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Winter Wonders

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SONGS, POEMS AND FINGERPLAYS

  1. First Snow
    Snow makes whiteness where it falls,
    The bushes look like popcorn-balls.
    The places where I always play,
    Look like somewhere else today.

    ~Mary Louise Allen~

  2. Ice
    When it is the winter time
    I run up the street
    And I make the ice laugh
    With my little feet--
    "Crickle, crackle, crickle
    Crrreeet, crrreeet, crrreeet."

    ~Dorothy Aldis~

  3. The Snowman's Resolution
    The snowman's hat was crooked
    And his nose was out of place
    And several of his whiskers
    Had fallen from his face.

    But the snowman didn't notice
    For he was trying to think
    Of a New Year's resolution
    That wouldn't melt or shrink.

    He thought and planned and pondered
    With his little snow-ball head
    Till his eyes began to glisten
    And his toes began to spread;

    And at last he said, "I've got it--
    I'll make a firm resolve
    That no matter what the weather
    My smile will not dissolve."

    But the snowman acted wisely
    And his resolution won
    For his splinter smile was wooden
    And it didn't mind the sun!

    ~Aileen Fisher~

  4. Icy
    I slip and I slide
    On the slippery ice;
    I skid and I glide,--
    Oh, isn't it nice
    To lie on your tummy
    And slither and skim
    On the slick crust of snow
    Where you slid as you swim?

    ~Rhoda Bacmeister~

  5. Snowflakes
    Snowflakes falling through the air,
    Falling, falling everywhere.

    Twisting, turning, floating down,
    Covering white the noisy town.

    Roofs are laden, window edges,
    Snow is sticking to the ledges.

    All the streets are silent now,
    Comes the whirring of the plow.

    Clean behind it shines the track,
    Cars are coming, click-a-clack.

    People shoveling, piling snow,
    Makes clear the way to go.

    Wagons crunch and autos whir,
    Wheels that turn and never stir.

    Children run and slide and tumble,
    Snow all over, not a grumble.

    Snowballs flying, dodge and run!
    Here's a day of snowy fun!

    ~Elizabeth Cleveland~


ARTS AND CRAFTS

  1. Snowy Scenes

    In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of soap flakes and 1 1/4 cups of water for every six children. Beat with a hand mixer for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is fluffy and has the consistency of heavy whipped cream. If the mixture is too thick, add 1/4 cup of water.

    While the mixture is being prepared, have each child use crayons to draw a house on a piece of light blue construction paper.

    Divide the soap-flake mixture into several containers. Let the children use the mixture to fingerpaint snow around their houses. Snowmen can be added to their winter scenes by outlining snowman shapes in the soap flakes with their fingernails.

    **Variation: Prepare snowflake mixture using 1 cup of water for every 2 cups of soap flakes to make a thick mixture. Let each child mold three balls from mixture and stack them on a 6" square of oaktag to create a snowman. Press scraps of red yarn into the snowmen to make mouths. Use small, dark stones or buttons for eyes and buttons on suit. Let dry for two or three days.

  2. Cotton and Chalk Pictures

    Draw a winter scene on blue construction paper with white chalk and crayons. Use cotton to cover and accent snowbanks, snow-covered roofs, snowmen, etc. Fasten in place with liquid glue.

  3. Frosty

    Paint a snowy scene on blue construction paper. Allow the paint to dry. Glue two round makeup sponges to the paper for a snowman's body. Then glue on construction paper features.

  4. Snowmen

    Collect an empty plastic jar (such as 20 oz. powdered-drink-mix containers) and an old sport sock for each child. Stretch sock over the top of jar to resemble a hat (if necessary, cut toe off). Then glue on sequins, buttons, pom-poms, etc. Draw features with permanent markers. Glue on paper "tree branch" arms.

  5. Wooden Snowman

    Convert wooden ice-cream spoons into snowmen. Glue a construction paper top hat to the wide end of spoon. Use markers to draw face features and buttons. Tie a length of ribbon around the neck for scarf. These can be used as puppets.

  6. Wintery Snow Scene

    In advance, spread Honeycomb cereal on a sheet of newspaper and spray-paint white or paint on with brush white tempera paint. Sprinkle with glitter while still wet. On a sheet of blue construction paper, glue two or three circles of white paper for snowman. Draw features with markers or add construction paper features. Then glue on painted cereal to resemble snowflakes. Use white crayon or chalk to add any other snowy details.

  7. Yummy Snowman

    Glue regular-size marshmallows to blue construction paper to make a snowman. Use markers and construction paper scraps for features, buttons, etc. Stick in toothpicks for arms. Glue small marshmallows onto paper for snow falling.

  8. Eggshell Snowmen

    Collect washed eggshells--crush eggshells and dry in oven at low temp for an hour. Draw snowperson outline on blue construction paper. "Paint" with glue. Sprinkle eggshells onto the glue. Gently press the eggshells into the glue to secure them. When glue is dry, shake excess eggshells from paper. Decorate snowman with ribbon, buttons, twigs, glitter, yarn and construction paper scraps. Using white tempera paint and cotton swabs, paint snowflakes on paper for a snowy background.


RECIPES

  1. Snowflake Cookies

    Place a small paper doily onto a graham cracker square. Shake powdered sugar over doily. Gently lift doily to see fancy snowflake pattern.

  2. Cheese Toast

    Kids will enjoy these warm winter snacks! Place piece of sliced cheese on bread. Sprinkle on parmesan cheese and toast in toaster oven or regular oven.

  3. Hot Cocoa Mix

    Great gift for parents! For one hot cocoa mix you will need: 3 spoons of Nestle Quik, 2 spoons of nondairy creamer, 1 spoon of dry milk, 1 spoon of powdered sugar and 3 large marshmallows. Stir together the above ingredients and place into resealable plastic bags. To make a cute stirring stick for this: Push a plastic stirring stick through two or three marsahmallows; use decorating gel to add snowman features.

  4. Vegetable Soup

    What better to make in the middle of winter than vegetable soup? First read Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. Here's the recipe for easy vegetable soup to be made in crock-pot.

    1 can green beans
    1 can peas
    1 can carrots
    1 can corn
    1 large can crushed tomatoes
    1 small onion, chopped

  5. Delicious Snowmen

    Spread peanut butter on graham crackers. Cut two marshmallows in half and arrange three circles on cracker to resemble snowman. Microwave the cracker for five seconds. Using peanut butter to decorate snowman as desired.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. How Do Animals Stay Warm in Arctic Weather?

    Explain that just like people have special cold-weather clothing, so do Arctic animals. Explain that in addition to thick coats of fur and skin, most Arctic animals also have a thick layer of fat that adds extra warmth.

    Demonstrate how a layer of fat provides protection from cold with the this experiment:
    Spoon 1 1/2 cups of solid vegetable shortening inside one quart-size Ziploc bag. Turn a second bag inside out and place it inside the bag with the shortening. Zip the two bags together so that the first bag is sealed to the second bag. Then evenly spread the shortening between the bag layers. Have each child insert one hand inside the zipped-together bags. To secure on hand, place rubber band around top of bags. Then have child dip both of his hands into a bucket of ice water, deciding which hand stayed the warmest.

  2. For the Birds

    Use circle-shaped cereal such as Cheerios and Fruit Loops for children to thread onto string, colored yarn or twine to hang from tree branches for the birds. Tie a jingle bell onto end of string so that the kids may listen for the bell and see the birds eating.

    Another bird feeder idea:
    Spread peanut butter on "petals" of pinecone. Tie a ribbon or string at top to hang birdfeeder.

  3. Beach Day

    Winter months can be gloomy for kids,they are so ready for the warm weather. Why not have a beach day for your children inside a classroom. Lets get started cover the floor with a large plastic tarp. Then cover it with dry sand. Add a large beach umbrella,beach chair,sandpails and shovels, and seashells. Allow your children to wear their bathingsuit's on top of their clothing. Don't forget to wear your beach accesaries like,sunglasses, beach hats,flip flops. While the other children are playing on the beach allow some children to play in the ocean. Cover another area with a blue covering add sealife creature to the ocean. Cut-out a cardboard box for a boat. The children will be allowed to fish and sail on the boat. Have a homemade surfboard to add to the attraction. Also buy some real fish to the aroma scent to the ocean. Don't forget the ocean music to set the mood. Add a little a sunshine to the room, cut-out a large sun and hang it to the ceiling. This Beach Day will be beachy king.
    ~Submitted by Arlene...thanks, Arlene!~



WINTER BOOKS

  1. Elmer in the Snow by David McKee
  2. Kipper's Snowy Day Mick Inkpen
  3. One Snowy Day by Jeffrey Scherer
  4. Snow Riders by Constance McGeorge
  5. The Snow Whale by Caroline Pitcher
  6. Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
  7. The First Snowfall by Ann Rockwell
  8. Snip, Snip...Snow! by Nancy Poydar
  9. The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  10. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  11. Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox
  12. Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here by Jean Craighead George
  13. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  14. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  15. The Big Snow by Hader Elmer
  16. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton


OTHER WINTER UNITS AND RESOURCES AT ALPHABET SOUP

  1. Bears
  2. Christmas at Alphabet Soup
  3. Valentine's Day at Alphabet Soup
  4. Presidents' Day
  5. Holiday Nameplates
  6. Writing Paper for Winter Holidays
  7. Writing Paper for Fall and Fall Holidays
  8. Personalized Santa Letters


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