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Snow People

Snow people are so enduring. Children love to make them. There is a certain fascination children have with the idea that snowmen might actually come to life. Check out he book Snowmen at Night it is a favorite of ours! The pictures are fabulous and the story is enchanting!

Language & Literacy

Books

 

Songs, Poems, & Fingerplays:

One Little Snowman

One Little, two little, three little snowmen, four little, five little, six little snowmen, seven little, eight little, nine little snowmen, ten snowmen standing in a row!

Literacy: Write each line of this poem on a sentence strip and have the students practice reading the number words and place the sentences in the correct order. Or write the number word on snowmen cut from construction paper/card stock and have the children read the number words as they sing the song and put them in the correct order. (Another idea would be to glue a magnet on the back of each one and use them on a magnetic dry erase board.)

There was a Chubby Snowman
Literacy: Copy the poem on chart paper and do a guided reading by having the children follow along as you read the words of these finger plays. Provide felt snowmen shapes and other animal shapes for on the felt board for the children to retell the finger play.

 

Activities

Read: Snowballs  by Lois Ehlert,

Literacy: Have the children respond to the story by making 

Paper Plate Snow People: Provide children with a small and large paper plate stapled together, glue, and a variety of decorative items from buttons, fabric scraps, and yarn to nature items collected from outside. Have them create their own one-of-a-kind snowperson.

Read: The Snowman by Ramond Briggs. This is a wordless picture book!

Literacy:This book makes for an excellent storytelling activity. Cut out three big snowmen from construction paper. Write "Beginning" on one, "Middle" on one, and "End" on one. Have the children retell to you what happens in the story write down the parts of the story that happened in the beginning, middle, and end on their respective snowmen shapes.

 

Math & Number Concepts

Snowperson Counting Buttons: Cut ten snowman shapes from construction paper, decorate, and program with numbers and number words one through ten.  Supply children with buttons they can place on the snowman according to what number is on the snowman. Use all of them or just one through five depending on the child's skill level.  A great activity to help children develop one-to-one correspondence and learn number words. Laminate or cove with clear contact paper to make them last.

Snowperson Counting Books: Staple together six sheets of white paper folded in half to make a simple book.  Number the pages from one to ten, let children practice one-to-one correspondence as they stick on the correct number of mini snowman stickers to each page.  They can decorate the cover too!  Great for small motor development too!

Small, Medium Large- Circle- White: Snowperson activities are a great way to introduce the size concepts of small, medium, and large.  Use piece of felt or tag board cut into appropriate snowman shapes and sizes to demonstrate.  Ask the children to dictate which sizes should be where to build a snowman.  It is also a great way to reinforce the concept of the shape circle, and color white!

 

Art

Cotton Ball Snow Persons:  Give each child a supply of cotton balls and glue to create one of a kind snow people.  Felt shapes and pieces of construction paper a great for adding details like carrot noses and boots.

Chalk Snow Pictures: Let children draw on black or blue construction paper with chalk. 

Paper Plate Snowpersons: Make them with miscellaneous things like in Snowballs  by Lois Ehlert, or give the kids markers or crayon to just draw faces.

Sponge Painted Snowperson: Cut circles of graduated sizes from a kitchen sponge and let children dip them in white paint and make sponge painted snowmen or women.

Craft Activity:

Sock Snowperson: Stuff clean white socks with dried beans, peas, coffee beans, or small rocks rubber banding off sections as you fill them.  Finish the tops by rubber banding shut, glue with hot glue, and glue on the toe of a colored sock for a hat, turning up the edge.  Decorate with markers, glue on buttons for eyes, cloves for buttons on the snowperson

 

Craft Stick Snowman:  Make these cute snowmen for fun or as a parent gift!  They are easy!  Paint the Craft Sticks - Jumbo Natural 100 count by Chenille Kraft® white with a black tip ahead of time, and then allow the kids to glue the pieces on. I cut the hat rim from black craft foam, the nose from orange felt, and the buttons where just tiny buttons I found at Wal*Mart. The scarf is just a piece of yarn.

 

 

 

Dramatic Play

Put winter gear in the dress up area for children to pretend to dress for playing out in the snow.

Fill white garbage bags with newspaper for the children to build pretend snow people with.

 

 

Music & Movement

Pretend to build snowmen inside!

Do The Freeze!  From The CD Kids in Motion by Greg & Steve .  

This song is great for developing listening skills as children build large motor coordination.  The children can dance a move any way they like to the upbeat rhythm of this song and then when the music stops they have to freeze (it stops on the word FREEZE).  The music has the breaks recorded right in it so you can do it right along with the kids!  You could also do the same activity with any other kind of music, only you would have to pause the music yourself.  I like to give the kids ribbon wands or Dazzler Ribbons to dance with when we do this activity.

Snowball Toss:  Cut two holes in a big piece of cardboard in the basic design of the bottom of a snowman, then draw a cute head on the top!  Give the children white beanbags, white socks balled up, or white paper crumpled into balls to represent snowballs they throw at the snowman target.  Add some math to it by assigning points to the circles and have children keep track of how many points they accumulate according to which holes they get the snowball in.

Snow Ball Bowling: Fill some two liter pop bottles with some sand, paint them white and add a snowman face!  Let the children throw a ball at them to try to knock them down.

 

Science & Discovery

Fill your discovery table with SNOW of course!  Add measuring cups, and such later to maintain interest.

Literacy: Make a list of all the descriptive words the children can come up with to describe the snow. Challenge them to try to use all five senses!

Do some experiments with snow & water.  What do the children wonder about the snow? What questions do they have? Have them make predictions about what will happen to it as it sits in the warm classroom. Will snow melt in the fridge?  How about the freezer?  How about in the classroom?  Why?  Why not?  What temperature does it have to be to keep the snow from melting?  Place different containers of snow in the different areas and have the children observe them over time.  You may want to teach them about reading thermometers.  

Literacy: Record observations and discuss them in science journals.

 

Blocks & Building

Cover blocks with white paper to make snow blocks. 

Add stuffed snow people home decorations to the area for the children so the children can  build snowman houses for them.

 

Puzzles, Games & Manipulatives

Snowball Sorting:  Provide children with a variety of different sized cotton balls, and let them pick them up with a tweezers and place them in sorting cups, or just fill empty egg cartons with them.

Snowman Lacing:  Print snowman clip art on to white card stock, laminate, and punch holes around outside edge for a home made lacing card.

Computers

http://akidsheart.com/holidays/christms/snowman.htm

http://www.blackdog.net/holiday/christmas/snowman/

 

Cooking

Rice Cake Snow People: Give each child a rice cake and let them spread cream cheese or frosting on it.  M&M's, raisins, red liquorish, baby carrots, would all be good options for decorating with!

Snow Soup: A cup of hot chocolate, and mini marshmallows!

 

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