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Story Time: The Snowy Day

Story Time: The Snowy Day - Crafts, activities, and printables to go with the picture book

Have you ever?  I mean, Come On.  The Snowy Day  has been wildly popular for over 50 years for  a reason.  It’s such a simple and beautiful celebration of snow.  And I love snow.  Don’t you?

If it’s going to be frigid outside, it may as well be beautiful to look at.  I love the way the meadows turn to diamond fields when sunlight hits the snow.  I love the very first snowfall of the year, when you step out your door and magic is happening and it feels like even more magic is on its way.  I crush hardest on  the way snow not only makes no sound as it falls, but it quietens all the other sounds of the world.

Did you know it really does that?  It acts like a sound insulator, just like the stuff you might put in your walls to keep traffic noise out.  Nature’s sound reducer.  I like that.  Quiet is so hard to come by.  I always take a walk by myself in the very first snowfall of the year.  Oh, I come back and get my boys to romp in the snow later.  But that very first hush of snowfall is mine alone.  I like the peace it gives me.  So I can recharge and be ready for snowball fights and snow angels and snowmen.  Forts and snow ice cream.  All the things.

The Snowy Day

If you love The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, you will really love these amazing crafts and activites for your littles to enjoy while reading the picture book.

Peter enjoys the snow maybe even more than I do.  I grew up enjoying snow on city streets just like Peter.  Now I enjoy it on a farm surrounded by woods.  So I love reading this book with my littles so they can get an idea of what snow was like for me when I was a kid.  And there are so many fun ways to make the book even more amazing.

Language

There’s a new book out called A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney that tells the biography of Keats and the creation of The Snowy Day in verse.  So pick up a copy of it, too, and read the two books together.  Then print out this fun printable all about poetry and write some of your own!

Learn about 5 different types of poetry with this free printable for Story Time: The Snowy Day

Science

Crystal Snowflake Science Experiment for Story Time: The Snowy Day

Crystal Snowflakes

What you need:

Grow Snowflake Crystals in this fun science experiment for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Chenille stems
  • Borax
  • Boiling water
  • Jar
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Blue food coloring

What you do:

  • Cut chenille stems in half
  • Twist 3 half stems together to form a snowflake shape (see Craft instructions for pictures

Grow Snowflake Crystals in this fun science experiment for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Cut remaining stem into 1 1/2″ pieces and twist onto end of snowflake arms
  • Make sure your jar is big enough that your snowflake won’t touch the sides
  • Fill the jar with 3 Tbsp of borax and 1 drop blue food coloring per 1 cup of water

Grow Snowflake Crystals in this fun science experiment for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Place pencil over top of jar
  • Hang snowflake from it with string

Grow Snowflake Crystals in this fun science experiment for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Allow to sit overnight (or at least 5 hours)
  • Remove in the morning and enjoy your snowflake (you can hang these in the windows with the Beaded Snowflakes)

Craft

 Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers Craft for Story Time: The Snowy Day

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers

 

What you need:Supplies for Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers Craft

  • Blue and white chenille stems  (2 per snowflake)
  • Blue and white embroidery thread
  • Clear and blue bicone and/or pony beads
  • Scissors

What you do:

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Cut the chenille stems in half

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Lay one half stem atop another to form a T

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Fold bottom stem up and over cross stem

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Fold top stem down over cross stem so vertical stem is wrapped around horizontal stem

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Lay a third stem diagonally across the T you’ve made

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Wrap it around the center of the T the same way you wrapped the vertical stem

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • You should have a 5-pointed snowflake (you can add more stems if you like, but I think 5 make the prettiest snowflakes)

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • String beads along each stem of the snowflake (6 bicone beads and 8 pony beads per stem are a good fit)

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • After the last bead has been strung on to the stem, fold the remainder of the stem back over it to hold the beads in place

  • This is a completely beaded snowflake

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Cut a 4″ piece of embroidery thread and knot it into a loop

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

  • Wrap one of the ends of a stem around the loop, cut off excess string, and hang your snowflake

Beaded Snowflake Window Hangers for Story Time: The Snowy Day

 

Food

Make delicious Snow Popcorn to munch on while reading The Snowy Day

Snow Popcorn

This delicious snack is a perfect sweet and salty treat.

What you need:

What you do:

  • Pop the popcorn
  • While it’s popping, heat the almond bark and oil together until melted
  • Mix popcorn, coconut flakes, marshmallows, and peanuts in a large bowl
  • Drizzle melted vanilla bark over it, stirring to coat

Yeah, I  know.  Snow is a pain in the rear.  Someone has to shovel it.  Drive in it.  I get you.  But sometimes it’s also just magical.  So take a day with an amazing book and your even more amazing littles and celebrate the snow.  You might even get in the mood for a snowball fight.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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12 Comments

  1. I love this book so much!!! Have you seen the movie Amazon made about it? It’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week! Always a pleasure to have you!
    Tina

  2. The popcorn recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!
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  3. I actually remember doing this craft every time I use my box of Borax! Snowy Day is such a beautiful and peaceful story.
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  4. What???? SNOW Popcorn??? Ok, that’s definitely gonna entice every kid I know to go read the book! Well played, Lit Mama, well played!
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  5. We have had a lot of snow days lately. These will be great activities. Thanks for sharing with us at family joy blog link up party this week. Enjoy your week!
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