Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snowman Playgroup Party (Bouquet Event)

We are in great need of snow so we thought it was appropriate to have a snowman party - we actually got snow (we knew it was an inch thanks to our new Snowman Measuring Sticks) the day after the party! Our preschool playgroup had a lot of fun reading snowman books, singing Frosty the Snowman, having Snowman circle time, doing a couple snowman crafts, having a snowman snack and playing with tubs of sensory snow! Is that enough snowman for you? We had fun and many of our activities would be great for older ages too!
Check out the ideas for a

Snowman Playgroup Event for
Sprouts and Seedlings (toddler/preschool and elementary age)...

Snowman Circle Time
A few moms helped out with circle time this week – books, songs, and snowman learning!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Frosty the Snowman lyrics (if you don’t know them by heart)

White foam circles with Velcro where eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, gloves, boots and hat go

Felt pieces for the eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, gloves, boots and hat

Blue and white cotton or fluff balls

Giant paper snowball
1. Read Snowmen at Night and have a good giggle!

2. Sing Frosty the Snowman! Have the kids pat the rhythm on their legs and practice the song in small sections. Then the kids can march and clap the rhythm as they sing!

3. Build a snowman with white foam circles. Then the kids each add felt pieces for the eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, gloves, boots and hat.

4. Make and discuss patterns using blue and white “snowballs” cotton/fluff balls

5. Pass around a giant paper snowball. Teacher says pass it to someone wearing jeans, a blue shirt, a boy, etc.

6. Read Snowballs by Lois Ehlert and discuss crafts.

Textured Snowman
After reading Snowballs by Lois Ehlert you won’t be able to resist making a textured snowman – it is like the book is begging for you to do a craft!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

White paper (you can either let the kids trace circles and cut them out or pre-cut)

Blue paper

Items for texture (corn, beans, popcorn, rice, leaves, sequins, beads, twigs, buttons, etc.)

Fabric, ribbon for scarf or hat

1. Read Snowballs by Lois Ehlert before doing this craft.

2. Cut circles if not pre-cut and glue them onto blue paper to make snowman body.

3. Glue items down for texture. Kids can make faces, legs, arms, snow, or just add items over the circles – whatever they want! They can add a hat or scarf.

Let dry and display!

Snowman Measuring Stick
This idea is from Pink and Green Mama - a fabulous blog you must check out - you can find directions for the measuring sticks by clicking on her link! Paint stir sticks are turned in to snowmen and then used as rulers to measure the snow or anything else that might need measuring (like Roly Poly’s alligator, Swampy - as seen in pic at bottom)!
Snowman Pancakes and Hot Chocolate SNACK
The Stuff
The FUN!
Pancake mix

Berries, raisins, oranges, chocolate chips, etc. to decorate snow-pancake

Syrup, peanut butter

Hot chocolate w/ marshmallows (we had snowman mallows!)
1. Cook a bunch of small circle pancakes and make hot chocolate.

2. Kids create a snowman pancake!

Gobble up the pancakes and drink the hot chocolate!

Sensory Snow
Check out my post on "Comparing Sensory Snow Tubs" to see all of the different types of snow we have made recently. The kids had a great time exploring the different types of “snow”!

Check out these cool types of "SNOW"

More ideas…
Measuring Swampy with our new ruler!
Another great book! This one explains how snow crystals and snowflakes are formed!

Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Snowman Playgroup Event!
Happy Crafting
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