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 engaged in the classroom, no matter how cold and blustery it is outside.
1. Pug's Snow Day and the Super-Soft Snowball Craft
Young readers will delight in the graphic novel, Pug's Snow Day: A Branches Book (Diary of a Pug #2). Bub the pug does not like the snow — it's slippery, freezing cold, and wet! Read to your students and find out if Bub is able to get past his fear of snow. With this Super-Soft Snowball Craft, students make a snowball and visualize the snow that Bub, and his human Bella, encounter on a frosty winter day.
What you need:
- White yarn
What you do:
- Instruct students to hold up one hand with their fingers slightly spread apart, and then ask them 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.)
- Students can now cut open all of the loop holes on each side.
- Have them spread the yarn apart and fluff it out to create an even snowball look all around!