The past few days have been bitterly cold. Almost everyone in the country was introduced to the concept of the polar vortex. I found this adorable craft and books about snow on the web site No Time For Flash Cards.
Snow has clobbered many of you along with freezing temps but here in the Pacific North West we are still green and wet and needed to make our own snow . Whether you are in sunny Florida or too cold to go outside Minnesota you can play with snow and stay warm while you do with this fun indoor winter activity for kids . This is a fun exploration that is opened ended and really encourages creativity. My daughter ran with it and I love what she made. She has always wanted to make a snowman and even though we’ve never had enough snow ( that she can remember) to make one she managed to make one with this winter activity .
Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, painter’s tape ( you could use real tape but it might muck up your windows), cotton balls, q-tips ( some cu in half) , cotton pads and a window!
Then she discovered that dabbing the cotton ball created little puffs of cotton on the window.Very similar to when we made a pompom window last year.
I loved watching her and really didn’t get involved at all. This was all her.She explored textures, shapes, and cause and effect with serious intent while also working on fine motor skills and storytelling as she went.
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Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!
Snow! Snow! Snow!by Lee Harper captures the excitement of a snow day spent sledding and defying gravity for those precious few moments as you zoom down the hill. My son gave the book a thumbs up but my daughter wasn’t as into it although when the 3 dogs in the book landed with a thump both kids were giggling. Edited to add : The next morning my daughter ran to this book and smiled the whole way through loving it! Funny how 8am reading gets a different response than 5pm after a long day.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a classic. Some classics are the type of books that lose their relevance and leave readers wondering what the hype is about. This book is timeless. A little boy goes exploring in the snow and discovers his world in a new way. The illustrations are magical and the way that they convey the emotions this little boy experiences throughout the day are nothing short of perfect.
Also, don’t forget my book, Before I Was Born. It makes a wonderful present. When you buy Before I Was Born you are giving two gifts. A gift to the child who receives the book and a gift to a unknown child who benefits from the sale of the book. I donate 100% of the cost of the book to Story Storks. The folks over at Story Storks give a new book and a packet on literacy to children born in two area hospitals. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, just send me an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the book is $20 and will be tax deductible for you.