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Hey guys! Sorry my posting has been spotty lately. I always have so many ideas and so many things I want to share with you, but I need a clone of myself to actually get it done!
Today I wanted to share a quick game I did with my library classes this week!
I love celebrating the winter season throughout the month of January – and no greater theme for winter than snowmen!
First, we read the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner (affiliate link).
This book is a sweet and funny story about what snowmen do while everyone is sleeping. From drinking cups of iced-cold cocoa to sledding races to baseball games with snowballs and brooms – snowmen get pretty wild after hours! My students thought this book was a lot of fun and they stayed engaged the whole time I was reading. They thought the snowman with the pickle nose was especially hilarious. And the illustrator occasionally hid pictures of a bunny, Santa or dinosaur throughout the story, so that was a neat little treasure hunt for the kids as well.
To extend our story with an activity, I told the kids that I had brought a snowman with me and that he happened to be a very hungry snowman.
To make this easy snowman, start with a large piece of white paper. Set it vertically on the table in front of you. Fold the bottom portion up a little less than halfway and staple the sides to create a pocket. Draw some circles and add snowman details, making sure the snowman’s ‘belly’ is around the pocket area.
Next our snowman was going to need to eat some snowballs.
But not just any snowballs – colored ones!
To make the snowballs, simply cut circles out of construction paper in a variety of colors.
How to play –
- Hold up a colored snowball and call on a child.
- Have the child tell you the color of the snowball.
- Give the child the snowball and have them put the snowball in the snowman’s belly (the pocket).
- Use a funny snowman voice and say, “Thank you!” each time someone drops a snowball in the snowman’s belly.
The colored snowballs worked perfectly for 2-and-3-year-olds, but if you are looking to kick up the educational factor for older kids, you could feed the snowman THESE FREE PRINTABLE ALPHABET AND NUMBER SNOWBALLS from The Kindergarten Connection instead! 🙂
So cute and so simple, right?