Children’s stories, television specials and movies have always done an exceptional job at capturing the magic of snow people. Many of us grew up dreaming of our own Frosty the Snowman coming to life because of one magical story. Frozen‘s Olaf may be Frosty born again.
Learning through play:
How many of us learned about forward-thinking from building snow people? Few realize that the same type of planning and sequencing is a valuable learning and literacy skill.
Consider the steps in building a snow person, and the importance of completing these steps in order. There is nothing like a real life experience to teach a child why the largest snowball does not go on top of the smallest one. He or she will learn that through building a snow person (or a tower of blocks).
Think of the pride a child has once a snow person is finished and he or she can explain the steps taken to accomplish such a task. The child will be using important language that may need to first be modeled by an adult, words such as first, then and finally; top, middle and bottom. (Click here for a fun freebie to reinforce those three positional words!)
If you live in an area without snow, fear not. Play dough can be a great replacement! Have fun out there in the snow and keep that snow people magic alive!
I would love to hear what your favorite snow person stories are.
What do your children and students enjoy?
Wishing you a Wonderful Winter’s Day!