A few of our favourite winter themed books and lots of play ideas and activities have been loaded on to the website. We took a nice break over the holidays but are back into the swing of things finally. It's been a bit of a sluggish start to the year, so we still have a couple of books to add. If you've been following us on Instagram, you've seen them all already. Let us know if you've had a chance to try any or what your thoughts are on the books. We love hearing from readers!
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman is a beautifully illustrated picture book that is in the form of an invocation poem. We were in awe of the art work and tried our own little scratch art version. All the snowflakes inspired us to make some colourful coffee filter snowflakes. We also did some Montessori style snowflake counting the fun floating snow decoration shown above (using cotton balls and string).
Check out the activities in more detail on our Before Morning activity page HERE.
Over and Under the Snow is another really beautiful book. It looks at life above ground and shows us what is happening under our feet. It would a great book to accompany any studies on hibernation. We played around a bit with animals over and under the snow in our sensory bin filled with cotton. We also built a bear den and collected what we would need for the winter from our garden. We also made a few fun lift the flap pictures to show which animals kept their eyes open most of the winter and which ones slept.
See more on Over and Under the Snow HERE.
Oops! by Leo Timmers is a fun and quirky little book. It is a great way to practise or even introduce some prepositions (over, above, beside). We acted out the book with our animals toys. After that we did some role play and took care of the poor elephant from the story. He is all clean and bandaged up now!
A more detailed list of activities for Oops! can be found HERE.
Snow by Sam Usher is a story about a boy who is in a hurry to get outside and play in the snow with everyone. We did a print matching activity, inspired by all those snowy footprints. We also used some letter shapes to match the book title and practise some letter sounds.
See more about the activities for Snow HERE.
Hello! I'm Deb,
a book-toting mother of two and an elementary (primary) school teacher. I love making stories engaging and interactive for kids.
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