Loads of snow in our area this week! We don’t usually get very good packing snow, but we did in the first of this week’s snowstorms and there are lots of snowmen around town! I love it! Now we are having a little warm up… which is leading to a LOT of MELTING SNOWMEN! First we sang our Opening Song, where we said hi to the librarians, the snowmen and our Story Time friends.
by Lois Ehlert
Adorable snow people are created out of a variety of foods, fabrics and natural items. Cute story about snowmen, snow-women, snow-dogs, snow-cats, snow-kids! Of course the sun comes out at the end of the book, and you know what that means!
Song: “First the Snowpants” (Tune: Clementine)
First the snowpants,
Then the snowsuit,
Then the jacket and the hat,
And the mittens go on last so we can go outside to play!
(Repeat faster and faster!)
Song: “The Snowsuit Pokey” (Tune: Hokey Pokey)
Put your mittens in,
Put your mittens out,
Put your mittens in and you shake them all about,
You do the snowsuit pokey and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!
Put your boots in….
Put your hat in…
Put your snowsuit in…
BOOK: Snowmen at Night
by Carolyn Buehner
illustrated by Mark Buehner
I have always loved this clever book about why snowmen become so disheveled. I think part of the fun is that the Buehner family made a snowman in their yard that traveled to face their front door by morning, causing them to come up with a great idea for a picture book!
This week the cube had us play “Jump, Jump, Jumping!”
BOOK: The Snowman Storybook by Raymond Briggs
This is a beautiful story! I fell in love with the animated short years ago. I highly recommend the DVD, the music is gorgeous. The original story includes references to Santa and Christmas, neither of which we refer to in our Story Times because I don’t want anyone feeling awkward about Santa and many of our families do not celebrate Christmas. This shortened version keeps all the magic of this snowman coming to life but eliminates any references to the holiday, making it just right for our Snowman Story Time! I was surprised that the kids were a little sad when the snowman melted at the end – but we moved on quickly to our awesome flannel board and everyone was soon cheery again!
Five Little Snowman
5 little snowmen on a winter’s day,
The first one said ‘Wake up so we can play!’
The second one said “Let’s roll around!”
The third one said “Let’s stomp on the ground!”
The fourth one said “Let’s run and have some fun!”
The fifth one said “I’m afraid I feel the sun!”
“Oh no!” said the snowmen as they looked to the sky,
And five melting snowmen waved bye-bye!
After we melted our flannel snowmen we got on our feet and pretended to be the snowmen in the story. Some very dramatic melting ensued!
(Source: Thank you to Miss Sarah for a beautiful felt board idea! http://misssarahsstorytime.blogspot.com/2011/09/flannel-friday-five-snowmen.html)
The iPod picked: “Song About Slow, Song About Fast”
Everyone really did amazing listening!
CRAFT: Melting Snowman
I put the snowballs together with brads before we began the craft – I knew our group was going to be too young to handle the tiny brads independently (and I prefer not to bring my bifocals to Story Time!). I also pre-cut the hats, noses, stick arms and eyeballs. We used star stickers for the buttons. I put each complete set into a baggie for easier distribution. The kids also had a blast coloring in their snowmen – we had one that was very very PINK! Another had lovely red cheeks!
How it Went:
Great fun with a tiny group today. Everyone participated so nicely and it was great that the weather co-operated and made our melting snowman theme all the more fun!