Friday, February 6, 2015

Storytime: Snow

Winter is for the birds.
Winter is in full swing in Central New York. It's cold, snowy and icy and hot cocoa is my beverage of choice these days. What better time to do a snow-themed story time?


SnowballsSnow happy!BlizzardTen on the sledKaty and the big snow

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell
Blizzard by John Rocco
Ten on the Sled by Kimberly Norman
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton


"Snowflakes Dance Around"
(tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")

Snowflakes snowflakes dance around  (twirl around)
Snowflakes snowflakes touch the ground  (touch the ground)
Snowflakes snowflakes in the air  (arms up)
Snowflakes snowflakes everywhere  (wave arms around)
Snowflakes snowflakes dance around  (twirl around)
Snowflakes snowflakes touch the ground  (touch the ground)

Source: Perry Public Library

I made a lot of paper snowflakes the night before story time, and I passed them out for the children to hold and throw around as we sang this song. It was a lot of fun!

Five Little Snowmen
(This can be used as a flannel rhyme or just a fingerplay.)

Five little snowmen  (hold up five fingers)
Standing in a row
Each with a hat  (touch head)
And a big red bow.  (tie bow under chin)
Out came the sun  (arms circle)
And it stayed all day
And one little snowman  (hold up one finger)
Melted away  (finger bends down)

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Source: Perry Public Library

The Snowman

A chubby little snowman  (make round tummy with arms)
Had a carrot nose  (point to nose)
Along came a rabbit  (hold up two fingers like ears and make rabbit hop)
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny  (rub tummy)
Was looking for his lunch  (pretend to look around)
Ate that little snowman's nose  (point to nose)
Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!  (nibble motion with hand and clap on CRUNCH)

Source: Perry Public Library

"I'm a Little Snowflake"
by Laurie Berkner from her album Whaddaya Think of That?

I'm a little snowflake icy and round
I fall from the sky and I don't make a sound
When it's cold I'll stay all day
When it's warm I'll melt away.

I used this song along with our parachute. I had the children shake the parachute up and down really slowly and we put the paper snowflakes on top of it. They loved it!


Fingerpaint Snow Globe
I found this idea on Pinterest and it's from Crafty Morning. It was easy to prep; just cut out circles and cut toilet paper tubes in half for the base of the snow globe.


Play Snow
This is an inexpensive and fun sensory activity to do with children. You'll need two boxes of baking soda and a bottle of conditioner. Put the baking soda in a large mixing bowl and add about half of the conditioner. Stir this mixture together; it should be crumbly. Add more conditioner if needed until the mixture comes together in your hands and can be molded. You can use cookie cutters or other molds for the kids to play with. Super fun and it smells delightful!