We started this storytime talking about the weather. We talked about what the weather was outside today:
And then I mentioned that in the storyroom, it was going to be a different type of weather (at least in our imaginations!), because we were reading stories all about snow!
Books We Shared
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Froggy looks outside and it’s snowing! Even though he should be hibernating, he decides to go out and play in the snow. But he needs to put on so many clothes! Has he forgotten some?
When Pedro comes from far away to visit his cousins, who are eager to introduce him to snow, all Pedro can think about at first is how much he dislikes cold. But after playing and having fun with his family and friends, will Pedro changes his mind?
We counted some snowflakes in today’s flannelboard story.
5 Little Snowflakes
(taken from Storytime Katie)
1 little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and then there were… 2!
2 little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and then there were… 3!
3 little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and then there were… 4!
4 little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and then there were… 5!
5 little snowflakes, having so much fun!
Out came then sun
And then there were… NONE!
Watch the Snowflakes
(to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes (flutter hands, starting above head)
Floating down, floating down (bring hands down a little with each line)
Oh so very slowly, oh so very slowly
All the way down
Down to the ground. (touch the ground)
Other verses (use different motions in place of slowly):
Oh so very quickly (wiggle fingers faster)
From oh so very high (stand up on tiptoes)
Oh so very twirly (twirl hands round and around each other)
Music from CDs
Music always adds to storytime. Here is a song we shared today:
“Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music
“Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi
Film We Watched
“The Snowy Day” from The Ezra Jack Keats Collection, based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter goes out and has fun in the snow in this gentle story.
It’s great to talk about things you watch with your child! This helps them extend their language!
Here are some suggestions for things to talk about after watching “The Snowy Day”:
– What happened to the snowball Peter put in his pocket?
– What do you think the most fun part of a snowy day is?
Continue the Fun
Here are some more books about snow. Check them out at your nearest Pasadena Public Library Branch.
Book: Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold; drawings by Renata Liwska
Book: Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau; illustrated by David Walker