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!)
A Penguin Story: Unlike the other penguins, Edna is looking for more than what life is currently offering her - white, black, and blue. When she finds more color, it inspires her to dream even bigger.
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. (My sister shared this project with another book here and here.)
Craft: We made our own messy illustrations on snow using homemade snow spray paint.
The Mitten Tree: A lonely elderly woman watches the children at the bus stop each day. One wintery morning, she notices a boy who doesn't join in the snow play because he has no mittens. The kind woman knits him a pair and leaves them hanging from a tree for him to find. She continues knitting mittens for the kids and is surprised with a kindness in return, a basket of yarn left on her doorstep.
Craft: Make a handprint mitten from House of Baby Piranha.
Curious George in the Snow: Everybody's favorite monkey is hitting the slopes.
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.
Snow Day!: Sam, Pam, Will, and Jill are alligators who like to play in the snow. When they realize they have to go to school, they do something surprising. Simple, repetitive fun.
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.
Stella, Queen of the Snow: During his first snowstorm, Stella shows her little brother Sam all the wonders of winter.
Craft: Create a snowy day collage with marbles from First Palette.
All You Need for a Snowman: In rhyming, repetitive text the book lists all you need to make a snowman. It starts with a small snowflake and builds. Excellent book to read aloud.
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.)
Snow is a simple book about how all the animals are getting ready for the first snowfall.
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)
Snowballs: Children take advantage of a perfect snowball day to build a family from snow using creative materials. Lois Ehlert's collages always offer plenty to look at.
Craft: Create a name snowman (idea from Under the Big Top).
No Two Alike: In rhyming verse, this book follows two birds as they explore the winter landscape. The gorgeous illustrations help illustrate that though things may seem similar, everything and everyone is special and unique.
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.
The Snowy Day is the classic about a little boy's adventures on a winter day. Waking to find his world blanketed in snow, Peter sets out to experience it. He makes tracks, knocks snow off branches, builds a snowman and goes sledding. A simple story about the simple joy of being a child in winter.
Craft: Make a snow angel indoors using a paper plate (from Preschool Crafts for Kids).
The Mitten is based on a Ukranian folktale about a boy with a pair of snow white mittens. He loses one of the mittens in the snow and several woodland animals find it. A rabbit, a bear, a fox, and several others snuggle inside it. When a little mouse squeezes in and tickles the bear's nose, he gives a great sneeze and all the animals and the mitten go flying. It's silhouetted against the sky and the boy finds his mitten.
Craft: Put the animals inside a mitten made from a white paper bag.
The Winter Visitors is a mostly wordless picture book about what happens when humans leave their summer cottage and a family of bears take up residence. Each humorous illustration shows the bears engaging in a fun activity like jumping on the bed and eating all the honey. They even throw a New Year's Eve party and invite all the woodland animals. When the summer visitors return, they don't suspect a thing.
Craft: First Palette shows you how to make a bear from circles.
Katy and the Big Snow: Katy is a brave little tractor. She finally gets her chance to shine when a blizzard covers the city with snow and Katy comes to the rescue with her plow.
Craft: Make a 3-D snowplow from shapes.
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