Our first book we focused on for our Summer Reading Program was "The Snowy Day", by Ezra Jack Keats. In case you haven't read it, it's a beautifully illustrated story about a small boy in a big city enjoying a day in the snow.
We started off with white playdough (here's my favorite recipe), and all the stuff to make snowmen. I had bottle caps (painted black) for hats, googly eyes, orange pipe cleaner noses, felt scarves, small sticks (from my back yard) for arms, and buttons. I didn't tell the kids we were making snowmen, I just set the supplies on the table and let them do whatever they chose. Some made snowmen, some didn't, and it was all okay.
Snow Paint and gave the kids free reign to paint whatever they wanted. I forgot to take pictures of their creations though, oops. This paint is quick and easy to make, with ingredients you already have in your cupboard. It has some salt in it, which gives the finished art work a slightly glittery effect, almost like real snow.
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies, but I ran out of time. Oh well...
For our Sensory Play I turned the kids loose to play in some shaving cream "snow". Most of them liked it, but some just weren't too sure about getting all messy. My kids dove right in, we love shaving cream free play at our house!
pom pom snowball fight. The kids LOVED this. They had way too much fun pelting me with snowballs.
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