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My Mommy School Philosophy
Mommy School is all about constructive fun with developmentally appropriate learning!
My philosophy is that toddlers learn through experiences. I believe that toddlers learn by seeing and doing, so Mommy School is intended to be action-based. I believe that most 2- and 3-year-olds are not yet ready for pencil/paper activities simply because they don’t learn this way! My hope is to provide you with a few tools to help guide your toddler’s learning. For me, the most exciting part about teaching my toddler is seeing the world through his eyes. He is starting to understand the world for the very first time! Because this is the first time that our toddlers are exposed to many concepts, please don’t expect your toddler to catch on immediately. It can be difficult at times to gage your own success because toddlers can’t always communicate exactly what they are learning. You will see their progress later on as they continue to build connections to the world around them! I compile a variety of activities in my Mommy School units, but I don’t expect to do them all. Allow your child to experience letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and other thematic elements in their own unique way. You will quickly see that your child thrives with some learning methods and not others. Pick and choose activities that work best for you and your child. I am trained as an Early Childhood Educator, and I taught First Grade for 4 years. However, I am building my Mommy School units from a mother’s perspective. I am a Mom first, and a Teacher second. Remember that I have searched the web high and low seeking the very best toddler activities. I am not the genius behind all of them—I simply gather them all in one place. Be sure to look at the credits section for more great ideas! Most of all have fun! Children will see your attitude, and will respond similarly. Enjoy discovering the world with your child.

Good luck!

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Ww
winter
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Mommy School Unit
Letter: W Color: White Number: 2 Song: Once There Was a Snowman (Music found here.)

WINTER

ACTIVITIES & GAMES
Snowman Mystery Bag Invite your child to take out items from a mystery bag. Include items such as: • Carrot nose • Button • Top hat • Broom • Ice (real or some sort of clear rock) Ask your child to guess what these items are—a melted snowman! This would be a fun introduction to your winter unit! Snow Globe Sensory Tub Create a sensory tub using fake snow (you could also use shredded paper or packing peanuts). To create snow globes, hot glue plastic figurines inside the lids of different sized jars (baby food jars, plastic jars, pickle jars, etc.) Some other ideas for a snow sensory tub include: • White or clear beads • Clear and white lids • White pompoms • Polar bears • Silver plastic ornaments • Silver garland • Mini snowmen and penguins • Cotton balls • Mini snowflakes and white • Pinecones stars
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Mitten ABC Page Call out a letter of the alphabet for your child using the attached mitten page. Ask child to circle the letter with a dry erase marker when they find it. Erase and start over! Indoor Snow Create your own indoor snow by filling a turkey roaster pan with cotton batting or cotton balls. Encourage child to use mittens to play in the snow! You could also use shovels or kitchen utensils to mix up the snow! Marshmallow Igloos Build igloos out of marshmallows! Snow Activities Bundle up and play outside in the snow! You may consider some of these activities: • Build a snowman or snow animal. • Build an igloo, snow tunnel, or snow cave. • Take a spray bottle filled with colored water and make snow art by spraying them in the snow! • Go sledding. • Use the same tools you would use for sand castles to build snow castles. • Press cookie cutters in the snow to make shapes. • Use letter cookie cutters to write a message in the snow. • Catch snowflakes on black paper or black felt and examine them inside with a magnifying glass. • If it’s very cold outside, blow bubbles! Bubbles won’t pop if it’s in negative temperatures. Snow Tracks Use a variety of objects (cars, spoons, shoes, etc.) to make tracks in the snow. Encourage child to follow the sets of tracks and play a guessing game to determine what made each set of tracks. Winter Walk Go on a winter walk around the neighborhood together. Talk about the changes you see in nature. Use the attached winter scavenger hunt to help your child explore the outdoors.
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Hide the Mitten Instead of hiding a thimble, play hide the mitten! Ice Cube Races Color water different colors before freezing it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, race the ice cubes down a ramp. Snow Words Write words in glue on blue construction paper. (You could also write the words in sharpie and ask child to trace the words in glue for extra practice.) Sprinkle the glue with fake snow. You could also use sugar or white/silver glitter. Let glue dry. This would be really fun to do with your child’s name or sight words. Shaving Cream Snow Spread out shaving cream across a table or desk. Encourage children to write letters or numbers in shaving cream “snow.” Snowman Sequence Use the attached snowman sequencing cards. Look at the pictures and determine what happened first, second, third, and fourth! Ice Cube Game Play hot potato with an ice cube! The person left holding the ice cube when the music stops, is out! You can sing this song as you go: Pass the Ice Cube (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Pass, pass, pass the ice cube Pass it very fast. Pass, pass, pass, pass How long will it last? Box Snowman Create an indoor snowman using boxes! Cover a small, medium, and large box with white paper. Stack them according to size with the little one being the head. Add eyes, nose, mouth, arms, hat, and buttons.

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Mitten Match Collect all of the mittens and gloves you can find. Hide each mitten/glove around the room, and challenge your child to find matching pairs of mittens! Sing this song as you are searching for pairs: Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It Each mitten has a mate, has a mate. Each mitten has a mate, has a mate. Can (child’s name) find the pair? (He/She) is looking here and there. Can (child’s name) find the mate, Find the mate? Creative Writing Complete the attached creative writing sheet by completing the sentence: My mitten is so big a _______ could fit inside. Help child to draw a picture of their mitten! This would make a fun class book! Snowmen Names Create a snowman by spelling out your name! Write one letter of child’s name on paper plates. Stack on top of each other. Decorate a snowman head for the top circle. Add a hat or any other embellishments as desired!

Source: Under the Big Top

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Winter PreWriting Use the attached pre-writing sheet to help your child trace the paths to match the scarves to the hats. Indoor Snowball Fight Have an indoor snowball fight using socks or large marshmallows or cotton balls! Alternatively, you could have a snowball fight by writing ABC’s on white pieces of paper. Crumple them up and throw them around for a while. Invite children to stop throwing and identify the letter on his/her paper! Winter Pre-Writing Use the attached winter pre-writing to practice handwriting skills by tracing the path from the scarf to the winter hat!

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ARTS & CRAFTS
Snowflakes Fold coffee filters and cut interesting shapes to create snowflakes! You could also try folding paper into triangles and using a hole punch to create interesting shapes and patterns as an alternative to scissors. Fluffy Snowman Cut out a snowman shape out of white construction paper. Add eyes, nose, arms, and hat using other construction paper. Glue cotton balls all over the snowman’s body. Add buttons if desired.

Source: The Imagination Tree

Marshmallow Snowflake/Snowman Draw a snowflake shape with glue on a blue piece of construction paper. Ask child to use miniature marshmallows to cover the glue outline. Add glitter to your snowflake picture if desired! You could use the same method to create a snowman. Snowman Art Collage Create a snowman using a small paper doily, medium, and large. Layer them together on construction paper. Decorate using a variety of materials including pompoms, tissue paper, wiggly eyes, buttons, etc.

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Epsom Salt Snowflakes Cut out a snowflake shape out of paper. Paint with a thick mixture of Epsom salt and water. This will look crystallized—like a real snowflake! Doily Snowflake Place a doily on a paper plate. Use a sponge to sponge-paint over the doily with blue paint. After covering the whole plate, remove the doily to see the snowflake design. Q-Tip Snowflake Give child small circle cut from wax paper. Have them glue on Q-tips in the rough shape of a snowflake, with all touching in a middle puddle of glue. Sprinkle glitter on the snowflake and then let it dry for a couple of days. You can even peel it from the paper and you have a snowflake! Jell-O Art Give child an ice cube. Sprinkle Kool-Aid or Jell-O on the child’s paper. (You could also use powdered Tempera Paint.) Let them use a Popsicile stick to push the powder around to create a colorful design! Snowflake Painting Use painters’ tape to create a snowflake shape on canvas board as shown below. Then invite child to paint on top of the snowflake “stencil.” Peel paint off, and you have a lovely snowflake painting!

Source: Frugal Family Fun Blog

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Mitten Handprint Trace child’s hand with fingers close together and thumb spread apart to create a mitten shape. Trace in sharpie and cut out. Allow child to decorate any way he/she chooses! Add cotton balls along the bottom of the mitten’s outline. Snow Paint Create snow paint by mixing equal parts of white glue and shaving cream. Smear over snowflake or snowman shapes. You could also use the snow paint to create a snowman. Add construction paper eyes, nose, mouth, scarf, and hat if desired.

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Glittering Snowball Blow up a small balloon. Dip yarn pieces into a mixture of glue and water. Then have them put the yarn all over the balloon until it is covered. Pour glitter over the balloon and let it dry. When dry, you can pop the balloon and remove. Snowman Balloon Prints Blow up a balloon. Let child roll in paint and press onto paper to create a snowman. Once dry, draw on face, hat, and arms.
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Towel Paper Roll Snowman Paint a toilet paper roll white. Add eyes and a nose. Decorate with yarn to create a scarf. A baby sock would make a cute hat!

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Mitten Prints Use outgrown mittens to create mitten prints in paint! Have child place hands in mittens and press in paint and then onto paper. Add glitter if desired. Bubble Wrap Snowman Cut out 1 small circle from bubble wrap, 1 medium circle, and 1 large circle. Press onto white paint and then press onto black construction paper. This will look like a snowman made from snowballs! Glittery Snowflakes Cut a green pepper in half crosswise. Dip in white paint and press down onto dark-colored construction paper. Add glitter or embossing glitter for texture before the paint dries.

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SCIENCE
Sticky Ice Place a piece of ice in a bowl of water. (Should float on top.) Give your child a string and have them try to pick up the ice. They will not be able to do this. Then help them lay the string gently across the ice and put salt over the ice cube. Slowly count to 10 and the ice will stick to the string! Sparkle Soap Mud Have a sensory play experience by making sparkle soap mud! This will create a soft, foamy goop that will leave your child feeling clean! Grate 3 bars of solid soap into shavings. Tear up a toilet paper roll into tiny pieces. Mix together in a large tub. Pour 2 jugs of very warm water (warm enough to melt the soap shavings) and mix it all together with your hands! If it is too wet, add more ripped toilet paper. If it is too pasty, then add more water. Add some glitter if desired! You can use a potato masher or a wire whisk to make a pulpy, bubbly, smooth mush. Ice Rainbows Crush up some ice and place in a small tub or container. Drop water colored with food coloring and watch the colors travel down the ice pieces and blend in with the other colors. Freezing Water Experiment Experiment with freezing different sized containers of water outside. Which container will freeze the fastest? Make a prediction and then see if you’re right! Save Your Snowflakes Now you can bring your snow inside! Freeze a piece of glass and a hairspray can (aerosol) overnight. Spray the chilled glass with the chilled hairspray. Go outside and let some snowflakes settle on the glass. When you have enough flakes, bring glass inside. Allow it to thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes. Now you will have a permanent record of your snowflakes!
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Snowball Predictions Invite each child to place a snowball in a Ziplock baggie and predict what will happen. Predict how long it will take for the snowballs to melt. For extra fun, place snowballs in different areas of the house to see what happens.

MATH
Mitten Math Use the attached Mitten Math worksheet to count the mittens inside each box. Snowman Button Match Use the attached snowmen to match buttons according to the numbers on the snowmen’s hats. Roll a Snowman Play the attached Roll a Snowman Game. Roll a dice and count the dots to create a snowman. Snowball Catch Write numbers in the bottom of each section of an empty egg carton. Have each child put 1 snowball (cotton ball) in the egg carton. Close the cover and shake it. Then open it up and see which number it landed in. Then ask child to count out that many snowballs. Snowman Bowling Go snowman bowling! Wrap 10 water bottles with white paper. Draw a snowman face at the top of each one. Go bowling with a small ball. Each time you bowl, count the pins that were knocked down. Mitten Measurement Create a large mitten using a poster board, cardboard, or large piece of construction paper! Measure how long the mitten is using a variety of different household objects: • Unifix cubes • Paperclips • Pencils • Pennies, etc.
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Puzzles Put together the attached mitten puzzle and the snowman number puzzle. Snowman Size Discrimination Complete the attached snowman size discrimination activity by placing snowmen in order by sizes. Penguin Pattern Blocks Pre-K has a fun penguin pattern block mat you can download here to practice geometry: http://prekinders.com/winter-theme/

LITERATURE CONNECTIONS
Snowmen At Night After reading the story, create your own Snowmen at Night portrait. Do a chalk drawing on black construction paper. Create a scene of snowmen… encourage child to draw what he/she thinks the snowmen really do at night! Froggy Gets Dressed After reading Froggy Gets Dressed, set up a dramatic play area with coats, boots, mittens, scarves, gloves, etc. Take pictures of each child/family member dressed up in their winter clothes. Create a small book using your pictures.

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MAGICAL MITTEN DAY
Have a “Magical Mitten Day” where all of the activities are focused on the story “The Mitten.” Ask your child wear his/her mittens all day! Consider some of the following activities: • Gather animal figurines and create a HUGE mitten out of paper. Have child choose an animal and decide on an action word that would describe how they come into the mitten. (The cat crawled in; the rhino ran it, etc.) • Cut 2 pieces of felt in the shape of a mitten. Put Velcro around the sides and leave the top open. Count how many plastic animals fit inside the mitten before the mitten bursts open. • Lace up paper mittens! • Create a mitten snack. Cut pita bread into halves. Spread marshmallow crème inside, and sprinkle coconut as snow on the top. Place animal crackers into the pocket. Eat and enjoy! • Act out math problems using plastic animals and your mitten! (For example, put in 2 tigers and 1 elephant. How many animals are inside your mitten now?) • Use your mittens to measure objects around the room. • Ask child to think of words to describe their mitten. • Jan Brett has some incredible activities on her website to correspond with her story. These character masks would be a fun way to retell the story: http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_masks_main.htm • Jan Brett also offers this printable “Put the animals in the mitten” activity: http://www.janbrett.com/put_the_animals_in_the_mitten.htm
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The Mitten In the Snow
Sing to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”

The mitten in the snow The mitten in the snow Help us please so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow The mole snuggles in The mole snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The mole snuggles in The rabbit snuggles in The rabbit snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The rabbit snuggles in The hedgehog snuggles in The hedgehog snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The hedgehog snuggles in

The owl snuggles in The owl snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The owl snuggles in The badger snuggles in The badger snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The badger snuggles in The fox snuggles in The fox snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The fox snuggles in The bear snuggles in The bear snuggles in Help us please so we won’t freeze! The bear snuggles in

Uh! Oh! The field mouse is on the bear’s nose Uh! Oh! Ahchoo! The mitten in the snow

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FLANNEL BOARD FUN
Use the attached flannel board stories to tell the following stories: • Build a Snowman • Five Little Snowmen • My Poor Little Kitten • A Chubby Little Snowman

FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Snowman Lacing Draw a snowman face on a white paper plate. Punch holes all the way around the border of the paper plate. Help child lace around the snowman face using yarn or a shoelace!

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Ice Skating Demonstrate how to “ice skate” using paper plates on your feet. Place a paper plate under each foot. Move around by sliding feet along as though you are ice skating! You could also play a “freeze” game where you start and stop “skating” to music. Snow Ball Target Practice Create some targets using paper plates. You can make these as basic as you wish or decorate them with snowmen, etc. Hang from the ceiling by punching a hole and hanging with string at different heights. Make “snowballs” using packing peanuts or marshmallows and wrapping them up in ziplock baggies. (You may want to secure them with packaging tape.) Have snowball target practice! Help child aim for different targets and practice throwing.

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Snowball on a Spoon Give child a Styrofoam ball (or pingpong ball) to carry on a large spoon. Encourage each child to try walking as slowly and rapidly as they can without jarring the ball from the spoon. Dance Around the Snowman Sing this song while moving around a snowman! (You could do this outside around a real snowman or inside around the box snowman described previously.) This is the way we dance around, Dance around, dance around. This is the way we dance around, Our snowman in the morning. • Skip around • Twirl around • Crawl around • Hop around • Spin around • Gallop around • Sneak around • Tiptoe around

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BOOKS
50 Below Zero – Robert Miunsch A Silly Snowy Day – Michael Coleman All You Need for a Snowman – Alice Schertle Animals in Winter – Henrietta Bancroft The Biggest, Best Snowman – Margery Cuyler Bear Snores On – Karma Wilson The Big Snow – Berta and Elmer Hader Curious George in the Snow – H.A. Rey Dream Snow – Eric Carle The First Day of Winter – Denise Fleming Fooprints in the Snow – Cynthia Benjamin Froggy Gets Dressed – Jonathan London Frozen Noses – Jan Carr Geraldine’s Big Snow – Holly Keller The Hat – Jan Brett Hello, Snow! – Hope Vestergaard How to Build a Snowman – Jo Moon Huggly’s Snow Day – Tedd Arnold The Jacket I Wear in the Snow – Shirley Neitzel Just a Snowman – Mercer Mayer Just a Snowy Vacation – Mercer Mayer Katy and the Big Snow – Virginia Lee Burton Mama, Do You Love Me? – Barbara Joosse Millions of Snowflakes – Mary McKenna Siddals Missing Mittens – Stuart Murphy The Missing Mitten Mystery – Steven Kelloggho The Mitten – Alvin Tresselt The Mitten – Jan Brett One Snowy Night – Christina Butler Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? – Eric Carle Sneezy the Snowman – Maureen Wright Snow Day! – Barbara Joosse The Snow Parade – Barbara Brenner Snow Party – Harriet Ziefert Snowballs – Lois Ehlert The Snowman – Raymond Briggs
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Snowmen At Night – Carolyn Buehner Snowman in Paradise – Michael Roberts The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats Tacky the Penguin – Helen Lester There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow – Lucille Colandro This Place In the Snow – Rebecca Bond Thomas’ Snowsuit – Robert Munsch The Tiny Snowflake – Art Ginolfi White Snow, Bright Snow – Alvin Tresselt

SNACKS
Snowball Snack ¾ c. peanut butter ½ c. honey 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¾ c. oatmeal ¼ c. graham cracker crumbs Powdered sugar In large bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls. Roll into powdered sugar. (Makes about 14 balls). Snowman Soup Drink snowman soup! Use the attached poem to recite while you make your own! You can also use this recipe: 3 c. powdered sugar 1 c. nonfat dry milk 2 c. instant NesQuik or instant chocolate milk ¾ c. non dairy creamer 1 lg. (6-oz.) box instant chocolate pudding. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and store in air-tight container. To enjoy add 3 T. to a cup of boiling water. (Adjust to taste!) Serve with a candy cane, mini marshmallows, and Hershey kisses. Enjoy!

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Polar Bear Sandwich You will need: • English muffin • Cream cheese • Hard boiled egg • Apple slice • Blueberries • Grapes • Red peppers Create a polar bear sandwich using an English muffin and spread with cream cheese for the head. Add egg halves for the ears, an apple slice for the snout, blueberries for the eyes, a grape half for the nose, and red peppers for the mouth.

Source: Counting Coconuts

Snow Ice Cream Create your own “snow” ice cream! 8 c. clean snow 1-1.5 c. milk ½ c. sugar ½ tsp. vanilla Gather 8 c. clean snow. Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla. Stir and enjoy! Polar Bear Oreo Create a polar bear Oreo by dipping an Oreo in white chocolate. Add mini marshmallows as ears; brown M&M’s or chocolate chips as eyes; a raisin for a nose!

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Banana Snowman You will need: • Banana slices • Apple wedge • Blueberry • Mini chocolate chips • Piece of carrot • Celery slices • Bamboo skewer Slice bananas fairly thick. Create a snowman by skewing 3 banana slices on a bamboo skewer. Top with an apple hat for each snowman and a blueberry. Use mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons and a tiny carrot slice for a nose. Add thinly sliced celery pieces as arms.

Source: Totally Tots

Snowman Sandwich You will need: • Sandwich • Mini chocolate chips • Carrot piece • Wheat thin • Pretzels • Grapes After making a sandwich, cut out a large circle for the base of the snowman and a smaller circle for the head. Add mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth; a piece of a carrot for the nose; a wheat thin for the hat; pretzels for the arms; grape halves for the buttons.
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Source: Counting Coconuts

Snowflake Snack Dip 4 small pretzels in white chocolate and press together in a circle to create a snowflake! Penguin Snack You will need: * An English muffin * A carrot * Cream cheese * Sliced black olives Slice the carrot and cut 2 small triangles in 2 pieces for the feet. Save one of the triangle pieces to use as a beak. Separate and toast the English muffin. Next, cut each side of one half of the muffin to create 2 wings for your penguin. Spread cream cheese on the penguin’s belly and lay it on plate. Arrange wings next to your penguin. Add carrot beak and feet and an olive slice for an eye.

Source: Totally Tots

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Songs & Finger plays
Snowflakes (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Snowflakes, snowflakes falling down, On the trees and on the ground. I will build a man of snow, Tall black hat and eyes of coal. If the sun comes out today, I will watch you melt away! Dance Like Snowflakes (Tune: Are You Sleeping) Dance like snowflakes, Dance like snowflakes. In the air. in the air. Whirling, twirling snowflakes. Whirling, twirling snowflakes. Here and there, here and there.

Pretty Snowflakes (Tune: London Bridges) Pretty snowflakes falling down, Falling down, falling down. Pretty snowflakes falling down All through the town. Pretty snowflakes on the street, On the grass, on my feet. Pretty snowflakes falling down All through the town. I Love Snow (Tune: Three Blind Mice) I love snow, I love snow. Soft white snow. Soft white snow. It falls on the ground so soft and white. Sometimes it falls all through the night. Did you ever see such a beautiful sight-As soft white snow? Ring Around the Snowman (Tune: Ring Around the Rosies) Ring around the snowman, A pocket full of snow. Snowflakes, snowflakes, We all fall down! A Sledding We Will Go (Tune: A Hunting We Will Go) A sledding we will go A sledding we will go We’ll hold on tight and sit just right And down the hill we’ll go. Wheee!

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Winter Fingerplay Climb, climb, climb – up the hill of snow. (Let the fingers walk up your arm or bent leg.) Jump on our sleds – down we go. Whee! (Let fingers slide down your arm or leg.) Colorful Mittens
(Tune: Six Little Ducks)

Colorful mittens for me and you Red ones, yellow ones, blue ones too. But the one pair of mittens that rhymes with fellow, They’re my favorite mittens, They’re the color yellow. Repeat with: Red/bed Blue/shoe I’m A Little Snowman (Tune: I’m A Little Teapot) I’m a little snowman Short and fat. Here is my broom And here is my hat. When the sun comes out, I’ll melt away. But I’ll be back another day!

Putting on Mittens (Tune: The Farmer In the Dell) The thumb in the thumb place, Fingers all together! This is the song we sing When it’s mitten weather. Doesn’t matter whether they’re Made of wool or leather. Thumbs in the thumb place, Fingers all together! Ten Little Penguins (Tune: Ten Little Indians) One little, two little, Three little penguins, Four little, five little, six little penguins, Seven little, eight little, Nine little penguins, Ten little penguin chicks.

Building Mr. Snowman Head ball, Belly ball, Bottom ball, DONE! Building Mr. Snowman Is always lots of fun!

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Hibernation Song (Tune: Are You Sleeping) Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping. In the cave, in the cave. I wonder when he’ll come out, I wonder when he’ll come out? In the spring. in the spring. Birds are flying, birds are flying In the sky, in the sky. I wonder when they’ll come back, I wonder when they’ll come back? In the spring, in the spring.

You Are My Snowman (Tune: You Are My Sunshine) You are my snowman, My only snowman, You make me happy, On days of gray. And when the sun’s out, You’ll hear us all shout: Please don’t take our snowman away! When It Snows (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) Oh, you shiver and you quiver When it snows. Oh, you shiver and you quiver When it snows. Your hands feel just like ice, So you rub them once or twice. YES, you shiver and you quiver When it snows. BRRRRRRRRR!!

Sledding (Tune: Are You Sleeping) Belly flopping. Never stopping. On my sled, on my sled. Riding down a snowy hill. What a giggle, what a thrill. On my sled, on my sled. Up On the Iceberg (Tune: Up on the Housetop) Into the ocean penguins go. They spy on seals way down below. Zip through the water with no delay. Zigzagging penguins swim away. Oh, oh, oh! Go penguins go! Oh, oh, oh! Go penguins go! Leap to the iceberg. Quick, quick, quick! Back to your home To feed your chick.

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COLOR: WHITE
Make White Play dough Use the attached recipe to make bright white play dough. • Roll the dough into balls to make snowballs! • Build snowmen and snow castles by decorating them with buttons, twigs, and beads. • Roll out dough with a rolling pin and cut out snowflakes, stars, or angels. • Use play dough to form a play snowscape. Play with penguins, seals, polar bears, etc. Color Shopping In a white bag, go color shopping! Fill up your bag with things that are white! Snowman handprint Paint child’s hand white and stamp onto black paper. Once dry, add faces to the fingers and thumb with markers to create snowmen. Add glitter if desired.

Source: Ten Kids and a Dog

Handprint Snowflake Discuss how snowflakes have 6 points. Paint hand white and stamp 6 times on blue paper. Cut out. Glue together in a circle (palms together with fingers facing out), creating a snowflake. Snowflake Matching Print the attached snowflake cards on cardstock and play match/memory with them to review other colors.
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White Snacks Coconut, marshmallows, hard boiled eggs, milk, whipped cream, rice, Swiss cheese, onion, white bread, mushrooms, cauliflower, sour cream, vanilla ice cream, mashed potatoes, fish, almonds, bananas, white chocolate, Angel food cake, alfredo sauce. White Song (Tune: Little Brown Jug) W-h-i-t-e That spells white. Sing with me. Milk is white, and so is glue. Ghosts are white, And they say BOO! W-h-i-t-e That spells white, Sing with me. The clouds are above The snow below, Santa’s beard, Ho Ho Ho! Mary Had a Little Lamb This would be a great time to learn “Mary Had a Little Lamb” nursery rhyme. Emphasize the line that says “fleece was white as snow.” Create your own handprint lamb by tracing child’s hand on black paper. (Or consider using your own hand to create a larger lamb template.) The 4 fingers will become the lamb’s legs and the thumb will be the lamb’s head. Glue white cotton balls over the palm area, and draw eyes and mouth on the thumb area. Color of the Day Activities for any Color Everyone dresses in the color of the day! Add desired color to playdough and use at the art table. Take a walk to look for that particular color of car.
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Dip cooked spaghetti in the desired color of paint and let it “dance” across white paper. Make necklaces by stringing buttons of the desired color onto wire. Add food coloring to the white glue. Tint jello, water, milk, or pancakes purple. Go color shopping and walk from room to room “shopping” for items in the house that are specific color.

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NUMBER: TWO
Number 2 Pattern Print the attached number 2 pattern. Decorate it with 2 snowmen or snowflake stickers or stamps. Writing 2 Use this rhyme to help your children remember how to write the number 2: Around and back on the railroad track Two! Two! Two! I like to practice writing numbers in fingerpaint, shaving cream, or using Crayola’s window crayons. Shoe Mix-up Take off shoes and put them in the middle of the room. Mix up the shoes and have children take turns finding two shoes that match. Card/Domino Search Search for the two’s in a deck of cards. You could also search for dominos that have just 2 dots on them. Songs A Bicycle Built For Two. (Observe that a real bicycle has 2 large wheels.) Two Snacks Demonstrate cutting foods in half. Cut sandwich in half. Eat two graham crackers, etc. Emphasize that there are TWO. Binocular craft Decorate toilet paper tube with markers. Use masking tape to tape the 2 tubes together like binoculars. Two Color Paper Chains Make a paper chain by rotating two colors. For example, white, blue, white, blue.

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Rhyme – Two Little Blackbirds Way up high in a big old tree, Two little black birds smiled at me. The first one said, “Let’s fly away.” The second one said, “I think I will stay” So the first flew off, way up high To look for rainbows in the sky. The second bird stayed and built a nest. She loved the tree. She thought it best. Each was happy in its own way. One chose to go, one chose to stay. Tactile Learning Cut the numeral 2 out of sand paper. Have child trace with his/her finger. You could also do a rubbing of the numeral by placing paper on the top and coloring over it. Noah’s ark This would be a great time to share the story of Noah’s Ark, emphasizing how the animals marched two by two. Hokey Pokey Sing the Hokey Pokey using the number two. You put your two arms in, You put your two arms out, You put your two arms in, And you shake it all about. You do the Hokey-Pokey And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about! Repeat with two hands, two legs, two feet, two eyes, two ears, etc.

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LETTER W
W is for Winter Cut a “W” out of black paper using the attached pattern. Create a winter scene by stamping wagon wheels pasta OR honey comb cereal in white paint and then onto the “W.” Add glitter before the paint dries. Feely Letter Glue wax paper or wool to a W shape. What does this feel like? Explore with your senses! “W” Letter Formation Create a “W” using white pipe cleaner or craft sticks. You could also make the shape of the letter W using your white play dough! W Flashcards Follow this link to print your own W flashcards on cardstock:
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W Exercises Make circles with your wrist. Go on a walk. Wiggle your arm (leg, nose, etc.) Make Your Own W book Make the attached W book by coloring the 4 pictures, cut them apart, and use them as your very own “W” book or flashcards. Review daily. W Snacks Enjoy some “W” Snacks including watermelon, whipped cream, waffles, walnuts, wafers, wontons, wings, Wheaties, water! W is for… Coloring Pages Use the 3 attached “W is for…” coloring pages to practice tracing and writing capital W’s. Color the attached pictures.

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Creative Writing I like to practice writing in finger paint, shaving cream, sand, or using Crayola’s window crayons. Sidewalk chalk is fun, too!

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Snowman Button Game
Instructions Print the attached snowman on cardstock and laminate if desired. Give child a collection of buttons. Ask him/her to identify the numeral on the snowman’s hat and place the correct number of buttons on the snowman.

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Puzzles
Instructions Print the attached puzzles on cardstock. Laminate if desired. Cut the mitten into 6 pieces and store in plastic bag. Cut the snowman into 10 strips. Encourage child to identify numbers in order to put puzzle together. Store in plastic bag.

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Mitten Puzzle

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Snowman Number Puzzle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Build a Snowman Flannel Board Fun
Instructions Print the attached snowman flannel board story. Laminate if desired. Create your own snowman pieces out of flannel or felt so you can build a snowman! You will need: Black top hat, orange carrot nose, red scarf, 2 eyes, 3 white circles (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large), and 5 black circles for mouth. Teaching Tiny Tots has a great pattern if you would like to use this to create your own flannel board snowman. It is available by clicking here: Ask child to help you build a snowman on the flannel board while you read the rhyme!

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Five Little Snowmen Flannel Board Fun
Instructions Print the attached snowmen flannel board story. Laminate if desired. You can use this story/song as either a fingerplay or a flannel board story. Try both! Create your own 5 little snowmen out of felt or flannel. Invite your child to help. You may consider using Tiny Tots’ snowman pattern, available by clicking here: Ask child to help you tell the story of the Five Little Snowmen!

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My Poor Little Kitten Flannel Board Fun
Instructions Print the attached “My Poor Little Kitten” flannel board story. Laminate if desired. You will need several mittens, cut out of flannel or felt to tell this story. You will need a mitten in the following colors: Blue Red Yellow Green Brown Black Pink Ask child to help you tell the story of “My Poor Little Kitten!"

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A Chubby Little Snowman Flannel Board Fun
Instructions Print the attached “A Chubby Little Snowman” flannel board story. Laminate if desired. You can use the same snowman you used for the “Build a Snowman” story. Ask child to help you tell this story by pretending to be the rabbit who steals the snowman’s nose!

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Snowman Soup
Instructions: Print the Snowman Soup poem and laminate for durability. You will need: A mug, white hot chocolate, hot water, Hershey’s kisses, marshmallows, and candy cane. Recite the poem as you create Snowman Soup with your child!

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Snowman Sequencing
Instructions: Print the snowman sequencing cards and laminate for durability. Cut apart into 4 cards. Help child to look at the pictures and place in sequential order. What happened first? What happened last? What happened in between?

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Snowman Sequencing

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Winter Prewriting

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Roll a Snowman Game
Instructions You will need: * Scratch paper * Dice * Roll a Snowman sheet Help child to roll a dice and count the dots on the dice. Follow the “Roll a Snowman” rules sheet to draw a part of a snowman. Continue playing until you have a complete snowman!

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Count how many mittens are inside each box.

Mitten Counting

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ABC Mittens
Instructions Print the ABC Mittens on cardstock and laminate. Call out a letter of the alphabet for your child to find. Ask them to circle the letter with a dry erase marker. Erase with damp cloth and repeat!

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ABC Mittens

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Snowflake Color Match
Instructions Print the attached snowflakes on cardstock. Laminate if desired. Cut apart. Play memory/match with the snowflakes. You could also consider cutting the snowflakes in half and asking child to match them like puzzles.

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My mitten is so big, a __________________ could fit inside!
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W is for Winter

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Two Pattern
Print and cut the numeral pattern. Decorate with 2 snowballs, snowflakes, or snowmen stickers or stamps!

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You can find more fun learning ideas here: Many, many thanks to the fabulous designers who have given me specific permission to use their graphics for these educational packets! I Can Teach My Child - http://www.icanteachmychild.com/ The Imagination Tree - http://www.theimaginationtree.com/ Exploring the Outdoor Classroom http://exploringtheoutdoorclassroom.blogspot.com/ Counting Coconuts - http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/ 1+1+1=1 = 1 http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/ Confessions of a Homeschooler http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/ Today in First Grade… http://todayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/ Frugal Family Fun Blog - http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/ Preschool Express - http://www.preschoolexpress.com/ No Time for Flashcards - http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/ Just for Fun - http://just4funwithsandy.blogspot.com/ Pre-K Pages - http://www.pre-kpages.com/ The Virtual Vine - http://www.thevirtualvine.com/ Ten Kids and a Dog - http://tenkidsandadog.blogspot.com/ Not Just Cute - http://notjustcute.com/ Hummingbird Educational Resources - http://www.hummingbirded.com/ Everything Preschool - http://www.everythingpreschool.com/ The Little Giraffes http://www.littlegiraffes.com/ First-School http://www.first-school.ws/ Many thanks to www.mygrafico.com for allowing educational use of their clipart! Please keep in mind that their copyright statement indicates that PDF file can only be used for personal and classroom use. Please be respectful of this! Thanks to these designers for use of their beautiful clip art: Goodness & Fun for the “Smitten with Mittens” clip art. Goodness & Fun for the “Let it Snow” digital papers. Cupcake Cuties for the “I heart SNOW” elements clip art.
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