Winter Storytime

As I type this blog post it is a mere 25 degrees Fahrenheit in Lawrence, Kansas. Winter is coming. Even though winter officially begins on December 21st of this year, I thought the storytime kids and I would get a jump start on the season with Winter Storytime.

Winter Storytime Line-up:

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

It was only a little over a month ago when I read Kazuno Kohara’s Ghosts in the House for Halloween Storytime. This winter picture book of her’s is just as wonderful. A boy who hates winter, but finds a friend who helps change his mind.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

A repeat favorite from last year’s Winter Storytime. This beautiful book takes the reader on an adventure through the woods, and gives them an inside look at mother nature above and below the snow.

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Minerva Louise is a beloved children’s book character series and this title may be my favorite. Minerva Louise isn’t like the other chickens during wintertime. She likes to go outside and explore while the others huddle in their coop. But it’s very cold during the wintertime, so Minerva Louise sets off to find some warm weather wear.

After reading Minerva Louise, we did The Snowey Pokey…

Snowey Pokey

You put your right mitten in, You take your right mitten out,
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the Snowey Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

 Continue with additional verses:

You put your left mitten in
You put your scarf in
You put your right boot in
You put your hat in
you put your snowself in

Red Sled by Lita Judge

A very simple and fun read aloud. There is no dialog, only sounds depicting a group of forest animals and one adventurous night.

Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer

Another winter picture book favorite. A child explains why he thinks winter is the warmest season.

Snow Globe Craft:

Last year’s craft was such a hit, I decided to do it again this year. My husband and I have been saving glass jars just for this wintery storytime craft.

If you’d like to make this craft at home, I did not take step-by-step pictures like I usually do but I did type up a few simple instructions below. If you’d like a pictorial guide for this craft, head on over to last year’s Winter Storytime.

Homemade Snow Globe Instructions

Materials used:
glass jar
floral clay (found in the floral department of a craft store)
miniature animals and/or miniature trees
glycerin (found at most drug stores)

1. Find a glass jar, wash it, and let it soak in warm water for 20 minutes. Remove the label.
2. Using the inside of your jar’s lid, take your object and mold the florist clay to the object to the lid until it is secure.
3. Fill glass jar with water, add two or three drops of glycerin, and glitter.
4. Seal lid to jar. Use as much muscle as you’ve got.
5. Turn over and let it snow!

If you’d like to do this in a library or classroom setting, here’s what I did with my group: I pre-cut quarter-size pieces of florist clay and left it out for the kids to mold their animals to the lids. When they finished molding their animals to the lid, they got in line for the “Winter Wonderland-Maker” a.k.a my cart with pitchers of water, some glitter, and a bottle of glycerin. When a child approached me I gave them a choice of what color snow they would like (white or silver glitter). Using a pitcher of water, I poured the water in, put in a few drops of glycerin, and a few dashes of their preferred glitter color. I secured the lid and handed it to the child. It went very smoothly this way and the kids had a blast!

image source: seven impossible things before breakfast


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