Week at a Glance:
- Winter, Snow, Snow, Snow
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: I Am Small by Emma Dodd
- Mixed Media Silver Snow Scenes by Children
- DIY Snow Sensory Activity
- The Months of the Year FREE printable book
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:
Why we love this book:
When I first read this sweet book, I immediately wanted to snuggle, fluffy little penguin as well as my own little kiddos. The back of the book includes a quote about author Emma Dodd’s inspiration, “Whenever Emma is feeling small, just thinking about her family and how much they love each other makes her feel ten feet tall.” This is a message children need to hear.
Regardless of how big, exciting, adventurous and perhaps overwhelming the world may seem to little penguin, her parents are always there to love her. Through the simple and yet descriptive text little penguin expresses herself, “I am small. But you are BIG and you are KIND. When I’m with you, I do not mind.” This is a message I want to send to my little penguins!
Wanting to teach a lesson on descriptive language? This is the book for you. Page after page is laced with descriptive words that help writers think outside of the box. Not flowery or complex but rather straight forward and precise language.
Mixed Media Silvery, Snowy, Winter Scenes
Good Children’s Literature is Inspiring!
Inspired by Emma Dodd’s mixed media illustrations, the children created their own silvery, snowy scenes. We gathered up a few materials and dived into a silvery world of exploration.
- black construction paper
- silver metallic Sharpie
- oil pastels
- soft pastels
Step 1: Explore and Doodle!
- This was the children’s first time to draw with a silver Sharpie.
- To get a feel for the silver metallic pen, they had a little fun doodling on the back of their paper.
- They fell in L-O-V-E with the “cool” silver pen.
Step 2: Draw a Silvery, Winter Scene
- The children used the silver metallic Sharpie to draw a snowy, winter scene.
Mixed Media Winter Scene, Miss Enigma, age 7
Step 3: Fill in Winter Scene with Color
- The kiddos used oil pastels to color in their winter scenes.
- Oil pastels show up nicely on black construction paper.
Mixed Media Winter Scene, MacGyver, age 10
Featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
We rarely get to enjoy snow here in the South Texas Hill Country. So what is a mother to do?
- baking soda, large box
- shaving cream, full can
In a large bowl, mix the baking soda and shaving cream.
- I gave each kiddo a large bowl.
- I divided the baking soda between the two bowls.
- The kiddos slowly mixed the half box of baking soda with about half a can of shaving cream.
- Just for fun, they mixed with their hands. Kids like to messy!
- After a little fun, we switched to large spatulas. That worked great.
Keep adding shaving cream until you get the right texture.
- Amazingly, the snow turns out LIGHT, FLUFFY and COLD.
- What more could you want from snow?
The kiddos made SNOWBALLS!
The kiddos made SNOWMEN!
Then they poured the snow out onto trays and made SNOW MOUNTAINS, SNOW CAVES, SNOW TRACKS . . .
They had a joyous afternoon playing in the SNOW! What a rare treat!
Let it Snow Cookies!
- We also baked up and decorated a batch of giant snowflake cookies.
- Snowflakes for Cambodia! Curious? Checkout personal connection to Cambodia.
The Months of the Year
FREE printable book
The Months of the Year
To kick off the New Year, Miss Enigma began working on a book about the months of the year. This is a simple book to help her learn how to write the months of the year and to add a few new simple words to her core of familiar words.
As part of our year long Geography study, we have learned about how the earth orbits around the sun. I am revisiting this concept as Miss Enigma illustrates each month of her book. We recite the months of the year as we orbit our globe around the sun.
Print this book FREE: The Months of the Year (bold text)
Print this book FREE: The Months of the Year (dotted text for tracing)
January is for Snow
- We only illustrate one month a day.
- For each month we brainstorm words and activities that describe the month.
- Miss Enigma traces the words on the pages of her little book. (She likes tracing)
- You cannot see it in the picture but when Miss Enigma gets stuck writing a tricky word we use interactive writing.
- She writes with a marker and I write with a highlighter. When she can’t hear a sound, I write it in with a highlighter. Then she traces with her marker.
February is for Hearts
- In the words of the Beatles, “All you need is love.”
- Miss Enigma is big into family, friends and love.
- The silver metallic Sharpie has become a big hit!
Looking for more winter activities, art and FREE printables?
- Check out my winter archives! You’ll find lots of goodies there.
We’re GIVING AWAY one hard cover copy of I Am Small by Emma Dodd
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.
Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Are you experiencing REAL SNOW or do you need a good DIY recipe for SNOW? I’ve never lived with REAL SNOW, tell me all about it. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, January 19, 2014
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