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BLAST Early Learning
Winter

Books:

Snowballs Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Some children create a family out of snow. Includes labeled pictures of all the items they use, as well as information about how snow is formed.

 

Mouse's First Snow Mouse's First Snow by Lauren Thompson

Mouse tries many new things when he and his father go out and play in the snow.

 

Rhyme:

A Snowball

Gather up a bunch of snow, (scoop snow with hands)
Make it into a fat snowball. (start to shape ball)
Pack it, round it, just like so, (clap hand to shape and round it)
Now cock your arm, and let it go! (pull back your arm as if to throw)

 

Song:

Winter Hokey Pokey

You put your mitten in,
You take your mitten out
You put your coat in,
You put your coat out
You put your hat in,
You put your hat out...

 

Vocabulary Word:

glided: 1. to move smoothly 2. slow moving, calm

Example: "Poppa glided across the ice."
(taken from Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson)

 

Activities:

Art/Creative

Cut out the form of Peter (from The Snowy Day) and a sled from red construction paper. Glue it to a sheet of dark blue construction paper, then draw a line from Peter to the sled with a black crayon. Then use a sponge to dip into white tempera paint and swirl on the blue paint. It looks like a snow storm!!!

Sand/Water Table

Fill the table with crushed ice, white confetti, or mounds of shaving cream. Let the students explore using shovels and buckets.

Gross Motor Skills/Social Skills

Give each child 2 sheets of wax paper. Show the students, by placing the wax paper under their shoes, how they can "glide" on the carpet of the room. (Be sure to try it yourself! Tons of fun!) Play music as they skate and allow them to choose new skaters when the music stops.

Cognitive Skills

Teachers cut out the snowmen and scarves then place a different colored scarf on each snowman . Use the colors: red, orange, green, yellow, blue, violet, pink, brown, black, and white. Now, laminate the file folder. Next, take the other snowmen and scarves and laminate them separately. Cut them out and place them in an envelope on the back of the file folder for a matching game.

 

Literature:

Froggy Gets Dressed Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic, but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.

 

When It Starts To Snow When It Starts To Snow by Phillis Gershator

Various animals tell what they do and where they go when it starts to snow.

 

The Snowman The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside. This story does not contain any words. This allows the students to be as free with their dialogue as they please.

The Snowy Day The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.