The Iditarod Race started in Alaska yesterday, March 5. I showed the kids the Iditarod web site and some YouTube videos of dog sled racing and they were really interested. After watching the videos the kids went off to make their own dog teams.
This was the first attempt.
Yes - that is Matthew being pulled on his 'sled' by a team consisting of a stuffed dog and two Zhu Zhu pets. I think they really thought that once they turned the Zhu Zhu pets on that Matthew and his sled would move - so funny!
Sarah also came up with a sled for her American Girl pulled by her AG husky.
A great book and/or movie to go along with learning about the Iditarod is Balto.
Here is some info from Wikepedia about Balto and the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska. This run is commemorated by the Iditarod.
You can also find a statue of Balto in New York City's Central Park.