I had already been planning a winter storytime for this past Thursday and then we got that crazy amount of snow from Winter Storm Jonas the weekend before. Perfect timing on my part, right?! The kids all came in talking about the snowmen they made and the snow piled up all over! So, we did our opening song and then just talked for a few minutes about all of the fun things they did in the snow. I couldn’t really have planned a better introduction anyway.
Then I pulled out the library’s big book of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and they got so excited! Some were excited because of how HUGE the book was, and some were excited because, “We have that book at home!” This is such a great book and they were all so absorbed in what Peter was doing in the snow and in comparing it to the things they had done. Several of them suddenly remembered making angels in the snow and one boy even said, “I’m not big enough for snowball fights, either.” A great beginning for our storytime!
Then we did a fun flannel board rhyme – 5 Little Snowmen. We counted them as they appeared on the board during the rhyme and then we counted backwards as they each melted away in the sun. They laughed at all of the different hats, ties, and scarves, too.
After the flannel board, we did the Hokey Pokey to get some of the sillies out, and boy do I need to get a shorter version, because all of us grown-ups were worn out when we were done!
Then, because we had all just danced and moved and sang so much during the Hokey Pokey, I thought it would be safe to sneak in two books in a row at this point, especially since one of them is so short and quick!
So we read Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner. This series of books about what snowmen do at night, or during the other seasons, or at Christmas, are so beautifully illustrated and just darn entertaining. The kids were really drawn in by the idea that the snowmen come to life and have fun and party all night and that’s why they look different in the morning.
Next up was Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. This book is so cute and short and has beautiful, big illustrations – so it’s great for toddlers, too. They really liked identifying what things were used to make the snowpeople in this book – fruit and seeds, buttons and wheels from toy cars! They especially loved the snow dog, Spot!
After this book, we did another flannel board. One of the things I have noticed during the storytimes I observed is that kids really love interactive flannelboards. They don’t always get to play with them or touch them, so I thought it would be a lot of fun to build our own snowman.
I laid all of the pieces on the floor in front of the board and asked which piece of the snowman we needed to put on the board first. Then I had each child come up and add a piece to our snowman. I wish I had taken a picture of their creation, but I completely forgot, so you will have to make do with my boring snowman!
After that, we did a fingerplay and song, 10 Little Snowmen (basically 10 Little Indians), which we had to do twice because counting in song is fun! And then we did our Zoom, Zoom, Zoom song, too.
We read one last book, Duck Skates by Lynne Berry. I love the rhyming and the illustrations are adorable.
To close it out, we sang a rousing round of If You’re Happy and You Know It. And, of course, I forgot to “do all three” at the end, but not to worry, dear friends! One of the little ones reminded me to “do all three”. So everyone started singing again and did all three to prove how happy we were, laughing the whole time, and then we moved on to our craft, which was a cute little snowman in a shower of q-tip painted snow!
This was such a fun storytime! I can’t wait until next week!
Some of the other books I considered using were: If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman, Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman, and Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright. There are so many wonderful books about snow and winter and I would love to read them all, but you just can’t fit them all in!