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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fingerplays and Songs about SNOW!

A Chubby Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a rabbit
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny,
Was looking for his lunch,
He ATE the snowman's nose...
Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!

This snowman poem is fun to use in a variety of ways with your child:

** You can do sign language or motions with this poem which turns it into a fingerplay.

** You can make magnetic board pieces which turns it into a magnetic board story so that your child can retell it over and over using your refrigerator as a backdrop. 

** You can make puppets that can be used while saying the poem which turns it into a fun puppetshow.

** You can create a snowman picture with the words written underneath the picture which turns it into a fun language experience/craft activity.

The possibilities are endless!

Special Note:
I will be making future posts that will show the signs/motions for the fingerplay and also the patterns and directions for the pieces for a magnetic board story, for the puppets, and for the language experience/craft. 

New links within the text will take you to the new posts just as the blue link below will take you to a wonderful selection of snow books.

Please check back often for new content on the pages of this blog as it grows into a wondrous place full of all-inclusive themes for your child's learning enjoyment.

Here are some books about snow that can be read along with the songs and fingerplays mentioned above.

Every activity that you enjoy with your child will help your child connect with the words on the pages of the books. This connection will put your child on the road to becoming a successful reader. It is the connection with the words and their meanings that is an important, but much-overlooked, step in the process of learning to read. Knowing or recognizing a word does not necessarily mean a child will understand the meaning of the word in the story. A connection with the child's own experiences is vital to reading comprehension.

The activities shared with you on this blog will promote this vital connection and help you to be your child's BEST reading teacher while having fun and making awesome memories together!


Snowflakes, snowflakes falling down,
(hold hands high)
Softly, quietly to the ground,
(flutter fingers down to floor)
They form a blanket soft and white,
To comfort plants through winter’s night.
(pat floor gently with hands)
See the snowflakes as they play,
(flutter hands and fingers in the air)
Swirling, twirling on their way,
(twirl around with fluttering hands)
What a pretty, sparkly sight,
When all the earth is dressed in white!
(clap hands)


Snowflakes, snowflakes,
Dance around.
(Dance fingers)
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
Touch the ground.
(Touch floor)
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
In the air.
(Flutter fingers upward)
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
(Flutter fingers outward)


These are the snowflakes as they fall.
(flutter fingers downward)
Here is the snowman, straight and tall.
(put up index finger of right hand)
Here is the sun at the end of the day.
(Use thumb and forefinger of left hand to make a circle)
Now the snowman melts away.
(slowly put down index finger)



(Sung to: “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little snowman,
Short and fat.
Here is my broom,
And here is my hat.

When it’s cold and icy,
I will stay.
But when it’s hot,
I melt away.

(Sung to: “Frere Jacques”)

It is snowing.
It is snowing.
All around.
All around.
Soft and quiet snowflakes.
Soft and quiet snowflakes.
Not a sound.
Not a sound.


(Sung to: “Frere Jacques”)

Dance like snowflakes,
Dance like snowflakes.
In the air.
In the air.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes,
Whirling, twirling snowflakes.
Here and there.
Here and there.


I’m a friendly snowman big and fat,
(Stretch arms out at sides)
Here is my tummy and here is my hat.
(Point to tummy, then top of head)
I’m a happy fellow, here’s my nose,
(Smile, then point to nose)
I’m all snow from my head to my toes.
(Point to head, then toes)
I have two bright eyes so I can see
(Point to eyes)
All the snow falling down on me.
(Flutter fingers downward)
When the weather’s cold I’m strong and tall,
(Stnd up straight)
But when it’s warm I become very small.
(Crouch down low)

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