” This was later shortened to Buzz.
  • Buzz’s mother’s maiden name was Moon.
  • Buzz spent a total of 289 hours and 53 minutes in space throughout his career as an astronaut.
  • Buzz was supposed to be the first man on the moon, but Neil Armstrong’s position in the space capsule made it easier for him to step out first.
  • Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear was inspired by Buzz Aldrin.
  • Buzz has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Buzz holds honorary degrees from six institutions.

STEM Challenge
Buzz Aldrin and other astronauts used a lot of scientific thinking when they were on their missions. They didn’t have a word for it during that first moon landing, but they were using STEM! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is an important part of the curriculum in most schools. STEM is important because it is part of every aspect of our lives!

A few years ago, LEGO partnered with NASA. “We’re going to use the classroom of space, the International Space Station, to inspire the next generation,” said Leland Melvin, associate administrator for NASA Education and a former astronaut. Melvin said the LEGO partnership is crucial for NASA’s education mission because the blocks invite children to think, basically, like engineers. After all, building with the toys means deciding what shape to make, what combination of blocks together make that shape the best and determining what the thing can do when it’s finished. They also come up with designs that will be stronger depending on how the bricks are aligned with each other. Playing with LEGO bricks is a great STEM activity!

Directions: Use your imagination to create something related to the moon, space travel or life in space. Space shuttles, space craft, launch facilities and even space colonies are some ideas to get you started! You are the engineers. Have fun and be creative!

Space Food
Space food isn’t something you can only eat in space; you can also make space food at home! Want to know how to make and eat real space food just like the astronauts do? Here is a recipe to try. Grab your parents and make some delicious space food.

-1 pack instant pudding
-powdered milk
– water
-quart sized zip top bag

Put one tablespoon plus one teaspoon of dried pudding mix into a zip top bag. Add 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of powdered milk to the bag. Pour in just under ½ cup of water. Squish and squeeze the bag until the pudding sets. Cut the corner off of one end of the bag. Eat just like the astronauts, with no utensils!

N is for nest!
In Swedish, the word for nest is fågelbo. It is pronounced foh-gill-boh. There are many birds in Sweden, so of course, there are many nests. However, there is one nest in particular that is truly spectacular. It is a nest so large, you can sleep in it! It is part of a group of rooms called Treehotel, which is located in northern Sweden! Other rooms include a cabin and a UFO. They even have a tree sauna! You can read more about  and see photos of Treehotel’s nest here.

Here is a non-fiction read aloud story all about nests.

Can you make a bird’s nest without using tape or glue? Challenge yourself with this STEAM activity (via kids craft room).

O is for owl!
In Swedish, the word for owl is uggla. It is pronounced ooh-glah. There are at least ten types of owls living in Sweden, and about two hundred species worldwide. Most owls are nocturnal, which means they are awake at night, which is when they hunt. They are able to fly very quietly and have very strong talons which help them catch their prey. They eat mostly insects, small mammals, fish and other birds. The color of their feathers help them camouflage in their habitats which is important since they sleep during the day when other predators are awake. They are also far sighted, which means that they can’t see things well close up. Their eyes are interesting an another way too. They can’t move around like ours can. They can only see straight forward. This means that in order to see all around them, they need to move their heads. Have you ever seen an owl turn its head? They can turn it up to 270 degrees, which is almost completely around!

This short video features 6 types of owls you might find in Sweden: Tawny, Ural, Great Grey, Long Eared, Northern Hawk and Pygmy.

This video is full of great facts and features all the different sounds owls make!

This site offers more information about owls as well as a science experiment where you can discover what it’s like to have owl vision! (via home science tools).

P is for pig!
In Swedish, the word for pig is gris. It is pronounced grees. Pigs can be common decorations in a Swedish household, especially at Christmas time. Pig ornaments decorate Christmas trees and candleholders hold candles. Often you can find pepparkakor (gingerbread) shaped like a pig as well. It’s not only during Christmas that you will find pigs in a Swedish home. Many Swedes have a traditionally painted Dala pig in their collection along with their Dala horse (and maybe their Dala rooster!).

Christmas isn’t the only holiday pigs play a role in. They also come out during Midsommar in a special way. Små grodorna is one of the most popular songs to sing during the holiday. The first verse is all about little frogs, but the second verse features little pigs! You can read the lyrics and watch a video of the song and dance on this link. Pigs have been one of the traditional Scandinavian symbols for a long time!

Check out this page by National Geographic Kids. You can read some fun facts and see a video about a very special pig!

Make a piggy bank out of a water bottle using the instructions here.

Q is for queen!
In Swedish, the word for queen is drottning. It is pronounced drawt-ning. There is a monarchy in Sweden, but the King mostly performs ceremonial duties. The country is run by something called a parliamentary representative democratic constitutional monarchy. Queen Silvia of Sweden (born Silvia Renate Sommerlath Dec. 23, 1943) is the current Queen of Sweden and she is married to the King, Carl XVI Gustaf. She is the mother of Crown Princess Victoria, who will take over the throne when her father dies.

Here are some fun facts about Queen Silvia!

  • She was born in Germany.
  • Her mother was Brazilian and her father was German.
  • Swedish is her sixth language! She also is fluent in German, Portuguese, French, Spanish and English! She also has some fluency in Swedish Sign Language.
  • Dancing Queen by ABBA was introduced to Sweden’s public for the first time during a televised gala honoring the King and his wife to be on the night before their wedding.
  • She has 3 children and 7 grandchildren

Create a queen using a paper plate! Instructions can be found here.

R is for Rainbow!
In Swedish, the word for rainbow is regnbåge. It is pronounced rain-boh-guh. Britannica says, Most rainbows form when the sun’s rays strike raindrops falling from faraway rain clouds. Rainbows appear in the part of the sky opposite the sun, usually in the early morning or late afternoon. Rainbows can form anywhere in the world. Sweden is lucky to be a place to view a different kind of a phenomenon which sometimes produces a rainbow of colors: The Northern Lights!

What are the Northern Lights? The website Visit Sweden describes it well. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a unique natural phenomenon created when electrically charged particles from the sun collide in the Earth’s atmosphere. The variation in color depends on the kind of gas particles involved – low-lying oxygen causes the most common green color, red is produced by oxygen higher in the atmosphere and the blueish purple hue comes from nitrogen. The result is a truly magical sight to behold as the vibrant colors snake across the night sky, dancing around as if moving to some unheard music.

Watch this video to see more about Northern Lights.

This video shows an amazing time lapse.

For crafts, here is one rainbow craft and one northern lights craft!
Rainbow Craft (via easy peasy and fun)- if you don’t have buttons, find other odds and ends!
Northern Lights Craft (via one little project at a time).

S is for Sun! In Swedish, the word for sun is sol. It is pronounced sool. Did you know that Sweden is one of several places on Earth that is called the Land of the Midnight Sun? This means that during parts of the summer month the sun is shining even in the middle of the night! The midnight sun happens in places near the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle during the summer when the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun. This Khan Academy video features a Bison who goes on vacation to visit his Moose friend in Norway! It does a great job of explaining the Midnight Sun phenomenon.

Did you know you can tell time without a clock? Make your own sundial here.

Get outside and get moving! This Sunshine wand will help!

T is for Turtle!
In Swedish, the word for turtle is sköldpadda. It is a bit difficult to pronounce and may sound different to different people. One way someone may say it is hwill-pah-dah. Another way may be shohl-pah-dah. Another way may be shwell- pah-dah. There are many different types of turtles. There are turtles that live in fresh water, in salt water and on land. Turtles also eat all different kinds of food. Some eat meat, some eat veggie and some eat both! This National Geographic Kids video is all about a hospital for injured sea turtles.

This page is full of fun activities like word searches and crossword puzzles all about turtles.

You can make some adorable baby sea turtles out of egg cartons using the instructions here!

U is for Unicorn!
In Swedish, the word for unicorn is enhörning. It is pronounced en-hoor-ning. A Unicorn is a mythical creature that looks like a horse (or sometimes goat) with a horn on its head. Some stories talk about the unicorn having magical healing powers. It is also considered a symbol of purity an innocence. The Ancient Greeks were the first to write about unicorns and clay seals of unicorns can be dated back to 3000 B.C.! The first picture drawn of a unicorn was found in a cave France. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. While there is no proven evidence that the unicorn has ever existed, many cultures from around the world have accounts of its physical features and abilities.

After doing a bit of research and learning more about unicorns, try to write a story about one! If you need help, use this prompt: One rainy Saturday afternoon, I looked out my window and saw a unicorn! It was…

When you finish your story, use the activity below to learn how to draw a unicorn for your illustrations!

Woo Jr. Kids Activities has a great page to help you learn to draw a unicorn!

V is for Vacuum!
In Swedish, the word for vacuum is dammsugare. It is pronounced dahm-soo-gar- uh. There aren’t a lot of fun facts about vacuum cleaners in Sweden (are you surprised?). The only one I could really find is that the Electrolux brand is the top of the line vacuum cleaner in Sweden and you will find them in many homes. While vacuum fun facts aren’t exactly fun or readily available, we can connect vacuums to cleaning! I know…cleaning is also not fun. However, there is a lot Americans can learn about keeping our earth clean from Swedes!

More than 59% of the world’s trash ends up in landfills. This is not the case for Sweden. In Sweden only 1% of trash ends up in landfills! The rest is either recycled or burned in a special incinerator. You might think that burning the trash would cause really bad air pollution, however, there are special filters to keep the pollution out of the air. There is another HUGE benefit to this system. The burned garbage produces steam. The steam is used to power turbines which creates electricity for businesses and homes! Sweden does so well with this system that the country has run out of garbage to burn for their power, so they get garbage shipped from other countries!

While you and I can’t go out and create an incinerator to clean up our trash (someday you might!), we can do our part to be more like Sweden! Another fun way Swedes keep the earth clean is something called plogging. It’s a mixture of the Swedish phrase plocka upp and jogging. Plocka upp means pick up. When Swedes go plogging, they bring a garbage bag on their jog and pick up trash along the way. If you aren’t a runner, you can do this on a walk. If everyone does just a little bit, our Earth would be so much cleaner!

Sweden also works with young children in a forest school program. If you are interested in that, see our Earth Day activities on our website.

How are you and your family doing with keeping the environment healthy? Take this quiz from Kids Ecology Corps and find out!

Use what you know about pollution and be a pollution detective! How many pollution problems can you find in this house?

W is for Whale! In Swedish, the word for whale is val. It is pronounced vahl. There are many types of whales found in Scandinavia from the large blue and humpback whales to smaller dolphins. Whale watching is a great way to see these magnificent creatures. Until we are able to travel again and explore nature in person, view this video on whales!

Whale Facts- from Whale-World.com

  1. Whales are mammals. This means that whale calves grow inside their mothers until they are born. Besides, they are nursed and taken care by their mothers until they reach certain age.
  2. Whales breathe air as we do. Therefore, they need to reach the surface of the ocean to breathe because they cannot breathe underwater.
  3. To breathe, whales have a blowhole in the top of their heads. When they reach the surface, they take air in through this blowhole.
  4. There are two types of whales, Baleen Whales and Toothed Whales. There are several species of whales out there, but they are classified according to the way they feed in two types, baleen whales and toothed whales.
  5. Baleen whales feed from krill and plankton. Krill are shrimp-like creatures which are very important ocean creatures.

6.Toothed whales eat several kind of fish, like tuna, cod and salmon among others and some small mammals like seals.

  1. The Blue whale is the largest animal in the world. Even more, it is the largest animal that has ever existed, even larger than the largest dinosour ever found. The blue whale is a baleen whale.
  2. Some baleen whales sing. Particularly the blue whales and the humpback whales are well known for singing.
  3. Whales can swim as fast as 30 miles per hour.
  4. Some Whales can stay underwater for as long as 90 minutes. This applies mainly for the sperm whale which can stay underwater for as long as 90 minutes, although a typical dive for other species is around 35 minutes.
  5. Whales do not sleep as we do.To rest, whales sleep only half brain so they remember to take air in, otherwise they would drown.
  6. The most famous story about whales is Moby Dick. Moby Dick is a novel released in 1851 by Herman Melville.

Make a whale water scoop! This craft will create a fun water toy for a backyard pool or bathtub!

X is for Fox!
In Swedish, the word for fox  is räv. It is pronounced ray-ehv. In Sweden, there are different types of foxes such as red foxes, arctic foxes and cross foxes. The arctic fox is the variety most people are interested in. Arctic foxes do not hibernate during the winter. Their coats are pure white during the winter so they can camouflage in the snow. During the summer, they are grey or light brown, allowing them to camouflage when the snow has melted. They can survive in extremely cold temperatures, up to -50 Celsius or -58 Fahrenheit! The arctic fox eats small animals like lemmings, seal pups and birds. Worldwide, the arctic fox is not endangered. However, in Sweden, they are very endangered. There are thought to be fewer than 200 remaining. Since 1985 scientists have been working very hard to reverse this and programs to protect them are working and the population is slowly building again.

 

Did you know?
A group of foxes is known as a skulk or a leash.
Males are called reynards, dogs or todds.
Females are called vixen.
Baby foxes are called kits.

This video from National Geographic features a friendly arctic fox greeting scientists!

Create an adorable arctic fox craft out of a paper plate!

Y is for Yarn!
In Swedish, the word for yarn is garn. It is pronounced garn. Yarn is the main material used for knitting. People knit clothing, blankets and create beautiful works of art. We can trace knitting back to the 1650s in Sweden to a Dutch woman who taught others nearby. In the past, knitting was needed to provide warm clothing since people had to make many of the things they needed. Today, most people buy what they need from stores. However, people haven’t forgotten about knitting! Some people knit as a hobby, others to create art. Others knit as a career and others to continue to make needed clothing. Swedish knitting is also popular because of unique techniques and designs.

If you would like to learn how to knit, finger knitting and weaving is a good place for kids to start! There are many YouTube knitting tutorials. This site offers those instructions as well as several other kid friendly projects.

If you have never made pom pom animals, you are missing out! They are fun, easy and addictive! Here is a great tutorial. All you need is yarn, cardboard, scissors and odds and ends to embellish.

Z is for Zebra!
In Swedish, the word for zebra is zebra. It is pronounced the same. I’m sure you are not surprised that zebra is not a Swedish words! Zebras aren’t animals that are native to Sweden. There are three types of zebras.  You can find them there in zoos, but not in the wild. All three types of zebras are native to Africa.

Zebras are closely related to the horse. But they have beautiful stripes! What are those stripes for? There are many different thoughts and scientists are always trying to do scientific tests to find out why. Some think they keep the zebras cool, while others think they keep the bugs away, etc. In fact, scientists from Sweden did experiments that seemed to eliminate the cooling off reason. Other scientists disagree still and say they have evidence that the stripes do cool! Science is all about questioning and testing! A really interesting thing about a zebra’s stripes is that they are all different. They are like our fingerprints! Scientists think that zebras recognize other zebras by the arrangements of their stripes.

Check out San Diego Zoo’s awesome web page dedicated to zebras. You can read facts, hear sounds and watch a video!

Make a zebra out of your hand (and other animals too)! Instructions can be found here.

A is for ananas!
Ananas (ah-nah-nahs) in English is pineapple. You are probably not shocked that this tropical fruit is not native to Sweden. When we think of pineapples, we often think of Hawaii. However, pineapples did not originate there. So where did they come from? Pineapples originally came from South America, specifically somewhere between Brazil and Paraguay. Pineapples eventually were introduced to other South American countries and then Mexico and the Caribbean Island. They were grown by the Mayans and Aztecs. In 1493, Christopher Columbus was introduced to the pineapple. He is credited for bringing it back to Europe. The most famous location for pineapples is Hawaii. Soon after they were brought to Hawaii in 1900, James Dole opened a pineapple plantation. Dole is still one of the most popular brands of pineapple products.

Pineapple Fun Facts:

  • The top of the pineapple, after it’s been cleaned and dried, can be replanted to grow a new pineapple.
  • It takes a pineapple 2 years to grow.
  • Pine cones used to be called pineapples. Once the fruit was introduced, people started calling it a pineapple because it looked like a pine cone.
  • A pineapple plant creates over 200 flowers of all different colors. The fruits of the flowers join together to create a pineapple.

This video will teach you all about the process of planting and harvesting pineapples!

Use some recycled materials and paint to make your own pineapples (and other fruits and veggies! Instructions are here.