Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter- Snow/Snowflakes

Book Ideas: The snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
"The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day."

One snowy night by Nick Butterworth
"On a snowy night when a park keeper takes the animals into his hut for warmth, things get too crowded for comfort."

Snowball Fight! By Jimmy Fallon
"Snow day! School's closed! And somewhere out there, a snowball fight is waiting to happen! From carefully packing the snow to launching an all-out attack, everyone loves a snowball fight."

Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals
“As snow begins to fall, a child counts the flakes, enjoying every one”

Snowy, Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka
“The simple, playful rhymes make this celebration of winter a solid choice for sharing with toddlers and beginning readers alike. With just one word or phrase per image or page-turn, this makes for a quick, rhythmic read.”

Songs and Rhymes:

Winter Time Poem
by Mary Ryer
Icy fingers, icy toes,
Bright red cheeks and bright red nose.
Watch the snowflakes as they fall,
Try so hard to count them all.
Build a snowman way up high,
See if he can touch the sky.
Snow forts, snowballs, angels, too,
In the snow, so white and new.
Slip and slide and skate so fast.
Wintertime is here at last.

Snowflakes falling down
Sung to “row, row, row your boat”

Snow flakes falling down, (wiggle fingers downward)
Falling on the ground.
Gre-e-e-at, bi-i-i-g white flakes (make circles with thumbs and forefingers touching)
That do not make a sound. (finger to lips and shake head ‘no’)

Snowflakes falling from the sky
Sung to “Mary had a little lamb”

Snowflakes falling from the sky,
From the sky, from the sky.
Snow flakes falling from the sky, to the earth below.
Watch them as they dance and whirl,
Dance and whirl, dance and whirl,
Watch them as they dance and whirl,
Soft, white winter snow.

Walking in the snow
Let’s go walking in the snow.
Walking, walking, on tiptoe.
Lift your one foot way up high.
Then the other to keep dry.
All around the yard we skip.
Watch your step or you might slip!

Snowflakes Falling
Sung to “up on the housetop”

Snowflakes are falling on the ground
On our houses and in our town
On my nose and in my hair
Snowflakes are falling everywhere.
Oh, oh, oh, out we go
Oh, oh, oh, in the snow-oh!
Making snowmen
Sledding too,
There is so much that we can do.

Red Nose
Where did you get that little red nose?
Jack Frost kissed it I suppose.
He kissed it once.
He kissed it twice.
Poor little nose as cold as ice.

A sledding we will go
Sung to “A hunting we will go”

A sledding we will go,
A sledding we will go,
We’ll hold on tight and sit just right,
as down the hill we go---Wheee!

A skating we will go,
A skating we will go,
We’ll twirl around and not fall down
As over the ice we go!

A skiing we will go,
A skiing we will go,
We’ll stop when we get the Mountain top (Pause)
Then down the Mountain we’ll go---Swoosh!

It is snowing
Tune: “Frere Jacques”

It is snowing, it is snowing,
Falling down, falling down.
Winter winds are blowing,
Drifts are slowly growing,
All around, all around.

I love snow
Tune: Three Blind Mice

I love snow, I love snow.
Soft white snow, soft white snow.
It falls on the ground so soft and white
Sometimes it falls all through the night
Did you ever see such a beautiful sight
As soft white snow?

Snowflakes and Cupcakes
(Tune: Raindrops and Lemon Drops)
If all the snowflakes were chocolate covered cupcakes
Oh, what a snow it would be!
I'd go outside with my mouth open wide (open mouth and stick out tongue)
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
If all of the snowflakes were chocolate covered cupcakes
Oh, what a snow it would be!

***Alternative words: If all of the snowflakes were candy bars and milk shakes

Activity Ideas:

Idea #1: Snow Ice cream

Read one of the snow books and then make some snow ice cream. You will need to wait until the next snow fall to put a bowl or tray out to catch some of the clean snow (for those of you who don't live in a place that snows, shaved ice can be a substitute). Her is the recipe:

Snow Ice Cream
4 cups fresh, clean snow
1/2 cup whole milk (or half & half)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Put the snow in a mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the milk mixture over the snow and mix well with a stirring spoon. Add more snow if needed for desired thickness. Enjoy!

Idea #2: Indoor Snow ball fight

Read the book "Snowball fight" by Jimmy Fallon and then have your own indoor snowball fight, using crumpled paper balls. You can set a timer or play music and throw as many balls as you can until the timer goes off or the song is over.

Idea #3: Puffy Foam Snow Scene
Read one of the book titles and then make a fun snow scene using shaving cream foam and glue.
First have your child draw a winter scene with some hills and a bare tree or a snowman etc..(I drew the picture for my two year old). Mix together equal parts of shaving cream and Elmer's Glue on a paper plate.

Using craft sticks, have your child spread the foam mixture onto their snow scene. ***Important: Make sure to tell them not to taste the foam or rub it into their eyes!!!

Then you can add snow flakes by dipping the end of a plastic spool of thread into white paint or using your child's thumbprint.

When the mixture dries, it will dry nice and puffy!

Idea #4:Paper Snowflakes

Read "Millions of Snowflakes" and then make your own paper snowflakes to hang in your childs room. You can fold and cut your own designs or you can print off the templates you see in the photo below.

To print these snowflake templates, click here.

Cut the basic shape and fold on the lines. If your child is old enough to use scissors let them try and cut some of the simpiler patterns. If they don't have the coordination yet and are getting frustrated, then you cut them and let them open the flakes when your done cutting to reveal the pattern (my daughter's reaction to each snowflake she unfolded was fun).

Here is what the different patterns look like, once cut and unfolded. Talk about how every snowflake is unique and different.

If you want, you can let your child decorate the snowflakes with silver, blue, and white glitter, beads, buttons, or pom poms etc...Then hange them by some floss in a window or over their bed.

Idea #5: Painting the Snow
Read one of the book titles and then go outside and paint the snow.
All you need to do is fill some squirt bottles or spray bottles with water and add a few drops of food coloring to each.

Go outside and "paint the snow" by squeezing or squirting the colored water on the snow.

Have your child explore mixing primary colors together.

Idea #6: Winter scene with Salt and flour paint

Read one of the stories and then make a winter scene using the special recipe below:
Mix together 1 cup salt and 1/2 cup flour and 3/4 cup water (this made way too much paint, so you should probably 1/2 the recipe) in a bowl.

Using a paint brush, Let your child paint a snow scene with the mixture (the thinner the better--It looks like it will hardly show, but it will dry faster and won't crack off later)

When it's all dry it will look like this.

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