Snowmen, Snowmen Everywhere….

December 9, 2012

We had a super fun week learning all about winter, snow and snowmen.  We were very busy reading snowman books, singing songs and making lots of crafts.  We even had a very special, yummy Fun Friday snack that looked like a snowman.

Build a Little Snowman

(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot)

Build a little snowman, starting with his feet.

Put on lots of snow, and pat it all so neat.

Then make a round ball, and put it up on top.

Then the sun will come out and make the snowman hot.

preschool book snow, snowman

We read “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert.  She is one of my favorite children’s authors.  The illustrations of the snow family in the book are made with recycled everyday items found around the house.  This inspired us to make our own recycled snowmen out of shredded paper.

shredded paper snowman, recycled crafts

We started with shredded paper.

shredded paper snowman, recycled crafts

We then made a glue outline of a snowman and added the paper to the glue.

shredded paper snowman, recycled crafts

We added a top hat, beads for the eyes and mouth, a felt scarf and pom pom buttons.

preschool book about snowmen and snow

We read “The Snowman Storybook” by Raymond Briggs.  This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little boy and his snowman that comes to life one night and takes him on an adventure.

preschool snowman craft

Making fingerprint snow to fill the paper sky.

preschool snowman craft

We added white circles for the body, an orange triangle pointing up for the nose and black circles for the mouth.

preschool snowman craft

We added a fun felt scarf.

preschool snowman craftOur finished snowman, looking up at the snowy sky!

preschool book about snow and snowmen

We read “Snowmen at Night” and “Snowmen at Christmas” by Caralyn Buchner.  This is a fun series all about snowmen who come to life and have mischevious adventures while the world is asleep.

preschool book about snow and snowmen

 

preschool snowman craft

We made snowman faces out of paper plates and a round sponge dipped in black paint for the eyes and mouth.

preschool snowman snacks

We made these fun snowman snacks to finish the week of snowmen.  To make the snowmen you need:  mini bagels, cream cheese, coconut, chocolate chips and Cheetos.  Spread the cream cheese onto one half of the bagel, top with coconut and chocolate chips and a small piece of Cheeto for the nose.

preschool snowman snacks

Yummy, yummy snowmen!

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The Snowy Day….

December 2, 2012

With winter approaching we have been reading books all about this season.  I love the classic book “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.  It is such a lovely book all about a little boy named Peter and his fun snow day.  Peter’s bright red snowsuit stands out in the snow white backdrop throughout the entire book.  I thought it would be fun to have the children make a craft to go along with this book and have them make a craft of themselves with a red pointed hat just like Peter wears in the book “The Snowy Day”.

the snowy day book and craft

the snowy day book and craft

I had the children first paint a card stock circle in a skin tone similar to their own.  We have many skin tone paints from Colorations.

the snowy day book and craft

This is Peter in his red snowsuit with a pointed hood.

the snowy day book and craft

We then added our faces to the red hood cut outs.

the snowy day book and craft

We added google eyes.

the snowy day book and craft

Our finished craft after adding hair and a smile.

the snowy day book and craft

We are all set for a very snowy day!

 

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Letter Y week….

This week was all about the letter Yy.  We thought of words that began with Y; and yellow was the most popular response.  We read books about the yellow sun and the color yellow and made a cute craft to go along with the Y theme.  To end the week we had a special letter Y snack:  yogurt!

 Bright Sun

(to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat)

Bright sun shining down,

Shining on the ground.

What a lovely face you have,

Yellow, big and round.

books about the sun and color yellow

We read the book “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni, a fun book all about how colors can mix together to make a whole new color.  We also read “What is the Sun?” by Reeve Lindbergh.  This is a delightful rhyming book about the sun and moon.

letter y activities preschool

For every letter we have been making little folding books with pictures that start with that letter.

preschool letter y sun craft

We made a yellow sunshine craft.  I cut paper plates in half and had the children paint them yellow.

preschool letter y sun craft

Added fun google eyes.

preschool letter y sun craft

We added yellow triangles to the top of the paper plate.

preschool letter y sun craft

Our finished sunshines!  We added fun rainbow streamers onto the plates.

y is for yogurt

Our fun Friday snack: Gogurt Yogurt!

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