Today, I have some snow day activities and music to share with you. I don’t know about you, but we have been having record breaking snow for the last few weeks. As a result of that, our schools have had a record breaking number of snow days!
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When I was little, I loved snow days. We only had a few snow days throughout my entire school career, but each year I hoped for the elusive snow day to arrive.
This year, our first snow day was supposed to be my 4 year old’s first day back at preschool. He was really excited to go back to school, so I tried to make the snow day into something fun for him.
We created a snow village, watched the movie The Snowy Day (based on the book), played in the snow, made paper snowflakes and made snow themed treats.
If you are having snow days, here are some ideas you can try:
Snow Themed Books
These books are fun reads for snowy days!
- The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
This was my favorite snow-themed book when I was in elementary school. They’ve recently come out with a movie version, and it is available for streaming on amazon prime, if you’re a prime member. It is really cute! As a bonus, Boyz II Men are featured with a new song called “The Snowy Day”.
- The Mitten, Jan Brett
This book is so much fun! It tells the story of animals finding relief from the cold in a boy’s lost mitten. There are many fun activities to go along with this book! I did a sound story using this book with first graders a few years ago.
- Snowmen at Night, Caralyn Buener
This book is perfect for younger children, as well as elementary. The Skater’s Waltz would be fun music to go along with the book, as you talk about the snowmen ice skating at night, or fast paced music like Sleigh Ride as you talk about the snowmen having a snowball fight.
- Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
Owl Moon was another one of our favorites growing up. It’s such a beautiful book and would be perfect for mid to upper elementary aged students. It would work really well being paired with some winter music.
- The Snowman, Raymond Briggs
The Snowman is a wordless book, which makes it a great choice for all ages. It’s also a great choice for imaginative play. See if you can create snowman movements to accompany the book.
Fingerplays and rhymes
*You can create snowman props to go along with this fingerplay. Check out these cute felt snowmen gloves!
Five Little Snowmen
Five Little Snowmen in a row
Each with a hat and a big red bow
Out came the sun and it shone all day
And one little snowman melted away
(continue with 4, 3, 2, etc.)
Music for snow days
Here are some ideas for listening lessons:
- The Snow is Dancing, Claude Debussy
- Footsteps in the Snow, Claude Debussy
- Winter Dreams, Tchaikovsky
- Troika, Prokofiev
- Skater’s Waltz, Émile Waldteufel
- Sleigh Ride, LeRoy Anderson
Do you have any favorite snow day activities?