Snow is Falling

There is more than a foot of snow on the ground here in Rochester so I thought I should do a snow themed storytime.

Here’s what I planned:

Rhyme Cube:  I always start with this.

Sign Language:  We learned the sign for “snow” and repeated it often during the storytime.

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, Shut them…

First Book: Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day

It’s a classic.  How could you not read this book during a snow themed storytime?

Flannel Board:

I do a variation of this flannel board frequently but the kids love it every time.

I have four different colored mittens on my board and tell the kids that one of the mittens is hiding a snowball (I put the snowball under one of the mittens).  We then recite this rhyme:

“Snowball, snowball, cold and round.

Under which mitten can you be found?”

The board looks like this:mittens

The kids then shout out guesses and I turn over the mittens to see if they are correct.


Second Book: Snow on Snow on Snow by Cheryl Chapman

Flannel Board:

“Five little snowmen riding on a sled.

One fell off and bumped his head.

Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said:

‘No more snowmen riding on that sled!'”


I remove one snowman at every verse.

Song:    we really needed to get out wiggles out so we all got up and did the motions along to the following song:

Snowflake, snowflake, turn around.

Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, snowflake, soft and white.

Snowflake, snowflake, snowball fight!!!

Third Book:  The Mitten by Jan Brett

So this story is a little long for the age group (mostly 2’s and 3’s) but I love the illustrations so I just tell the story from memory as I turn the pages (inevitably I end up shortening the story).


A couple of years ago an early childhood music educator came to one of the monthly meetings we hold for children’s librarians in my area.  She taught us a cute song to sing with kids after reading The Mitten by Jan Brett.  Before signing the song with the kids, I give them each a laminated animal from the story.  Jan Brett’s website has free printables.  I just printed them out on cardstock and then laminated them. Here’s the song:

“The mole squeezes in, the mole squeezes in.  Help us please so we don’t freeze.  The mole squeezes in.”  (repeat with each animal from the story)

I let each child put their animal in the giant white flannel mitten as we sang the song.  Here’s the flannel mitten:mittenbrett

And here is a picture of some of the animal cards that the kids get to put into the mitten:


That’s what we did this week and it was fun.  Hey if I’m buried under piles of snow for the foreseeable future I might as well celebrate it!


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