The story of Frosty the Snowman is a classic and must read tale this holiday season! Enjoy this fun story and song with your child, then give the following enrichment activities a try. They are a great way to keep the fun going long after the story ends.
We don’t do actual homeschool lessons from Thanksgiving until January. The sensory overload of the holidays coupled with Logan’s birthday, my birthday, and Nutcracker performances make it simply too much. These activities could be done during winter break or even January during a snowman theme
Frosty the Snowman Activity Trio
Cloud Dough Snowballs
These cloud dough snowballs are a fun way to make your own snow indoors! Logan hates the sensory input of really cold weather. This is a great way to continue on with the learning about snow without needing to be outside. Bonus that it’s gluten free so I don’t have to worry about him getting sick while playing with it or making him wear gloves which is another sensory issue altogether.
– 2 cups of corn starch
– ½ cup of vegetable oil
– snow glitter or instant snow
1. Begin by mixing the corn starch and oil in a bowl. Mix well until a crumbly dough forms. The dough should mold to your hand when you squeeze it.
2. If your dough is too sticky, sprinkle in a tablespoon of corn starch at a time until the consistency improves. If the dough is too crumbly, add a few drops of vegetable oil at a time until the dough firms up.
3. Sprinkle the surface with corn starch. Roll the cloud dough in your hands and form a snowball.
4. Place the snowballs on your surface and sprinkle them with snow glitter or instant snow. Your snowballs are now ready to be played with!
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Build Your Own Mini Snowman
Now is the chance to build your own little snowman! Use the cloud dough you created above to create the perfect little snowman indoors. Now, if you have children who live in tropical climates like Florida who don’t see snow, you will have to show them how to build a snowman.
– cloud dough (see recipe above)
– small fabric strips
– chocolate chips or raisins
– orange pipe cleaner
– small twigs
1. Begin by preparing a batch of cloud dough using oil and cornstarch.
2. Roll the cloud dough into 3 snowballs. These will be the body of your snowman. Stack and assemble them to create the body.
3. Use your orange pipe cleaner for a nose, chocolate chips for eyes and buttons, and the fabric strips for a scarf. You can also use small twigs for arms. Decorate the mini snowman as you see fit.
4. Your mini snowman is now ready to be displayed and shown off!
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What Would You Do? Journaling Activity
In this activity, children will think about what they would do if they found a magic snowman! What kinds of adventures would ensue? This activity is designed to be fun so be prepared to be their scribe as they tell the story. I like to use a whiteboard to write down their ideas as they flow out of them. Since you’re talking about emotions, you might need to answer the questions out loud as well.
– whiteboard or paper
– drawing paper
1. Begin by brainstorming.
- What do you think the children in the book thought when they created a magic snowman?
- How did they feel?
- What did they say?
2. Discuss how you would feel if you created a magic snowman.
- What sorts of adventures would you have?
- Where would you go?
- What would he or she be like?
3. Take a few minutes to come up with a story about what would happen if YOU found a magic snowman. Keep the focus on making the story personal. This is when the whiteboard comes into play. Logan tells me the story orally, I write it down. I always get a much better story out of him when he doesn’t get bogged down with the fine motor delay.
4. Alternately, you could have your child draw a picture, or video his story for posterity.
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Frozen sensory jar
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