Story Time

Chilly Tales for Winter Fun
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler
My Little Polar Bear by:Claudia Rueda
A winter wonderland awaits a young polar bear cub that emerges from its den for the first time. As the cub sets out on a dramatic arctic journey, it worries whether it has the skills to survive. But a parent's abiding presence and simple, reassuring words instill confidence and love
No Two Alike by:Keith Baker.
Follows a pair of red birds on a snowflake filled journey through a winter landscape, where everything everywhere, from branches and leaves to forests full of trees, is unique.
Snowy, Blowy Winter by:Bob Raczka
Illustrations and simple rhyming text portray winter activities including snowman-building, sledding, sitting by a fire, and feeding birds.
Mouse's First Snow by:Lauren Thompson
One cold day Mouse and Poppa venture into the clear white world. From sledding down hills, to skating across the ice, to meeting fluffy angels, Mouse finds that wintertime is full of surprises. And before it's time to go ome, Mouse just might have time to "make" a special new friend!

No by:Claudia Rueda
It's winter and little bear doesn't want to go to sleep. He'd rather play, and he's sure he won't get cold outside, no matter how long the winter is, how deep the snow might get, or how hard the storm might blow. Until, that is, little bear finds himself all alone in a snowstorm.
Little Bea and The Snowy Day by:Daniel Roode
Little Bea and her friends enjoy a day of snow angels, skating, and even making a new snow friend.
Snow! Snow! Snow! by:Lee Harper.
A father and his two sons spend a perfect day sledding together.
Chubby Little Snowman
A chubby little snowman had a carrot nose.
(form snowman with right fist, with thumb sticking out
for a carrot nose)
Along came a bunny, and what
do you suppose?
(use two fingers of left hand to hop to snowman).
That hungry little bunny, looking for his lunch,
Ate that snowmanís carrot nose
(bunny grabs snowmanís nose)
Nibble, nibble, crunch

Materials: Chart with words of the song, real hats for dramatics, puppets, models or cut outs if used to illustrate the song.

1. Children will be seated in circle time. Sing song facing children. Repeat, moving hand across the words on the chart. Or, By eliminating puppets or props one by one and allowing participation if any children wish. Improvise your tune.

Five Little Snowmen fat,
Each with a funny hat (point to head)
Out came the sun and melted one.
What a sad thing was that!
(exaggeratedly slow, while melting to the floor)
2. Children sing while five children at a time wear hats of their choice and act out the melting at end.
I'm a Little Ice Cube
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little ice cube, frosty and square,
I make things icy cold everywhere.
If it gets too warm, I better watch out,
"Cause I will melt, there is no doubt.
The Wintery Wind
The winter wind blows
The winter wind blows
It gives me the shivers
From my head to my toes
Snowflakes, Snowflakes
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground
Snowflakes, snowflakes, on my nose
Snowflakes, snowflakes, on my toes
Snowflakes, snowflakes, twirl around
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground
Ice Cube Painting
Science: " Ice Block Designs"
Children observe how salt melts ice and create colorful designs in large blocks of ice during this early childhood education activity by Marjorie E.

Materials: Large ice blocks (We made them by freezing water in empty one gallon milk containers). When the water is completely frozen, tear off the cardboard
Coarse salt
Food coloring
Eye droppers

1. Place ice blocks on trays covered with several layers of newspaper.
2. Children sprinkle coarse salt on top of the ice blocks.
3. Children drip various colors of food coloring on top of the ice block.
4. Tunnels of color are created as the salt melts through the ice block.
5. Put the colorful ice blocks outside. If it's cold enough, they should stay frozen for several days. Children can continue to examine the melting process during outdoor play.

Comments: If possible, give each child his or her own block of ice. They love watching the changes that occur as the blocks melt away!
Sensory Ideas for Young Toddlers and Preschoolers - Winter Theme
Additional activities for families who are lucky enough to experience snow.