Snowman Activities

Here are some activities we tried this week for our snowman theme.

Circle Time Activity:  How Do You Build a Snowman?

Build A Snowman Activity Image

Materials:  Book: All You Need For A Snowman Snowman Pieces made out of paper with magnetic tape on the back,  Hat, Scarf, Buttons, Carrot Nose.

Objectives:  Students will begin to identify and use special concepts (first/last, over/under, etc.) c. Demonstrate use of vocabulary in oral language to express ideas and events (Colorado Standards:  Oral Expression and Listening, b. Begin to identify and use special concepts (first/last, over/under, etc.) c. Demonstrate use of vocabulary in oral language to express ideas and events) 

Assessment:  Standards will have been met when students are able to express ideas about where to place the different parts of the snowman.

Procedure: Read book, All You Need For A Snowman.

SayNow we are going to talk about how to assemble a snowman.”  Students use specific language with details needed to know where to put each piece. The teacher moves the pieces to where students say to move them.  When instructions are not explained correctly, purposely put the piece out of place.

Snowman Activity 2: Snowman Craft

Tell students they can use what they know about how snowmen are built to draw a snowman for our winter bulletin board.  Students draw a picture of a big snowman on chart paper.  Cut them out and add these to the winter weather bulletin board.

Snowman Activity # 4: Snowman Puppets

Students use white paper or cotton balls, scrap paper, popsicle sticks to make snowman puppets.

Snowman Puppets Image

More Snowman Activities

The Snowman Pokey  – Sung to the hokey pokey, each student moves a little snowman puppet to the words:

You Put Your Snowman In, You Put Your Snowman Out

You Put Your Snowman In And You Shake Him All About!

You Do the Snowman Pokey and you turn yourself about.

That’s what it’s all about (Snowman Pokey!)

 

You Put Your Snowman up, you put your snowman down

You put your snowman up

And you shake him all around!

You Do the Snowman Pokey and you turn yourself about.

That’s what it’s all about (Snowman Pokey!)

 

Here is another printable snowman poem and activity with snowman puppets: Five Little Snowmen Printable Snowmen Puppets and Poem

Large Motor Connection – Build a real snowman outside in the snow.

Snowman Take-Home Activity: Free Build-A-Snowman Printable from The Purple Pumpkin Blog 

Build A Snowman Printable

 

 

 

Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten

With icicles, ice rinks, and snow a bound,  what better time to have a little fun with some ice exploration?

Now that there is snow on the ground, ice is everywhere.  The morning before I teach this lesson, I add ice to the sensory table, including icicles and snow if possible.  This give the kids a chance to explore ice without the food coloring or salt, which we will explore later.

Here are my lesson plans:

Lesson Title: Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten.

Grades: PreK-Kindergarten

Subject: Science

Objectives: Students will use senses and tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Materials: Book: Mice On Ice by Rebecca Emberley, Trays or plastic containers, ice cubes, colored ice cubes (add food coloring to the water before freezing) or blocks of ice (frozen in plastic bowls the night before) – keep frozen outside, salt, food coloring or water colors.

Note: Have ice in the sensory table as a morning activity

Introduction: First, read the book, Mice on Ice.

Ask, “Have you noticed that everything seems to be covered in ice?  Where did all this ice come from?”

Students discuss where they think the ice came from.

Say, “Today we will be exploring ice, and observing ice melting.”

Show students the bin of colored ice. Engage the class in a discussion about ice, what they notice about ice, what it feels like, where have they seen it, have they ever been ice skating? etc.

colored ice

Source: PowerfulMothering.com

Engagement Activity: During the lesson, students explore how salt makes the ice melt faster and can see the process easily because the ice is colored. Students work at tables exploring the ice blocks, adding the salt to the ice, noting that the ice melts faster when the salt is put on it.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students explore the process of ice melting and make 2 observations about how the ice is melting and what they think is causing the ice to melt.

Resources:

http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-watercolours/

Colorful Ice and Salt Experiment

Large Motor Connection Activity: Freeze Dance

Another Freeze Dancing Music Video

The Ants Go Marching Lyrics and Activities

Ants Go Marching Lyrics, Clip Art, and Activities to go along with the song.  The Ants Go Marching s a cute little chant that you can play on the piano as your kids march around in a circle and sing along. The piano is played in the progression of C, B ♭, A ♭ , G (Single notes, you can get fancy if you want!) and is repeated.

During the first part of the verse, the piano is played more slowly, using half notes. For the part “And they all go marching” The notes on the piano are played faster one time, using quarter notes. Then, on the word “down”, start the progression again using half notes.

I’ve included some ant activities and ant clip art image below the lyrics.  Feel free to use it for kindergarten counting activities or as a puppet to go along with this song or anything else for your ants unit!

 

ants clipart

The ants go marching one by one

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching one by one

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching one by one

The little one stops to suck his thumb

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching two by two

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching two by two

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching two by two

The little one stops tie his shoe

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching three by three

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching three by three

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching three by three

The little one stops to climb a tree

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching four by four

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching four by four

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching four by four

The little one stops to shut the door

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching five by five

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching five by five

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching five by five

The little one stops to dance a jive

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching six by six

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching six by six

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching six by six

The little one stops to pick up sticks

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching seven by seven

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching seven by seven

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching seven by seven

The little one stops and prays to heaven

They all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching eight by eight

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching eight by eight

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching eight by eight

The little one stops to close the gate

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching nine by nine

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching nine by nine

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching nine by nine

The little one stops to check the time

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain

 

The ants go marching ten by ten

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching ten by ten

Hur-rah, Hur-rah

The ants go marching ten by ten

The little one stops to start again

And they all go marching down

To the ground

To get out of the rain!

 

Here is the ant clip art I made for this page to go along with the song.  Right click to view the full size image and to save it.  Feel free to use it in your classroom and even on your blog or site when you include a link to Kindergarten Nation!

ant clip artants clip art

 

Ants Go Marching Activities on The Web

Here is a free set of number cards to use for Ants Go Marching themed counting and math activities:

http://www.classroomfreebies.com/2012/05/ants-go-marching-story-cards.html