Sunday, February 16, 2014

Puffy Paint "Snow" Craft and Snow Day Books

Snow, snow, and more snow! Winter hit us hard this year - with lots of snowy days, cold temperatures, and days off from school. Today I'm sharing a few great books that capture the beauty and sentiment of a snowy day. If you are stuck indoors, try our puffy paint activity to make your own snow scene. It's almost as fun as playing in the real snow, and at least you don't have to get all bundled up to enjoy it!

Snow by Steve Sanfield and Jeanette Winter

This book perfectly describes the sights, sounds, and feelings of a snow covered day as a boy explores the first snowfall of the season. The beauty of the text and pictures will make you long for a snowy walk outside to experience this world first hand.

Snow Day by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Hideko Takahashi

Two children awaken to find "white, glorious white...EVERYWHERE!" This story captures the excitement of snow day activities - a yummy breakfast, indoor games, cuddling by the fire, eating snow day snacks, and playing outside. Children can easily identify with the snow day routine, and will anxiously await their next day of winter fun.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

A list of books about snowy days would not be complete without this classic by Ezra Jack Keats. Follow Peter as he experiences the merriment of discovering a snow covered world. What will he do? What will he see? This book is well known for its artwork, and received a Caldecott Medal in 1963.

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

Written in 1947, this book and its illustrations have an "old-timey" feel.  The story follows a postman, a farmer, the policeman and his wife, some rabbits, and children as they prepare for and experience the snowfall.  White Snow Bright Snow mixes narrative with poetic text; and coupled with the illustrations (also Caldecott Award winning) that seem to take you back to a simpler time in life, this book is sure to be a hit in your household this winter.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz

The whole city is gray, and then....a snowflake.  An excited little boy exclaims, "It's snowing".  We've all felt the joy of seeing one little snowflake transform life from "gray" to a snow covered dream-like winter world.  Snow captures that amazing moment simply, yet perfectly, and it will capture your heart.  

Puffy Paint "Snow" Craft

If you are looking for a fun inside activity to try on your next snow day, create your own winter scenes like in the stories you've read! This puffy paint craft only uses a few materials and creates a really fun fluffy 3-D substance that you can use to sculpt an indoor "snow" creation.
1) Gather your materials: shaving cream, glue, paint brushes or sponge brushes, construction paper, and any additional decorations you may want.
2) Mix equal parts of the shaving cream & glue. You can add paint or food coloring if you don't want white puffy paint.
3) Create your design! It works best if you "glob" it on.
I did this activity with my youngest with close supervision.
You'll want to do the same if your little one is still into "eating" things.

4) Add decorations. Let your creation dry & admire!
My 4 year old added glitter to hers to make it an "ice storm" and
the stars and letters (constellations) made it an ice storm at night!

I had to join in the fun, and created a snowman.
Hopefully these books and this activity will make your snow days this winter a little warmer!

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