Book: Winter Trees: A boy and his dog stroll through the winter forest discovering seven different types of trees. A fun early introduction to tree identification and a great way to encourage appreciation for nature.
Craft: Make a snowy handprint tree from Kaboose.
Craft: Combine a craft and science experiment by making rainbow salt snowflakes.
Craft: Construct an igloo from a disposable bowl. The idea came from Nuture Our Child, but we modified it to use materials we had: two paper bowls, half a toilet paper roll, and white felt.
Craft: Make your own cup of hot chocolate from construction paper with a tutorial at Kiboomu. (I've also seen versions that use a glue stick and a dusting of cocoa powder to make it smell like the real thing!)
Craft: Practice fine motor skills while creating a circle penguin.
Craft: Play with own miniature snowy forest. Inner Child Fun has the details. (Instead of paint, we colored our coffee filters with markers and misted them with water.)
Craft: Make polar bear masks from I Heart Crafty Things and penguin masks from Play Pennies to reenact the story.
Craft: Make some of these adorable snow owls from Deep Space Sparkle.
Craft: We made our own messy illustrations on snow using homemade snow spray paint.
Craft: Make a handprint mitten from House of Baby Piranha.
Craft: Though your little one might not be quite ready for the ski jump, they can make ski jump art with a tutorial from Kaboose.
Book: Counting on Snow counts down from 10 to 1 using different arctic animals. As the animals decrease, the snowflakes increase.
Craft: Make numbers out of "snow"using glue and coarse salt. (We also practiced writing letters this way.)
Craft: Make your own tacky penguin.
Craft: Make a sled from craft sticks. There are lots of tutorials for these but I like the one at the Studio because it's easy enough for preschoolers to manage with little help.
Craft: Create a snowy day collage with marbles from First Palette.
Craft: I love this snowflake snowman craft from Teach Preschool and it goes along with the book perfectly!
Craft: Add icicles to any simple house or tree art by applying paint and letting it drip down. Or use glue and glitter to create the icicles. (Thicker paper or card stock works best.)
Craft: Create a hand or footprint bear from Handprint and Footprint Art. You could also make any or all of these animals from the book: handprint bunny (Snails and Puppy Dog Tails), handprint moose (Handprint Creations), handprint owl (Kids Activities Blog), handprint goose (DLTK), and/or fingerprint fox (Rudy and the Dodo)
Craft: Create a name snowman (idea from Under the Big Top).
Craft: Smear peanut butter on an empty toilet paper roll and press in bird seed. Slip the roll on a tree branch to give the birds a winter treat.
Craft: Make popsicle stick snowflakes. Check out all the fun versions at Coffee Cups and Crayons.
Craft: Make a snow angel indoors using a paper plate (from Preschool Crafts for Kids).
Craft: Put the animals inside a mitten made from a white paper bag.
Craft: First Palette shows you how to make a bear from circles.
Craft: Make a 3-D snowplow from shapes.