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January 17, 2017

Snowman Themed Activities That Are SNOW Much Fun!

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    We recently had a snow day and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! The beautiful snowflakes falling outside created the ideal setting and mood as I sat at my computer preparing to share some super fun snow and snowman activities for you and your students.  

    The snow day came just one day after we returned to school from our winter break, and provided a natural segue to begin our snowman unit. In Idaho, we are lucky enough to get to see, touch, and even taste snow. The hands-on encounter for my students is just wonderful — nothing can replace this experience.

    Once back in school, I really (really, really, really) didn't want to go outside for recess duty in this weather. But it's funny, because after listening to the squeals of joy coming from the kids as they played in the snow, seeing all the smiles on their sweet faces, and watching the true beauty of a snowfall, I left that playground with a very full heart! I think I could've stayed outside watching those kids play all day long!

    After being outside on a cold, snowy day, it would be very nice to treat your students to a hot chocolate break (and, coincidenally it goes perfectly with our snowman unit). There are lots of recipes for making hot chocolate, but these are my favorite two! The first one is easy-peasy — all you'll need is a gallon of chocolate milk and a slow cooker. Just pour the chocolate milk in the slow cooker, set the temperature to low, and then let it warm up for a couple of hours. It goes without saying, but check to make sure the hot chocolate is not too hot for your kiddos. I love to have mini-marshmallows and candy canes to add to our yummy drinks!

    If you want to get all fancy, you can serve Hot Chocolate on a Stick! The kids will LOVE it! It's relatively simple, but you will have to do a little prep at home. I like this recipe for hot chocolate because it gives my kids an opportunity to dabble in learning about solids and liquids. The marshmallows provide that opportunity also. Hands-on learning that happens in the real world is the best, and in my book, it doesn't get better — or yummier — than this!

     

    Sneezy the Snowman Writing Activity

    Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold! To warm up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire — and MELTS! Even though Sneezy keeps doing things that make him melt, the children are always right there to rebuild him and give him clothes to keep this little snowman warm. Very cute story!

    After reading the story, I have my kids write about things a snowman should not do. When the kids finish, you can put their writing up on a bulletin board or make into a class book that your kids can read time and time again.  

    Roll-a-Snowman Math Game

    Have you ever played Roll-a-Snowman? This is a really cute and easy game that's just so much fun for kids to play! They love any game that involves dice! Your students will take turns rolling a die and then draw the snowman according to the key. Whoever draws a snowman first, is the winner. Yes, it's that simple! Just click on the image below to print the directions. The kids will have fun and practice counting and identifying numbers all at the same time! Win-win!

     

    Brain Breaks for Snowy Days and Indoor Recess

    (and why they're so important)

    Brain breaks increase activity and educational performance in students. Kids need to move —” and grownups do too! Unfortunately, a lot of people are not trained to think of movement as part of the school day, and simply speaking, that needs to change. Winter months can be especially brutal for kids with outside playtime being reduced due to inclement weather.  

    Brain breaks:

    • Use movement to stimulate the brain
    • Improve coordination
    • Improve concentration
    • Enable students to become calm, alert, and ready to learn

    There is a great article on Real Mom Nutrition called, "Why Students Need Brain Breaks and How You Can Help." This is a must-read for all educators! She covers why movement matters, how brain breaks help our children, and gives lots and lots of resources that make brain breaks easy and fun to do. Best of all, they're FREE!

    Make Snow Angels

    What could be better than making snow angels? Here in Idaho, it's no problem, we have plenty of snow! I can take 10 minutes out of our day to go outside and do a snow angel brain break. But, there's no need to worry if you don't have snow. Just tell your students to get on the floor (spreading out so they don't bump into each other) and make snow angels. This is a super silly, but fun way to have a brain break and refocus on learning. I assure you, your kids are going to LOVE this one!

    Try this Snowman Dance with your class! My kinders enjoy dancing. Songs like this give them one more opportunity to practice following directions, and in kindergarten, that is a skill we work on continuously.

    Snowman Puzzle Art Activity

     

     

     

    Use this quick and easy Snowman Puzzle art activity from Scholastic Teachables to review the properties of solids and liquids and reinforce art concepts such as shape, line and pattern.

    Scholastic Teachables gives you instant, unlimited access to thousands of skills sheets, activities, lesson plans and more. These classroom resources are created by teachers and vetted by your trusted friends at Scholastic. Save time and money, and browse with confidence. Plus, you can try it free for 30 days!

    Here is my cute daughter, Ally, enjoying her snow day in our winter wonderland!

    Hope you have fun trying out some of these snowman activities with your class. Thanks for reading my post, and don't forget to take some time to snuggle up with a cozy blanket, drink a warm cup of cocoa, and most of all —” have a fabulous day!

    Hugs,

    Shari

    We recently had a snow day and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! The beautiful snowflakes falling outside created the ideal setting and mood as I sat at my computer preparing to share some super fun snow and snowman activities for you and your students.  

    The snow day came just one day after we returned to school from our winter break, and provided a natural segue to begin our snowman unit. In Idaho, we are lucky enough to get to see, touch, and even taste snow. The hands-on encounter for my students is just wonderful — nothing can replace this experience.

    Once back in school, I really (really, really, really) didn't want to go outside for recess duty in this weather. But it's funny, because after listening to the squeals of joy coming from the kids as they played in the snow, seeing all the smiles on their sweet faces, and watching the true beauty of a snowfall, I left that playground with a very full heart! I think I could've stayed outside watching those kids play all day long!

    After being outside on a cold, snowy day, it would be very nice to treat your students to a hot chocolate break (and, coincidenally it goes perfectly with our snowman unit). There are lots of recipes for making hot chocolate, but these are my favorite two! The first one is easy-peasy — all you'll need is a gallon of chocolate milk and a slow cooker. Just pour the chocolate milk in the slow cooker, set the temperature to low, and then let it warm up for a couple of hours. It goes without saying, but check to make sure the hot chocolate is not too hot for your kiddos. I love to have mini-marshmallows and candy canes to add to our yummy drinks!

    If you want to get all fancy, you can serve Hot Chocolate on a Stick! The kids will LOVE it! It's relatively simple, but you will have to do a little prep at home. I like this recipe for hot chocolate because it gives my kids an opportunity to dabble in learning about solids and liquids. The marshmallows provide that opportunity also. Hands-on learning that happens in the real world is the best, and in my book, it doesn't get better — or yummier — than this!

     

    Sneezy the Snowman Writing Activity

    Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold! To warm up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire — and MELTS! Even though Sneezy keeps doing things that make him melt, the children are always right there to rebuild him and give him clothes to keep this little snowman warm. Very cute story!

    After reading the story, I have my kids write about things a snowman should not do. When the kids finish, you can put their writing up on a bulletin board or make into a class book that your kids can read time and time again.  

    Roll-a-Snowman Math Game

    Have you ever played Roll-a-Snowman? This is a really cute and easy game that's just so much fun for kids to play! They love any game that involves dice! Your students will take turns rolling a die and then draw the snowman according to the key. Whoever draws a snowman first, is the winner. Yes, it's that simple! Just click on the image below to print the directions. The kids will have fun and practice counting and identifying numbers all at the same time! Win-win!

     

    Brain Breaks for Snowy Days and Indoor Recess

    (and why they're so important)

    Brain breaks increase activity and educational performance in students. Kids need to move —” and grownups do too! Unfortunately, a lot of people are not trained to think of movement as part of the school day, and simply speaking, that needs to change. Winter months can be especially brutal for kids with outside playtime being reduced due to inclement weather.  

    Brain breaks:

    • Use movement to stimulate the brain
    • Improve coordination
    • Improve concentration
    • Enable students to become calm, alert, and ready to learn

    There is a great article on Real Mom Nutrition called, "Why Students Need Brain Breaks and How You Can Help." This is a must-read for all educators! She covers why movement matters, how brain breaks help our children, and gives lots and lots of resources that make brain breaks easy and fun to do. Best of all, they're FREE!

    Make Snow Angels

    What could be better than making snow angels? Here in Idaho, it's no problem, we have plenty of snow! I can take 10 minutes out of our day to go outside and do a snow angel brain break. But, there's no need to worry if you don't have snow. Just tell your students to get on the floor (spreading out so they don't bump into each other) and make snow angels. This is a super silly, but fun way to have a brain break and refocus on learning. I assure you, your kids are going to LOVE this one!

    Try this Snowman Dance with your class! My kinders enjoy dancing. Songs like this give them one more opportunity to practice following directions, and in kindergarten, that is a skill we work on continuously.

    Snowman Puzzle Art Activity

     

     

     

    Use this quick and easy Snowman Puzzle art activity from Scholastic Teachables to review the properties of solids and liquids and reinforce art concepts such as shape, line and pattern.

    Scholastic Teachables gives you instant, unlimited access to thousands of skills sheets, activities, lesson plans and more. These classroom resources are created by teachers and vetted by your trusted friends at Scholastic. Save time and money, and browse with confidence. Plus, you can try it free for 30 days!

    Here is my cute daughter, Ally, enjoying her snow day in our winter wonderland!

    Hope you have fun trying out some of these snowman activities with your class. Thanks for reading my post, and don't forget to take some time to snuggle up with a cozy blanket, drink a warm cup of cocoa, and most of all —” have a fabulous day!

    Hugs,

    Shari

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