Snowman activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some "There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow" Activities With Me

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksThere Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro, is one of my favorite winter books. My kiddos LOVE it.

It's perfect for practicing sequencing and a variety of other standards.

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksWith that in mind, I designed There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow Literacy Packet, with quick, easy and fun "print & go" activities, games, and even a class-made book “We Swallowed Some Stuff Too!.

The packet includes:

* A "label the cover" worksheet, with completed sample.

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter books* Characters, setting and events pocket chart cards.
* Story elements, plus Beginning-Middle-& End parts of the story, worksheets.

* Worksheets for sequencing the story.
* Several writing prompt worksheets, for summarizing the story and explaining your favorite part.

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter books* Who-What-Why-When-Where-How? worksheet.
* Several games, including a set of Memory Match cards that you can play 3 additional games with.

*Venn diagram worksheets, which are a fun way to practice comparison & contrast.
* A graphing extension.

* 27, pocket chart, sentence cards, which help review the story, as well as practice capitalization & end punctuation.
activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter books* There's a matching set of mini cards, to use for several other activities.

* “Ask me to tell you the story." bookmarks.
* "Ss is for snowman and . . ." beginning letter sound worksheet.

* Rhyme time worksheet, with matching answer-key poster
"How Many Words Can You Make?” worksheet with an answer-key poster, plus
A class-made, writing prompt book: "We Swallowed Some Stuff Too"

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksSince the story telling "slider" that I made for The Mitten, by Jan Brett, was such a hit, I decided to make one for The Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow too. 

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksThere are two choices. One is vertical, the other horizontal, plus I’ve included a full-color pattern for you, as well as a black & white template for students. 

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksStudents color, cut and glue their slider together. 

As children pull on the end of the “slider”, the various pictures go through the “window”, so that it looks like the cold lady is swallowing these things just like in the story.

I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children.  We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are excited to transition to making a "cold lady" of their own. 

Finally, another quick, easy and fun option for sequencing and retelling the story, is The Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow story Wheel and Puzzle Packet, which also helps assess comprehension.

There are full color patterns to use for centers, as well as a sample to share, plus a black and white pattern, so your students can make their own.

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksWhen everyone is done with their story wheel, take a moment to retell the story as a whole group, by turning the wheel.

As a comprehension-assessment tool, and for fine motor practice, another option is to have students cut up the picture sections, then glue them to the blank wheel in the appropriate order.

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksTo practice ordinal numbers, have children write 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. on each piece.

I've also included "Sequence the Story” Puzzles.

Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black & white pattern, so children can color, cut and arrange their own puzzle.

There's also a writing prompt worksheet, where students write what happened in the story.

cover 100 days certificatesIf you’re studying fractions, be sure and take a teachable moment to review that vocabulary and information.

I know a lot of teachers will be celebrating 100 Day soon, so the featured FREEBIE today is a packet of 18, 100 Day Certificates, in color as well as black and white.   I hope you find them useful.

activities for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, activities for winter books, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activities, common core standards for there was a cold lady who swallowed some snow, favorite winter booksWell that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting.

I hope your students enjoy The Little Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow and the certificates as much as mine do. 

Wishing you a carefree and cozy day.

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself!"  - John Dewey

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Snowman Activities With Me  

The flurries are swirling and twirling outside my window, so it's the perfect morning to blog about some of my favorite snowman-themed activities.

We all know that “Practice makes perfect”, but sometimes those worksheets get a bit tiresome. With that in mind, I wanted to create a wintry math activity that children would enjoy.

domino math activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, analog and digital time activities, snowman clocks, snowman centers, snowman worksheets, vowel pair activitiesDominic, the domino snowman, is a quick easy and fun math game with a variety of options that practice addition and subtraction.

I’ve also provided a simple work mat, for PK kiddos, so that they can practice rolling the dice, counting the dots, finding the matching dominos, then tracing & writing those two numbers.

You can play the game with real dominoes (They sell them at The Dollar Store) or run off the paper dominoes provided, so each student has their own set. The PK paper dominoes, only have one number on them.

The game can be played as an entire class, by having children work in small groups or with a partner
You can also set this up as an independent math center.

I’ve provided colorful math mats that you can print and laminate, as well as black & white versions in a large, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page size, so that children can color their own.

The recording sheets provide practice writing equations horizontally, while the math mats are vertical
It’s important to practice both directions because standardized tests include both, and can otherwise be confusing to children.

 The snowman clock matching game, can be used for an independent math center as well. Students match the analog and digital clocks with the appropriate hatband, arranging them on the snowman.  You could also use the snowman and his puzzle pieces, as an interesting and fun way to individually assess a child, or . . .

domino math activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, analog and digital time activities, snowman clocks, snowman centers, snowman worksheets, vowel pair activitiesMake a snowman clock as a whole-group craftivity, and have students each make one of their own. 
To use the snowman as a whole-group assessment tool, run the blank clocks off on glossy photo paper and trim. Students glue it to their snowman to create a mini dry erase board.   Do the same thing for the digital time square.

Call out a time.  Using a dry erase marker, children draw the hands to show that time, then write it digitally in the rectangle.  You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.  To use the snowman as a clock, print off the blank clock pattern and trim.

Students glue it to their snowman and poke a hole in the center. Attach card stock "hands", or use a large and small paperclip, attached with a brass brad, that children manipulate to show whatever time is called for.

I’ve also included a set of mitten-themed telling time cards, which you can also use in a variety of ways: flashcards, games, a bulletin board display or snip in half to make puzzles. The cards reinforce digital, as well as analog time to the hour and half hour.

The packet also includes: two assessment templates, a blank set of cards to program with whatever, as well as a black and white clock page, with a cover, so that your kiddos can make an “Itty Bitty” Telling Time booklet.   

domino math activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, analog and digital time activities, snowman clocks, snowman centers, snowman worksheets, vowel pair activitiesAnother quick, easy & fun little snowman craftivity is the name snowman, which is very versatile.  Children can spell out their entire name, or simply do just their initial.

Studying winter vocabulary words, working on CVC or sight words? Those are other options. Give children a choice, or assign them a word to spell out. 
I’ve also included a writing prompt worksheet with a winter border: “I like winter because . . . However, I don’t like winter when . . .”

Children will be excited to get down to the business of writing, so they can make the snowman “topper” to put above their paper.  
I’ve also included a blank pattern so you can program with a different prompt. Completed projects make a sweet winter bulletin board too.
There's also a blank, black and white template, so students can make up their own puzzles, or you can program with whatever.

Besides the craftivity, you can mix and match the 5 sets of upper and lowercase letter cards to create alphabet games & centers. 
I’ve also included a 3-page tip list of ideas, which includes the “Kaboom!” game

domino math activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, analog and digital time activities, snowman clocks, snowman centers, snowman worksheets, vowel pair activitiesFinally, I just finished these sweet snowman vowel pair puzzles.They are an interesting and fun way to practice those tricky vowel pair words.  

Use them for an independent literacy center, where students put them together as puzzles or sort them alphabetically or as groups of rhyming words.

You can also partner children up to play a Memory Match game, or use them for a whole-group, “I Have; Who Has?” game.
I’ve included a sorting mat, as well as two different worksheets for students to write the words on, as they complete the center activities.

domino math activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, analog and digital time activities, snowman clocks, snowman centers, snowman worksheets, vowel pair activitiesThere's also a blank, black and white template, so students can make up their own puzzles, or you can program with whatever.

Besides the craftivity, you can mix and match the 5 sets of upper and lowercase letter cards to create alphabet games & centers. 
I’ve also included a 3-page tip list of ideas, which includes the “Kaboom!” game.

The featured FREEBIE for today is a "Snowman on a Roll Dice Game" which reinforces number sense, counting, plus addition if you play with 2 dice.  Well that's it for today. 

domino math activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, analog and digital time activities, snowman clocks, snowman centers, snowman worksheets, vowel pair activitiesThanks for stopping by.  I hope you found something to make winter a bit more fun.  Wishing you a special day filled with lots of smiles.

"Life is like a blanket of snow.  Be careful how you step on it, as every step will show." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Snowman Activities With Me

 Whenever I toss in a bit of craftiness to our learning, I grab my kiddos' attention and they can't wait to get down to business. It's an absolute joy to see them so happily engaged. 

The little bit of extra prep time is well worth the effort, as everyone is focused and on task, with no wasted time with discipline problems or re-explaining things to students who were not listening. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesPlus, completed projects make wonderful bulletin boards and hallway displays, which promote pride in their work and increased self-esteem.

With this in mind, I designed a variety of snowman-themed activities, that practice a variety of standards.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activities"The Snowman's Nose" is a quick, easy and fun way to practice: upper & lowercase letters, numbers to up to 20 or backwards from 31, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, and can also be a way to whole-group assess. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesThere are 8 different snowman heads to choose from. Simply choose which one is appropriate for your kiddos.

"Snowy's Nose" by Kelly Asbury, is a sweet book to read before or after this craft.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesAnother way to practice upper and lowercase letters, counting forwards and backwards, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s, is with Pete the Puzzling Snowman.

Print, color, laminate and trim a set, keeping each puzzle in its own Baggie, and use them for an independent center activity, or do as a whole-group craftivity.

Children can color my snowman face, or they can draw one of their own, on the blank pattern

After children cut up their puzzle template, they arrange the pieces on a blue sheet of construction paper, leaving a little gap in-between each strip, creating a cool mosaic effect.

For more alphabet practice, try my Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, which build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet wheels, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesThey feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black and white, for individual word work, as well as color, so that you can use them as an independent center activity.

I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order

We revisit the letter Ss in January, with the Ss is for Snowman alphabet wheel.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesTo practice 2D shapes, make a set of "Shapely Snowmen". 

Look closely at the photo, and you'll see that the snowman's facial features match the 2D shape of his head. 

I put a sprig of holly on my hats, but a paper punched snowflake would also look cute.

Use them as giant flashcards, (Hold one up. Children call out what shape it is, along with its attributes, like the number of vertices), use them as a 2D bulletin board display, independent math center, or do as a craftivity, and have students make one of their own.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesYou can also play a variety of games with them. I've included directions in the packet.

My kiddos absolutely LOVE playing  "4 Corner Freeze"

It's easy-peasy for me, and only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the end of the day, or when you want to give your students a brain break or get the wiggles out. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesFinally, if your kiddos need some review with color and color words, the Colorful Snowman Games packet is an interesting and fun way to practice.

Students can play the color-matching game as an independent center, or choose a partner and play a spinner game.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesMake an extra set and glue the puzzle hat and scarf pieces to the appropriate snowman and use them for your winter word wall, or a bulletin board display.

I’ve also included a plain set, for students to draw in their own snowman face, if you want to do this as a whole-group craftivity, where each child makes their favorite color snowman.   The packet also includes a “Colors on a Roll” dice game

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesThe other snowman color activity is Snowman Colors, which features an emergent reader that covers lots of standards, as students read the repetitive sentences, circle capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the words, and color the pictures.  Days of the week + color words are also reinforced.

The packet includes 3 graphing extensions, a game, bookmark and a worksheet, plus a cute snowman craftivity, where the “scarf” is a little flip booklet, featuring color words.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet wheels, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesThe featured FREEBIE today is a set of "I Spy" snowface worksheet games, which help reinforce upper and lowercase letters + numbers from 1-20.

I did "I Spy" daily, as a fun way for my Y5's to practice, as well as a quick and easy way for me to whole-group assess.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin board ideas, snowman games, 2D shape activities, color word activities, color activities, alphabet activities, skip counting activitiesWell that's it for today.  Hope you found something here that tickled your fancy. The sun is shining outside my office window and making the snow sparkle.

As Mr. Rogers used to say: "It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood." Wishing you a carefree day filled with Brrrrr-illiance!

"Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch." -Walt Whitman

1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Activities With Me

No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs. They are a quick, easy and fun way to practice listening and following directions.

With that in mind I designed a snowman glyph.  Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, and provide an interesting way to get to know your kiddos too.

place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students try and figure out who made some of the snowman glyphs. I've also included 3 graphing extensions to practice another math standard

silas cover silas 3D shaped snowman windsock 2place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, Another super-fun snowman activity, is Silas, the 3D Cylinder Shaped Snowman.

I've found that if I toss a bit of craftiness into our lesson, I not only grab my students' attention, but they learn and retain those concepts better. 

The cylinder shape was a bit of a toughie for some of my kiddos, so this really helped solidify the concept.

Silas does double duty, as his facial features practice and review 2D shapes, which can be drawn on, or cut and glued.

Finally, my kiddos needed more place value practice. To put a bit of zippidy-doo-dah in reinforcing this math standard, I designed  Petey, a super-fun place value snowman.
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Simply print the worksheet filled with an assortment of place value blocks. (There's 2 on a page).

Students decide which pieces they want to use to decorate their PV snowman with, then color, cut and glue them to the pattern.

place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, Afterwards, they figure out the value of their snowman, then fill out the "My Place Value Snowman" worksheet.

I've included a blank template as well, if you think this is too much information for younger kiddos.

Children can fill out the black and white version, with whatever information is appropriate for their level. 

I've included one in color, so that teachers can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board or hallway display. 

For more wintry place value practice, I designed a snowman, whole-group assessment game, which can also be used as an independent center activity.

aI’ve included both a full page snowman, as well as a two-on-a-page pattern.  Students can draw in their own snowman face, or color my pattern.

place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, To turn these into dry erase “boards”, cut squares out of glossy photo paper.  Each student needs 4 to glue on top of the squares on their place value snowman.   My students keep their snowman in their math journals, as we play the game once or twice a week. 

Students, don’t really seem to get tired of it, and the place value “light bulbs” go on rather quickly in their heads.   Despite the fact that many of my kiddos can't count past 100, they still can wrap their brains around place value, when shown visually, by playing this game.

Print; laminate and trim the number cards (0-9) and toss them in a mitten or winter cap.  Choose 3 students to pick a card.  This will become the 3-digit number that students write in the number squares of the snowman’s hat, using a dry erase marker.

cover rip and tear snowmanplace value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, Today's featured FREEBIE is a "Rip & Tear" snowman craft. Ripping and tearing paper is a super-fun way for kiddos to strengthen those finger and hand muscles. 

place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, The packet includes a pattern for a mosaic snowman, as well as a whole, torn paper one. 

My kiddos do one the first week of January, then the other at the end of the month. 

Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board or hallway display, which we keep up through February. 

In the photograph, you can see Silas, the 3D cylinder shaped snowman, hanging with our rip and tear snowmen.

place value activities, place value crafts, place value games, snowman activities, snowman crafts, January bulletin boards, snowman glyph, glyphs, 3D cylider shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Even tho' it's a chilly 33 degrees outside, the sun is shining, so I think I'll take my poodle pup Chloe for a walk.  Wishing you an energizing day.

"The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results." - Anthony Roberts

1-2-3 Come Snip Some Snowflakes With Me

During the last few days before Christmas break, we took down all of our December bulletin boards and hallway displays featuring my students' work.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, snowman crafts, snowman activities, january bulletin board ideas, directions for cutting snowflakes, snowflake patterns, 2D shape activities, 2D shape craftsBecause everything looked so bare, I always liked to do a craftivity on party day, that we could hang up for January. "Snippy, the 2D Snowflake", is perfect for that.

When it comes to practicing our scissor  skills, is there any cutting activity more fun than snipping a paper snowflake?

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, snowman crafts, snowman activities, january bulletin board ideas, directions for cutting snowflakes, snowflake patterns, 2D shape activities, 2D shape craftsMy Y5s absolutely LOVE making them, as there seems something almost magical about gently unfolding their creation, to reveal a lovely lacy snowflake.

With that in mind, I designed Snippy, the Shapely Snowflake Snowman, as a way to practice and review 2D shapes.

Although they look pretty awesome, they are no more difficult than cutting a regular paper, just follow my simple directions. 

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, snowman crafts, snowman activities, january bulletin board ideas, directions for cutting snowflakes, snowflake patterns, 2D shape activities, 2D shape craftsIf you opt to just make a regular snowflake, using coffee filters, instead of paper, is much easier for PK kiddos to cut.

The more "chunks" you snip, the more intricate your snowflake. Snipping chunks in the various 2D shapes, will also help reinforce this Common Core Standard.

I show my kiddos how to cut squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, a diamond rhombus, as well as a heart

Although each snowflake will be unique, just like real ones, the various shapes will be the same for everyone. 

Tsnowflake activities, snowflake crafts, snowman crafts, snowman activities, january bulletin board ideas, directions for cutting snowflakes, snowflake patterns, 2D shape activities, 2D shape craftshose snowflakes then becomes Snippy's body, with the hatbands stating the name of the shape.

Even if you choose not to do this as a whole-group, listening and following directions craftivity, make a set for a lovely "Winter Wonderland Wall", to use as shape review.

The packet includes directions, patterns and photographs of the folded steps, plus pictures of the completed projects.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, snowflake bulletin boards, snip snip snow, paper snowflake patterns, snowman activities, snowman crafts, snowman bulletin boards, winter bulletin boards, January crafts for kids, shape activities, shape crafts, directions for cutting paper snowflakes, Before we make our snowflakes, I read Snip Snip Snow by Nancy Poydar.   It’s one of my favorite snowflake books and my Y5’s really enjoy it. 

They always asked if they can make a snowflake too, which provides the perfect segue to our paper cutting activities.  

For almost all of them, this is a first-time experience, so they are extremely excited to begin.  To save time, you can prefold the paper for little ones, otherwise you can do the folding portion as a "monkey-see, monkey-do" following direction activity.  

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I always had a few kiddo's who got caught up in snipping and failed to follow directions.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to run off a few extra shapes. 

I hope your kiddos have a blizzard of fun as they snip snip away. The results are truly amazing!

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, dot to dot snowflake, ballerina snowflake,snowflake bulletin boards, snip snip snow, paper snowflake patterns, snowman activities, snowman crafts, snowman bulletin boards, winter bulletin boards, January crafts for kids, shape activities, shape crafts, directions for cutting paper snowflakes, Finally, while researching paper snowflakes, I came across the lovely idea of using a snowflake as a paper tutu for a ballerina, over at Krokotak What little princess wouldn't want to make one of these! 

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snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, snowman crafts, snowman activities, january bulletin board ideas, directions for cutting snowflakes, snowflake patterns, name activities, name crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape craftsThe featured FREEBIE today is another shape craftivity.  I call them snowman name stackers.

They are a quick, easy and fun way to practice name recognition, letters, circles, squares and rectangles. 

My kiddos also make these before break, so that we can hang them on our lockers.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, dot to dot snowflake, ballerina snowflake,snowflake bulletin boards, snip snip snow, paper snowflake patterns, snowman activities, snowman crafts, snowman bulletin boards, winter bulletin boards, January crafts for kids, shape activities, shape crafts, directions for cutting paper snowflakes, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. I'll be watching Kaiden (3) and Kaitlyn (1) today.

My grandchildren are certainly rainbows in my life.

Maybe we'll make some snowflakes and attach them to the packages that still need wrapping.  Wishing you "fun-tastic" day. 

"Good friends are like snowflakes.  Each different and beautiful in their own way." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Creative Christmas Writing With Me

No matter what your age, pretending is so much fun, particularly with children.  It's easy for them to become princesses and pirates. 

penguin activities, reindeer activities, snowman activities, snowflake activities, writing prompts for December, Christmas writing prompts, Venn diagrams, With that in mind, I designed 7, creative, Christmas-themed, writing prompts. 

They are easy-peasy "print & go" worksheets, that I'm sure your students will enjoy.

The more creative aspect, has students "think outside the box" and really try and become an elf, reindeer, snowman or gingerbread cookie.

What would these "characters" say, or what might they overhear in a conversation that Santa is having? 

penguin activities, reindeer activities, snowman activities, snowflake activities, writing prompts for December, Christmas writing prompts, Venn diagrams, You can simply give students a choice, and only do one, or add the cute journal cover, and have students write a new one each day.

penguin activities, reindeer activities, snowman activities, snowflake activities, writing prompts for December, Christmas writing prompts, Venn diagrams, Another option, is to have students do a non-fiction prompt, using factual information that they've learned about penguins and snowflakes.

What would they say, that would tell us factual information?

When everyone is done, go around the room, and have each student share one thing.

penguin activities, reindeer activities, snowman activities, snowflake activities, writing prompts for December, Christmas writing prompts, Venn diagrams, No time to complete them all in class? They make fun "homework" that your students will enjoy doing.

To add a bit of technology to the lesson, give them the sites you want them to visit to get some facts about penguins, reindeer, or snow, that they can then include when writing their sentences.

My full-color, completed samples, will give you an example that you can share with your students, to help explain what you want them to do. They match the black & white templates for students.

penguin activities, reindeer activities, snowman activities, snowflake activities, writing prompts for December, Christmas writing prompts, Venn diagrams, Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look at the Now You're Talkin' Christmas Writing Prompts/Journal.

Here's hoping your kiddos enjoy "pretend writing" as much as I did creating the samples.

The featured FREEBIE today, is another form of writing.  Using a Venn diagram helps your students learn to compare and contrast in a fun way. 

There are 7 Venn diagrams in this packet, all featuring an elf. I've included color as well as black and white templates. 

Use the black and white copy for students to write their own, then call them up for a whole-group discussion and add everyone's ideas onto the colored Venn diagram. 

penguin activities, reindeer activities, snowman activities, snowflake activities, writing prompts for December, Christmas writing prompts, Venn diagrams, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's a chilly, but sunny morning, and I'm in the mood and energized to start decorating for Christmas!  Wishing you a festive day.

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family, all wrapped up in each other." -Burton Hillis

1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Activities With Me

We didn't have much snow in December, but January is certainly making up for it. There's certainly enough to make a few fat snowmen; so I wanted to feature some of my favorite snowman-themed activities.

snowman crafts, snowman activities, color word activities, color games, color activities, snowman clock, digital time activities, analog time activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, telling time games, emergent readers, free emergent readers, color booklet, end punctuation activities, skip counting activities, snowman puzzles, January bulletin board ideas, winter bulletin boardsA snowman's head is perfect for reviewing 2D shapes.  I had a lot of fun making these shapely snowmen.  You can make a set for a winter bulletin board, anchor chart-posters, large flashcards to review and assess the shapes, a center matching activity, or have students choose their favorite and make one. 

Look carefully and you'll see that the snowman's facial features also match the 2D shape of his head.  Click on the link to view/download the shapely snowman packet.

snowman crafts, snowman activities, color word activities, color games, color activities, snowman clock, digital time activities, analog time activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, telling time games, emergent readers, free emergent readers, color booklet, end punctuation activities, skip counting activities, snowman puzzles, January bulletin board ideas, winter bulletin boardsReinforce a variety of standards with these 7 snowman puzzles that cover upper and lowercase letters, counting backwards, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.  Make a set to use as puzzles for an independent center.

These also make a lovely bulletin board.  Caption: Learning is “snow” much fun!  Have students choose a snowman that they want to make.  Run off copies, they trim and glue to a sheet of blue or black construction paper. 

For a mosaic appearance, tell students to put a small space in-between.  Add a bit more pizazz by having students make “snowflakes” with a Q-tip dipped in white paint.  For that finishing touch, sprinkle the wet paint dots with opalescent glitter.

snowman crafts, snowman activities, color word activities, color games, color activities, snowman clock, digital time activities, analog time activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, telling time games, emergent readers, free emergent readers, color booklet, end punctuation activities, skip counting activities, snowman puzzles, January bulletin board ideas, winter bulletin boardsIf you are working on colors or color words with your students, I think you'll enjoy the Snowman Color Match packet. Students can play the game as an independent center, or choose a partner and play a spinner game. 

snowman crafts, snowman activities, color word activities, color games, color activities, snowman clock, digital time activities, analog time activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, telling time games, emergent readers, free emergent readers, color booklet, end punctuation activities, skip counting activities, snowman puzzles, January bulletin board ideas, winter bulletin boardsMake an extra set and have students glue the puzzle hat and scarf pieces to the appropriate snowman and use them for your winter word wall. There's a plain set for students to draw in their own snowman face, as well as an illustrated set.

snowman crafts, snowman activities, color word activities, color games, color activities, snowman clock, digital time activities, analog time activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, telling time games, emergent readers, free emergent readers, color booklet, end punctuation activities, skip counting activities, snowman puzzles, January bulletin board ideas, winter bulletin boardsThe snowman-themed emergent reader, covers lots of standards, as students read the repetitive sentences, circle capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the words, and color the pictures. 

Days of the week + color words are reinforced. Three graphing extensions, a game, bookmark and a worksheet are all included as well.

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Print the snowman template on white construction paper; laminate and trim. 

Run off the hatband-time words, the digital time-rectangles and the analog clocks; laminate and trim.

Students choose a time and then match all of the pieces and parts to complete that snowman.  Make an extra set and glue together for a "Time For Winter" bulletin board. 

Students can also make their own snowman clock to use as an assessment tool.  Run off the analog clock and digital time box templates, on glossy photo paper.  Children trim and glue to their snowman. They now have a dry erase digital and analog clock

Teacher calls out a time. Using dry erase markers, students draw hands on the clock and write the digital time in the box, then hold up their snowman when they are done. 

This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty. Children use a tissue to wipe off that answer, so they can play another round.  Continue the game 'til you have covered/assessed all of the time options.

snowman crafts, snowman activities, color word activities, color games, color activities, snowman clock, digital time activities, analog time activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, telling time games, emergent readers, free emergent readers, color booklet, end punctuation activities, skip counting activities, snowman puzzles, January bulletin board ideas, winter bulletin boardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you found some useful activities to help bring out the brrrr-illiance in your kiddos.  As for me, it's time to brave the wintry artic to buy a few groceries, as Mother Hubbard's cupboard is indeed bare, and I'm clueless what to make for dinner.

Hopefully it won't take too long to find my car under the avalance of snow it's frosted with.  Wishing you a stress-free happy day.

"I get a special feeling when I walk on snow that no one else has.  It's a mixture of awe, adventure and amazement; and makes me wonder if this is something akin to what explorers and astronauts experienced, when they left their footprints on places yet to be discovered by others.  Certainly a pleasant feeling of accomplishment at being first." - Diane Henderson

1-2-3 Come "Build" A Snowman With Me

I was really on a creative roll the other day.  All one needs to do is spend a little time on Pinterest and if you're like me, the brain shoots into over drive!  So many ideas and not enough time in my life to do everything I'd like to.  Sound familiar?

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All of them though, had just 25 numbers on them, because they were using the snowman as a countdown activity. 

I LOVE the idea of the moving carrot nose, so I thought I'd write "stuff" around the snowman's face that would make him perfect for the classroom, as an educational manipulative in December or January. Thus "Snowy" the ed-venturous educational snowman was born.

It was fun designing a paper snowman face that can review upper and lowercase letters and numbers to 31.  I've also included a face for skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's or 10's.  Or... You can simply make one for your calendar center and countdown the days in January.  

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, These make a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess too. 

Call out a number/letter and have students move their snowman's nose to that position or... move your teacher sample to an uppercase letter, and have students find the matching lowercase letter on theirs. 

For added pizzazz, I ran the carrot noses through my crinkle machine.  My Y5's called this the "Cruncher Muncher." 

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, It provided great fine motor practice, as students turned the crank to get the paper through the rollers. 

Jam paper carries this awesome tool called a "corru-gator"  which easily crimps paper.  They have a "wave" pattern as well as a straight line one.  Once you roll your paper through, it comes out looking like corrugated cardboard, and really adds that finishing touch.

Poke a hole at the end of the carrot and use a brass brad to fasten the nose to the snowman.   Click on the link to view/download the Snowman's Nose packet.

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, An adorable book to read before or after this activity, is entitled: Where's Snowy's Nose? by Kelly Asbury. It was one of my Y5's favorites.

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, Thanks for visiting today.  I need to get going, as I have a few more things I need to run out and get for tomorrow's family gathering. 

Love having a full house, which means 14 adults, 5 grandchildren, 3 dogs and a partridge in a pear tree... Wishing you a glorious day filled with everything and everyone you enjoy the most.

 "Wisdom from a snowman: It's OK to be a little bottom heavy.  Don't get too much sun.  Everyone "nose" carrots are good for you.  Be a jolly happy soul.  It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.  It's fun to hang out in your front yard.  Remember, we're all a bit flakey and that's what makes things interesting. Have a pure heart. White goes with everything.  We are all unique and special.  Accessorize, accessorize, accesorize." -Unknown

1-2-3 come Enjoy Winter Wonderland With Me!

Oh my!  It's  really snowing hard, and the winter wonderland swirling outside my office window is spectacular!  We are supposed to get 17 inches! Woo hoo!  As long as it's winter it might as well snow.  There's always the added excitement of a snow day right? So bring it on!

Making templates for my daily tabletop lessons, was a real time saver for me.  The repetition empowered my Y5's, as they were familiar with the format and could get right down to business, without wasting time with a lot of directions.  To keep things fresh and interesting, I simply changed the clip art. 

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Print, laminate and trim the number cards 1-120.  Toss them into a basket.  Have a child choose one, as the number students will use to fill in their worksheet with.  When kiddo's are done, they can exchange their paper with another child to correct.  (Saves you time, and provides extra practice for your kiddo's.)

You can also use these for your sub folder, homework practice, something for early finishers, or assessments.  Click on the link to view/download the January Number Fun Packet.   If you'd like the Big Bundle number fun packet (105 pages!) that includes all of the months, click on the link.

snowman activities, snowmen activities, analog time activities, digital time activities, 1.MD.3 common core state standards for 1st, telling time activities, telling time games, place value activities, tally mark activities, addition and subtraction activities, snoman math, math centers, math games, math games for winter, math centers for winterIf you're working on +1 simple addition with your little ones, I think you'll enjoy the snowy +1 Snowman booklet. 

Students trace and write the numbers, circle the number in the sequence, add +1 to arrive at a new number and then cut and glue X number of snowflakes around the snowman. 

I've also included a graphing extension.  Click on the link to grab it. +1 Snowman Addition booklet. 

Finally, help review analog and digital time (to the hour and half hour) with the Time For Snow snowman clock matching game.  Print the snowman template on white construction paper; laminate and trim.  Run off the hatband-time words, the digital time-rectangles and the analog clocks; laminate and trim.

snowman activities, snowmen activities, analog time activities, digital time activities, 1.MD.3 common core state standards for 1st, telling time activities, telling time games, place value activities, tally mark activities, addition and subtraction activities, snoman math, math centers, math games, math games for winter, math centers for winterStudents choose a time and then match all of the pieces and parts to complete that snowman.  Make an extra set and glue together for a "Time For Winter" bulletin board. 

Run off the analog clock and digital time box templates, on glossy photo paper.  Children trim and glue to their snowman, to make a dry erase digital and analog clock. 

Teacher calls out a time and students draw hands on the clock and write in the digital time in the box, using a dry erase marker. 

Children hold up their snowman when they are done.  This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess. Students erase that answer and the teacher calls out another time. 

Play continues 'til you have reviewed all of the times to the hour or half hour.  Click on the link to view/download the Time For Snow matching game.

snowman activities, snowmen activities, analog time activities, digital time activities, 1.MD.3 common core state standards for 1st, telling time activities, telling time games, place value activities, tally mark activities, addition and subtraction activities, snoman math, math centers, math games, math games for winter, math centers for winterThanks for visiting today.  I'm off to unbury my snow shovel.  Wishing you a warm and snuggly day.

"Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood." -Andy Goldsworthy

1-2-3 Do Some New Year Activities With Me


snowman matching game, 77 favorite January children's books, snowman activities, snowmen, snowman games, happy new year bookmarks, free 2014 bookmarks, free happy new year posters, free happy new year cards, happy new year 2014 activities, happy new year activities, new year activities, new year crafts, new year writing prompts,color word activities, color words, snowman activitiesI hope everyone had a safe and relaxing New Year.  We enjoyed watching the Tournament of Roses Parade.  I made up a few interesting writing prompts that you can give your students on the day they come back.  They are nice for the writing portion of your Daily 5

One prompt packet is about the parade and includes a Venn diagram comparing Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Tournament of Roses New Year's Parade.   Click on the link to view/download the New Year Parade Writing prompts. 

The other is a Happy New Year writing prompt-craftivity. Run the balloon pattern off on a variety of colors of construction paper.  Students choose one, trim, and complete the 3 writing prompts.  Children add hands to the clock so that it reads midnight.  Gluing on a school photo adds that finishing touch.  

cov hny writing prompt balloonYou can also have students write a longer prompt on the back of their balloon.  Tie with yarn or curling ribbon and dangle from the ceiling. 

I've included a pattern for this New Year (2014) as well as two with a blank for whatever number (201____ and 202____)  you need, so that you can use this craftivity each year.  Click on the link for the Happy New Year Writing-Prompt Craftivity to view/download it.

snowman matching game, 77 favorite January children's books, snowman activities, snowmen, snowman games, happy new year bookmarks, free 2014 bookmarks, free happy new year posters, free happy new year cards, happy new year 2014 activities, happy new year activities, new year activities, new year crafts, new year writing prompts,color word activities, color words, snowman activitiesThere's also a packet of New Year posters, mini-cards and bookmarks that you can print off and place in your students desks, on their tables or tuck into their backpacks.   Click on the link to view/download the Happy New Year Poster-Bookmark packet.

snowman matching game, 77 favorite January children's books, snowman activities, snowmen, snowman games, happy new year bookmarks, free 2014 bookmarks, free happy new year posters, free happy new year cards, happy new year 2014 activities, happy new year activities, new year activities, new year crafts, new year writing prompts,color word activities, color words, snowman activitiesI had a request for a list of my favorite books for January, so I compiled one with 77 of my all-time favorites.  Click on the link to view/print it. January Bibliography 

snowman matching game, 77 favorite January children's books, snowman activities, snowmen, snowman games, happy new year bookmarks, free 2014 bookmarks, free happy new year posters, free happy new year cards, happy new year 2014 activities, happy new year activities, new year activities, new year crafts, new year writing prompts,color word activities, color words, snowman activitiesFinally, in yesterday's blog article I promised to complete the Snowman Color Matching Game that's a great companion to the Snowman Colors packet.  Click on the links to grab them.  There are several ways to use the Snowman Color Matching Game packet. 

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Whatever color they land on, is the snowman that they "dress" in the matching colored items. I've included a blank set, where students can draw on their own snowman faces, as well as a set that has faces on them. 

You can give each student their own snowman to complete and have them glue the hat and scarf on.  These can then be used for your winter word wall. 

snowman matching game, snowman activities, snowmen, snowman games, happy new year bookmarks, free 2014 bookmarks, free happy new year posters, free happy new year cards, happy new year 2014 activities, happy new year activities, new year activities, new year crafts, new year writing prompts,color word activities, color words, snowman activitiesStudents can also make their own personal "favorite" color snowman, as I've included a snowman pattern for that too. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Color Matching Game. 

snowman matching game, snowman activities, snowmen, snowman games, happy new year bookmarks, free 2014 bookmarks, free happy new year posters, free happy new year cards, happy new year 2014 activities, happy new year activities, new year activities, new year crafts, new year writing prompts,color word activities, color words, snowman activitiesThanks for visiting.  Feel free to PIN away.  I design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop by tomorrow for the newest FREEBIES.  I'm working on some adorable mitten activities, interesting stuff for Martin Luther King Day, as well as some super-fun things for Chinese New Year.   

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -H. Jackson Brown from P.S. I Love You

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