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Snow

SNOWFLAKE ART
Try the fun wintertime activities below with your group.
Have your children glue precut snow people shapes onto dark blue construction paper and add details with crayons. Pour small amounts of white tempera paint over sponges placed in shallow pans. Then invite the children to press their fingertips onto the sponges and make fingerprint “snowflakes” all over their papers.
Let the children use white chalk to draw snowflakes on dark colored paper. Show them how to make a large X shape and then draw a horizontal line across the middle of the X to make a six-pointed snowflake base. Have them decorate the lines of their snowflake bases with the chalk any way they wish.

 
GROUP SNOW SCENE
Set out a large piece of dark blue paper. Let your children glue or tape evergreen sprigs and leafless twigs onto the paper for trees. Then have them glue cotton below the trees and on the tree “branches” for snow. When they have finished, have them fill the rest of the paper with falling snowflakes by gluing on small bits of cotton.
 
SNOWFLAKE MATCH

Cut out five different matching pairs of snowflakes. To make each pair, flatten two fluted coffee filters and place one on top of the other. Fold the filters into fourths to form a cone shape and cut designs out of the folded edges. (Be sure to cut a different set of designs out of each pair.) Open the filters and tape each snowflake onto a piece of black paper. Then mix up the papers and let your children take turns finding the matching snowflakes.
 
FUN WITH SIX
Display pictures of snowflakes and count the number of points with your children. Help them to see that although each snowflake is unique, they all have six points.
Give each child a piece of paper with the numeral 6 on it. Then let the children use snowflake-shaped rubber stamps and washable inkpads to make six snowflake prints on their papers
Make six “snowballs” by crumpling newspaper into ball shapes and covering them with white tissue paper. Let the children take turns tossing the six snowballs into a large tub, counting as they go.
 
SNOW SCIENCE

Spoon snow into three containers. Add drops of red and blue food coloring to one container, drops of red and yellow to another, and drops of blue and yellow to the third. What new colors are formed as the snow melts?
Place one cup of snow outdoors, one indoors, and one in the freezer. Observe what happens during the day. Why are the results different?
 
OUTDOOR SNOW FUN
Help your children make a small snow person. Let them decorate their creation for the birds with such treats as seeds, nuts, dry cereal pieces, popcorn, and dried fruit.
Glue circles of black felt inside small plastic lids and place the lids in the freezer. On a snowy day, let the children catch falling snowflakes in the lids to observe with magnifying glasses.
Do traditional fun things in the snow with your group: Make snow angels, have a sled ride, follow a leader by stepping in his or her footprints, and so forth. Warm up later with cups of cocoa!
 
SNOWFLAKES, SNOWFLAKES

Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Snowflakes, snowflakes dancing round, (Dance fingers around.)
Gently falling to the ground. (Wiggle fingers downward.)
See them drifting to and fro. (Sway fingers back and forth)
See them twirling fast, then slow. (Wiggle fingers in fast and slow circles.)
Snowflakes, snowflakes dancing round. (Dance fingers around.)
Gently falling to the ground. (Wiggle fingers downward.)
Liz Ryerson

 

SNOWY MUFFINS
Make or purchase muffins for your group. Spread honey or white frosting on top of the muffins. Then let the children sprinkle flaked coconut over their muffin tops for “snow.”