Snowmen are a fun part of winter, and lend quite well to teach science, reading, language, reading and math. We began our winter unit on snow and snowmen with the book, 100 Snowmen. My son is quite engaged with snowmen, as we rarely get any snow in January. In fact, truth be told, we can range from mild temperatures to cold and icy. So, snow is not an idea my kids have ever known much about.
This unit lends itself to all different levels, from kindergarten to middle school, depending on what lessons you pass out to each child.
100 Snowmen is a creative read aloud book I found to learn how to count in a series to 100. The pictures are super cute and even if your child cannot add to 100 or double digit numbers, the story line will keep them listening.
Read aloud, 100 Snowmen. You can get the eBook on Amazon Kindle, or purchase a copy there. Be prepared to count with the children, but encourage them to focus on the story at this time.
Print out these snowmen (there should be 100) and set the kids to cutting them apart. You know what comes next. Have the children transfer snowmen from one container (such as a basket) to another while reading the story aloud another time. This time, encourage everyone to count with the story together.
Write and solve the problems on a separate page of paper on in a math notebook. Again, focus on the ability of the children. Use the snowmen as counters to solve the problems if necessary.
Make this glitter snow paint and paint snowmen pictures. Have the children paint as many snowmen as they can on their paper and then write a problem on the back of their paper.
Have your children write a creative story about their snowmen, giving them names and activities. If you have children who cannot write, you can create a group story where everyone creates a story. Display it for all to see and read.
Re-read one of the books and discuss what a water cycle is. Have the children draw pictures of a snow water cycle or print out worksheet below and have them glue the water cycle the right way. Have your more gifted children look up the chemistry of the water cycle and add that to their drawings.
Complete a snowflake observation. If you have snow outside at your home, you may be able to take a field trip outside with a magnifying glass and observe the snowflakes. If you do not have snow, then you can use one of the books above and observe the differences.
Make your own snowflakes. These are some Pinterest snowflake projects. Choose the one or ones that fit your children best, then display your projects around your home!
Animals in the snow
You can find a winter scene in your front yard, but you usually find wild animals in places like the forest, grassland and the Earth’s poles. This is a good time to focus on the many animals that thrive in the snow. Then, you can also read about where bears go in the winter, and what do they really do?
Read aloud some of the book choices below.
Have each child choose an animal to reasearch. They can go to the library or research online. Then, have them create a product according to their age. Here are some suggestions, which certainly are not all of the choices.
- Make a collage from picture cut outs they find online or in magazines.
- Draw a picture of their animal and where it lives and how it lives in the winter.
- Write a report or essay on their animal and its habitat, detailing its habits in the winter.
- Create a 3D art project of their animal or even make a diorama of a winter scene.
Read some more snow and snowman books!
Websites to read about snow.
Science for Kids: Fun Snow Facts for Kids
Easy Science for Kids: How is Snow Made?
Weather Wiz Kids: Winter Storms
Kids Geo: Read an online book about precipitation, including snow and freezing rain