Snow and snowmen are fun programming ideas for child care centers. Here are some snow craft ideas and some snow book recommendations to help make your snow programming fun and engaging.
Snow Craft Ideas for Child Care Center Children
Paper Bag Snowman Puppets
Get some white paper bags, lunch bag size. (I have seen these at Walmart.) Using black construction paper cut out circles for the snowman’s eyes, mouth, and buttons, and the snowman’s hat. Use orange construction paper to cut out a carrot-shaped nose. Use a glue stick to afix these items to the puppet. Have the kids name their snowman and put on a snowman puppet show!
Paper Plate Snowman
You’ll need: large and small paper plates; contruction paper–black, orange, red & brown; glue sticks, ribbon, stapler; and google eyes or crayons.
In advance, staple the edges of a large plate and small plate together, forming the body & head of the snowman. From the construction paper cut out hats, mittens, arms, buttons, and the nose. Cut 2′ lengths of ribbon.
Activity: Have the kids glue the arms, nose, mittens, button, & hat to their snowman. Draw the eyes with a crayon, or use googly eyes. Wrap the ribbon around the neck and staple it to look like a scarf.
Snow Book Suggestions
Curious George in the Snow by Margret and H.A. Rey. 24 pages, 1998, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat enjoy winter sports.
A Snowman Named Just Bob by Mark Kimball Moulton. 26 pages, 1999, Ideals Children’s Books. Bob the Snowman exemplifies great friendship.
Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid. 32 pages, 2011, Albert Whitman & Company. Two boys celebrate the first snowfall by building a fort.
Winter Preschool Entertainment
For the finale to your winter programming, how about a fun show for your kids? One such program is our Frosty’s Birthday Party Show. Click the link for more info.
More Child Care Programming Ideas
Thanks to Nina Schatzkamer Miller whose The Storytime Handbook provided the ideas for this post. It is a great reference for planning all sorts of children’s activities.