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November 27, 2018

4 Winter Reads and Creative Crafts for the Classroom

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Reading and crafting are a great way to support literacy in your classroom. These four winter-inspired books and crafts will not only warm up your students’ hands, hearts, and minds, but they’ll also help them remain actively engaged in the classroom, no matter how cold and blustery it is outside.

    1.     The Snowy Day and the Super-Soft Snowball Craft

    Young readers of The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, learn an important lesson about what happens when you put a snowball in your pocket! With this Super-Soft Snowball Craft, students make a snowball that can withstand the warmest of pockets.

    What you need:

    • White yarn
    • Scissors

    What you do:

    • Instruct students to hold up one hand with their fingers slightly spread apart, and then ask students to wrap one long piece of yarn around their fingers 40 times. (You may need to help students keep their thumbs out of the way.)
    • Ask students to carefully slide their hands out of the roll then help them tie a small piece of yarn horizontally around the center of the roll to create loops on each side. (It should look like a butterfly.)
    • Children can now cut open all of the loop holes on each side.
    • Have students spread the yarn apart and fluff to create an even snowball look all around!

    2.     The Biggest Snowman Ever and the Snowman Ornament Craft

    In The Biggest Snowman Ever, by Steven Kroll, Clayton and Desmond realize great things happen when they work together. With this Snowman Ornament Craft, don’t be surprised if your students decide to work together and try their hand at making the biggest snowman ornament the world has ever seen!

    What you need:

    • Craft paint in black and white
    • Paintbrush
    • Glue
    • Black marker
    • Googly eyes
    • 8-inch strip of ribbon
    • 8 craft sticks
    • 1 pompom (any color)

    What you do:

    • Ask students to glue 7 craft sticks side-by-side using a strong-hold glue. Lay the sticks on a flat surface and allow the glue to dry.
    • Glue the last craft stick horizontally across the other 7 sticks, about 1-inch up from the end of the sticks. The horizontal craft stick will form the brim on the snowman's hat.
    • Once the glue has dried, encourage students to paint the brim of the hat and above with black paint or another color they like.
    • Instruct students to paint the rest of the sticks white.
    • Once the paint dries, glue 2 googly eyes just below the brim of the hat, followed by the pompom below the eyes, to form the nose.
    • Students can use black market to draw a mouth.
    • Using a strong-hold glue, attach the ribbon to the back of the snowman. Once dry, students can hang up their snowman decoration!

    3.     The Winter Wish and the Winter Wishes Mobile

    In The Winter Wish, by Gillian Shields, William has a simple wish: for it to snow. With this Winter Wishes Mobile your students can share their own winter wishes with the world.

    What you need:

    • White printer paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Glitter (white or silver)
    • Yarn or ribbon
    • Black markers
    • Sturdy branches or wooden rods

    What you do:

    • Pass around 2 to 3 sheets of white printer paper to each student. Show them how to carefully fold and cut a snowflake.
    • Encourage students to write their own winter wishes in the center of their snowflakes using black marker. Add white or silver glitter to the edges for an extra shine.
    • Once the snowflakes are dry, collect and fasten them to colorful yarn or ribbon. Then, tie them to the branch or rod at different lengths so the snowflakes hang like falling snow.

    4.     A Flower in the Snow and Recycled Egg Carton Flowers

    In A Flower in the Snow, by Tracey Corderoy, young readers learn that every flower fades, even one that magically springs up from below the icy tundra. But with these Recycled Egg Carton Flowers, your students won’t have to go far to find flowers that blossom and hold their vibrant color all winter long.

    What you need: 

    • Egg carton
    • Scissors
    • Craft paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Paper clip, skewer, or pencil
    • Pipe cleaner

    What you do:

    • Instruct students to cut up an egg carton separating the cups from the pyramid-shaped center pieces.
    • To create petals, encourage students to trim edges of the egg carton cups and cut notches from the edge of the cup into the center.
    • Ask students to repeat this process for the flower centers or they replace with the pyramid-shaped pieces.
    • Students can now paint both parts of the flower, front and back. Let dry completely.
    • Using a paper clip, pencil, or skewer, help students poke 2 holes in the center of each piece of the flower. Next, thread the pipe cleaner through the holes to attach the flower center to the petals. Pull the pipe cleaner taut and twist to secure.

    Whether students create a snowball that will never melt or a mobile that shares their greatest winter wishes, there’s always a clever and crafty way to engage students this winter season! Looking for more winter book inspiration? Check out our favorite snow stories

     

    Reading and crafting are a great way to support literacy in your classroom. These four winter-inspired books and crafts will not only warm up your students’ hands, hearts, and minds, but they’ll also help them remain actively engaged in the classroom, no matter how cold and blustery it is outside.

    1.     The Snowy Day and the Super-Soft Snowball Craft

    Young readers of The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, learn an important lesson about what happens when you put a snowball in your pocket! With this Super-Soft Snowball Craft, students make a snowball that can withstand the warmest of pockets.

    What you need:

    • White yarn
    • Scissors

    What you do:

    • Instruct students to hold up one hand with their fingers slightly spread apart, and then ask students to wrap one long piece of yarn around their fingers 40 times. (You may need to help students keep their thumbs out of the way.)
    • Ask students to carefully slide their hands out of the roll then help them tie a small piece of yarn horizontally around the center of the roll to create loops on each side. (It should look like a butterfly.)
    • Children can now cut open all of the loop holes on each side.
    • Have students spread the yarn apart and fluff to create an even snowball look all around!

    2.     The Biggest Snowman Ever and the Snowman Ornament Craft

    In The Biggest Snowman Ever, by Steven Kroll, Clayton and Desmond realize great things happen when they work together. With this Snowman Ornament Craft, don’t be surprised if your students decide to work together and try their hand at making the biggest snowman ornament the world has ever seen!

    What you need:

    • Craft paint in black and white
    • Paintbrush
    • Glue
    • Black marker
    • Googly eyes
    • 8-inch strip of ribbon
    • 8 craft sticks
    • 1 pompom (any color)

    What you do:

    • Ask students to glue 7 craft sticks side-by-side using a strong-hold glue. Lay the sticks on a flat surface and allow the glue to dry.
    • Glue the last craft stick horizontally across the other 7 sticks, about 1-inch up from the end of the sticks. The horizontal craft stick will form the brim on the snowman's hat.
    • Once the glue has dried, encourage students to paint the brim of the hat and above with black paint or another color they like.
    • Instruct students to paint the rest of the sticks white.
    • Once the paint dries, glue 2 googly eyes just below the brim of the hat, followed by the pompom below the eyes, to form the nose.
    • Students can use black market to draw a mouth.
    • Using a strong-hold glue, attach the ribbon to the back of the snowman. Once dry, students can hang up their snowman decoration!

    3.     The Winter Wish and the Winter Wishes Mobile

    In The Winter Wish, by Gillian Shields, William has a simple wish: for it to snow. With this Winter Wishes Mobile your students can share their own winter wishes with the world.

    What you need:

    • White printer paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Glitter (white or silver)
    • Yarn or ribbon
    • Black markers
    • Sturdy branches or wooden rods

    What you do:

    • Pass around 2 to 3 sheets of white printer paper to each student. Show them how to carefully fold and cut a snowflake.
    • Encourage students to write their own winter wishes in the center of their snowflakes using black marker. Add white or silver glitter to the edges for an extra shine.
    • Once the snowflakes are dry, collect and fasten them to colorful yarn or ribbon. Then, tie them to the branch or rod at different lengths so the snowflakes hang like falling snow.

    4.     A Flower in the Snow and Recycled Egg Carton Flowers

    In A Flower in the Snow, by Tracey Corderoy, young readers learn that every flower fades, even one that magically springs up from below the icy tundra. But with these Recycled Egg Carton Flowers, your students won’t have to go far to find flowers that blossom and hold their vibrant color all winter long.

    What you need: 

    • Egg carton
    • Scissors
    • Craft paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Paper clip, skewer, or pencil
    • Pipe cleaner

    What you do:

    • Instruct students to cut up an egg carton separating the cups from the pyramid-shaped center pieces.
    • To create petals, encourage students to trim edges of the egg carton cups and cut notches from the edge of the cup into the center.
    • Ask students to repeat this process for the flower centers or they replace with the pyramid-shaped pieces.
    • Students can now paint both parts of the flower, front and back. Let dry completely.
    • Using a paper clip, pencil, or skewer, help students poke 2 holes in the center of each piece of the flower. Next, thread the pipe cleaner through the holes to attach the flower center to the petals. Pull the pipe cleaner taut and twist to secure.

    Whether students create a snowball that will never melt or a mobile that shares their greatest winter wishes, there’s always a clever and crafty way to engage students this winter season! Looking for more winter book inspiration? Check out our favorite snow stories

     

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