Thursday, December 8, 2011

Storytime Review

It's Still Snowing in the Library!

Our second week using a snow theme was as fun as our first. Our topic leaned more toward snowmen this week as we read, Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer, Penelope in Winter by Anne Gutman, There was a Cold Lady who Swallowed some Snow! by Lucille Colandro, Hello Snow by Hope Vestergaard and Snow by Roy McKie.  We created a paper plate snowman using accessories like scarves, pom pom ear muffs and paper carrot noses. Twisted chenille stems made the "stick" arms for our snowmen. My favorite part was the faces drawn on by the kids, not only were they cute but made each snowman unique.

One of the best activities this week was the magic snowman who changes color. We would recite the following:
I'm a little snowman
Short and fat
I can change color
When you clap!
I used a manila mailing envelope and cut out a snowman shape then laminated over the cutout. I added about 8 sheets of colored paper behind the cutout, inside the envelope. Starting with white we repeated the poem and when the children clapped I would pull out the top sheet, making the snowman change color. This was a hit! The kids liked guessing what color the snowman would be next. When the snowman turned yellow one of the boys said in a most serious voice, "You shouldn't eat the yellow snow!". This caused many chuckles from the parents at the back of the room.  I included the snowman in the photo this week so you can see how easy it was to make. I added the details like the hat and carrot nose and buttons from a clip art snowman.

We sang I'm a little snowman to the tune of I'm a little teapot and Hat, Whiskers, Belt and Boots to the tune of Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. The older class also played a game with a snowflake and a sun stick puppet. I would say an activity and we would hold up either the snowflake or the sun depending which season you would do the activity in. Skiing, Sledding, and Ice Skating were all examples of things to do in winter. Visiting the beach, going barefoot, and running through the sprinkler were examples of things to do when it is warmer. Some things like going to the library, riding in the car, and watching TV were examples of things you do in both types of weather.

Next week: Christmas
Michele, Children's Librarian

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