4 Reasons Kids should thank Native Americans for their Winter Fun.

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Greetings from Duke and Daisy, your kid’s guides for fun adventures with creativity, books, nature, and life discoveries.

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This week Duke and Daisy will share some interesting background for some of their winter sports that kids love. Duke and Daisy believe the kids will have a greater appreciation for these sports when they discover the origin of these winter fun activities.


Duke and Daisy believe there so much about Winter that kids find exciting. Duke and Daisy found out that kids may not know all the unique facts about Winter. They know that Winter is one of the four seasons. And, during the Winter it snows on many places around the world. But they may not know that some people fear snow. Kids play and share all these Winter Facts and more.

Duke and Daisy share the origin of Winter sports

Duke and Daisy would like to share some winter sports that need to snow that have fascinating histories.

Here’s what they discovered.

Ice Hockey

In the 1600s, European settlers saw ice hockey played by the Mi’kmaq people on the east coast. Legend states that the first pucks were made of frozen road apples before they began carving them out of cherry wood.




Toboggans are the creation of the Anishinaabe, who designed them for travel along footpaths. The word toboggan is a French mispronunciation of the Chippewa nobugidaban, a combination of two words meaning “flat” and “drag.”



Native Americans developed snowshoes, especially Native Americans in the colder Northern climates.  Snowshoes helped them trek over sea ice or hard-packed snow and tundra.

The Athapascan and Algonquin natives further improved upon the snowshoes of their ancestors.


Ice Fishing

Early history records indicate that Spearfishing with decoys is perhaps one of the oldest recorded methods of harvesting fish in the Northern portions of North American. Accounts as early as the 1600s indicate that the Algonquian and Siouan speaking people used this method in the Great Lakes regions for harvesting fish.

Duke and Daisy’s Winter Poem for the kids

Duke and Daisy Winter Sports Book Suggestions:








Hockey Wars

by Sam Lawrence and Ben Johnson

When hockey and friendship collide!

An old friendship is pushed to its limits as Millie and Cameron face off against each other in a grudge match to finally see who’s got the best hockey team in Dakota.

Millie and Cameron grew up as close as any two friends could be, playing together on the same hockey team and hanging out together after school.  However, when the hockey team was split between boys and girls, their friendship began to change, and not for the better.

Now, Millie and Cameron are rivals, playing against each other to finally settle who has the best hockey team, boys or girls?

The Haunted Igloo (Arctic Series)

by Bonnie Turner


For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. There, the sun doesn’t shine all winter.

Jean-Paul Ardoin, a young Canadian boy, struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the Northwest Territories of Canada, where he is taunted and excluded from activities by a group of Inuit boys due to his small size and a limp caused by a birth defect.

When Jean-Paul finally succeeds in impressing the boys with the tricks he’s taught his husky, Sasha, they agree to let him join their club, the Ice Patrol. As part of the initiation, they force him into a deserted igloo rumored to be haunted, where he must remain for two hours.

Stranded on Thin Ice

by Sharon CassaniLochman


“Preteen angst, a blinding snowstorm, and an ice-fishing competition gone wrong add up to a dramatic life-and-death struggle for two friends in this YA adventure. The first prize for the Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Derby is an ATV and a “fully-loaded ice fishing hut.” Tanner Phillips, the tale’s 12-year-old narrator, is determined to not only win but also to prove to his dad and the other adults in the competition that he’s not the screw-up little kid who blew it last year. But nothing goes as planned. The boy and his jittery new friend, Richie Donald, already unnerved by what they fear may be the fatal disappearance of one competitor at the hands of another, are left alone on the ice when Tanner’s dad must rush an injured contestant to the hospital.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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