Book: The Snowy Day
Read the book: The Snowy Day. The Snowy Day is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of simple adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day.
Take children outside on a snowy day. Encourage children to make footprints, knock snow from trees and bushes, make snow angels, blow snow off their hands, and make snowballs. Caution them not to throw these snowballs at people.
(Variation: Not enough snow to make snowballs? Use crumpled up white copy paper. It will make a great sensory and science experience as well as the paper will change as it gets wet.)
Provide a snowball maker for children for their snowball factory.
- Let children feel the snowball on their nose, cheek, etc.
- Let children throw their snowball into the air and try to catch it again.
- Catch it with their hand, their foot, their head.
- Throw two snowballs
- Place the snowball on their head and walk around their spot while balancing it.
Roll a Snowball
Demonstrate to children how to roll a snowball in the snow to make a larger ball. Ask: Who will make the largest snowball?
Snowball Throwing Practice
Place a large basket or container on the floor and invite children to throw the snowballs into the basket or container. Next, encourage children to aim their snowballs at different objects like trees, bushes, etc.
Place hoops on the ground. Have children try to throw snowballs inside the hoops.
Invite children to create a snowball sculpture inside the hula hoop.
Make a tower. Ask: How many snowballs high is your snowball tower?
Decorate a Tree or Wall
Demonstrate to children how to press snow on to trees or on a wall. Ask: Can you make a scarf for the tree? A face on a wall?
Walk the Line
In fresh snow, make a path by walking in small steps inside the snow. Let children walk, jump, tiptoe, walk backwards along the path.