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Winter
Submitted by: Jennifer Crouse, Stratford
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
I See Winter by:Charles Ghigna
This delightful little book names and illustrates many of the things that young children would see and experience in winter, particularly around Christmastime. This would also be great as part of a Christmas storytime.
The Snowy Day by:Ezra Jack Keats
A classic story of a young boy exploring his neighborhood on a very snowy day.
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by:Karla Kuskin
Describes getting dressed to play in the snow. Has a very nice cadence to the text.
Snowballs by:Lois Ehlert
Children create an entire snow family that lasts until the sun comes out to melt it. Nice big and bright illustrations.
Songs
Silly Movement Song
(To the tune of Jingle Bells)

Clap your hands, stomp your feet, wiggle all around!

Reach your hands high in the air, and now let's touch the ground!

Hold your head, hold your hips, give yourself a hug!

Lay down flat upon the ground, but watch out for the bugs!
Five Little Snowmen
Use five little flannel snowmen or finger puppets to illustrate.

Five little snowmen standing in a row.
Each has a hat and a big red bow.
Out came the sun, and it shone all day.
And one little snowman melted away.

(Repeat until all of the snowmen have melted away.)
Snow
Snow on my forehead
Snow on my knee
Snow on my glasses
Getting hard to see

Snow on winter boots
Snow in my hair
Snow on my ears now
Snow everywhere

by Dick Wilmes
Little Snowman
A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a bunny
And what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny
Looking for his lunch
Ate that little snowman's nose
Nibble, nibble, crunch!
Craft
For little ones, they could simply glue cotton or pom pom balls onto a dark blue construction paper with a horizon drawn in white crayon.

For preschoolers, they could draw or color in snowflakes on a light blue background, and then watercolor over with a dark blue color.

Or, simply let children decorate die cut snowflakes and glue them to paper to make their own winter scene.