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Dec

Snowman Storytime

In light of the upcoming winter season, all the wonderful snowman stories our library houses, and my own daughter’s recent obsession with “Frosty the Snowman”, the last storytime theme of the year was “Snowman Storytime”.   We read a few popular snowman picture books and then made melt-proof snowmen/women/pets inspired by Lois Elhert’s collage art in Snowballs.

Snowman Storytime Line-up:

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

The inspiration for the storytime craft and my personal favorite of the storytime book line-up. A story about children creating a snow family and what happens when the sun comes out.

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

A clever story about the first day of winter and each day atfer a child adding snowman accessories. I sang this book (if you can even call it that) to the classic holiday carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

“The Snow is Falling Down” Flannel Board

I found this flannel board idea featured Miss Courtney Meets Bobo via Pinterest and thought it would be a excellent addition to Snowman Storytime. This little tune that builds up to making a snowman would also work well with hand signals. Here’s how it goes…

The Snow is Falling Down

Sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”

(Add one snowflake for each line)
The snow is falling down,
The snow is falling down,
It’s like a blanket on the ground
The snow is falling down.
 
(Add a snowballs to make snowman.)
We roll it in a ball,
We roll it in a ball,
We make a great big circle
When we roll it in a ball.
 
(Add snowman’s face during this next verse.)
W make a smiley face
We make a smiley face,
We add eyes, nose, and a mouth
To make a smiley face.
 
What did we make?
 
A snowman!
 

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner

It makes you wonder when a snowman looks a little different than the day before. This book explores the activities of snowmen at night.

Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

Good ol’ Frosty! We ended storytime with a sing-a-long of  everyone’s favorite snowman, “Frosty the Snowman”.

Paper Plate Snowman Craft

I’ve seen a few paper plate snowmen crafts floating around the internet (like this one from Kaboose), all with the same concept of connecting paper plates to make a snowman. Fun and simple! Using that simple idea I also scrounged around the library’s basement and my own home to find collage supplies inspired by similar odds and ends used by Lois Ehlert for her snowpeople in Snowballs.

Materials used: Paper plates, hole punch, glue (white school glue or tacky glue), scissors, pipe cleaners, pom pom balls, glitter stones, popcorn kernels, buttons, ribbon, paper, felt, and fabric.

Other ideas: Noodles, yarn, dried beans, raisins, popped popcorn, shells, nuts, old gift tags, popsicle sticks, leaves; anything and everything is game.

Before storytime, to make things easier on the younger kids, I connected all the plates beforehand. I did this by punching holes in the paper plates like so.

Cutting 2-3 inch pieces of white pipe cleaners.

And twisting the white pipe cleaners to connect the paper plates together. I made various sizes of snowmen with whatever paper plates I had on hand from previous crafts. I also pre-cut a few top hats, boots, and carrots out of construction paper.

After storytime, the kids chose a snowman and decorated him or her any way they wanted to. Before I read Snowballs, I told the kids to pay extra close attention to the illustrations to get ideas for their own snowpeople.

I also left out a few hole-punchers for kids to use if they wanted to attach pipe cleaner arms.

Or if they wanted to make a hook on the top of their snowman’s head.

Each and every one turned out so well. There were snowmen, snow women, snow kids, and snow animals.

Here’s L’s snowman. His name is “Frosty”. Rightfully so.

If you’d like to see the snowmen/women/kids/cats the library kids made at yesterday’s storytime, be sure to check out the Lawrence Public Library’s Snowpeople Album on Facebook.

Happy Winter!

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