Thursday, January 7, 2010

My daughter is three, and she is yet to see real snow. It never snows in the Silicon Valley, and it snows very rarely in the wet Santa Cruz Mountains around us. She can only visualize snowmen from many books we read on this subject, and today I am sharing some of our favorite preschool books for Snowman theme as well as some art activities to go with them.
Preschool Books and Activities for Snowmen Theme This post has been updated on December 3, 2014 with new graphics and links. Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog!

Preschool Books About Snowmen

1. The Snowman

The Snowman The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a classic wordless book that will appeal to kids who want to tell their own stories. Unfortunately, my daughter does not fall into this category, and she was quite upset with the ending of the book where snowman melts. At her age of 3, she compares melting to dying, and this disturbs her too much. I think kids who actually had experience building real snowmen will appreciate this book more than my Smarty did.

2. Snowballs

Snowballs is a book that says Lois Ehlert before you can even see the author name. There is not a whole lot of story, as is typical for her books, but illustrations are incredibly creative and lifelike. Alas, Snowballs had the same “fault” in my daughter’s eyes as Briggs’ book – she was not pleased to see the puddle with various scraps in the end of the book and she was positively not interested in any art projects that I envisioned us doing from this book.

3. Frosty the Snowman

frosty the snowman My daughter does not watch TV, so she only knows Frosty from Little Golden Book take on this famous animated character. The book is longish for 3 year olds, but my daughter didn’t mind that. What she minded more is the conflict in the book between kids and Professor Hinkle. She is still at the stage where she does not like any misbehavior or conflict in the books she reads.

4. The First Day of Winter

The first day of winter
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming reads a lot like a notorious 12 Days of Christmas song. It’s set over 10 days of winter, and every day new items are being added to a snowman, and every time the items are enumerated. I find these type of rhymes boring, but then I am not a three year old who found the book quite entertaining and designated it for a week as her favorite book to read to herself while doing her potty business.

5. Just a Snowman

just a Snowman Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer is a Little Critter book and therefore very welcome in our house. Smarty was fascinated by a concept of a “snow day” when the school is closed and kids are having fun in the snow instead. As all Little Critter books, there is a valuable lesson in the book about patience and compromise. Both of us enjoyed this book.

6.  Snowmen at Night

Snowmen at Night Snowmen at Night is a delightful book by Caralyn and Mark Buehner, the first in successful series (eventually we read other books in this series too). Both the verse and the illustrations are charming, and there are absolutely no bad things happening in the book, which is a big plus in my daughter’s opinion. We both highly recommend this book for preschool crowd and older kids too.

7. The Biggest Snowman Ever

The Biggest Snowman Evrer The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll is also part of a series of books featuring two adorable mice. The main message of these books is that individual hard work is often not enough to create something special, and that teamwork can help you achieve your goals. I personally found The Biggest Snowman the best in the series, but my daughter loved every book.

8. The Snow Family

Snow family The Snow Family by Daniel Kirk was my three year old’s favorite out of all snowmen books that we read this month. In this story, a human boy is playing with snow children in a snowy forest, but realizes that they also need parents to take care of them. The boy and his parents are making snowmen parents for snowy children to provide them with comfort and love. I thought that the book carries a powerful message of parents as “must have” presence in children’ lives, not just as providers of shelter and food, and I am very happy that my daughter absorbed this message so readily.

Snowmen Activities for Preschoolers

I tried hard to get Smarty interested in making snowmen, but… her heart wasn’t in it, perhaps because she has never made a “real one” before. The only thing that she agreed to do was to make a “Winter Wonderland” with 3D stickers. As you can see, it was clearly an “open-ended” art project, i.e. she did exactly as much as she wanted to do, which wasn’t much.
Unguided-Snowman-CraftI updated this book post to include a link to great round up from Kids Activities Blog with snowman activities for more crafty kids. Hopefully your kids will be more interested in them than mine was. However, at the point of this update she is 8, so we might try again this year :)

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MaryAnne said...

Anna did a great job cutting out that circle, and I agree her snowman is very cute =)

Christy said...

cute. We are all about snowmen these days. My children have seen snow, have built snowmen, and they still have a hard time with snowmen melting. It's like watching a friend disappear in their eyes.

Debbie said...

Love her snowman. We see such little snow, and Selena's only played in it once. She was begging for snow last week.

Great cutting skills on Anna's part!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We'd send Anna a box of snow if it was possible - but I have a feeling she'd just end up with a soggy box :(

vanessa said...

She did a nice job! We don't get snow either...I know how you feel! ;)

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Michelle said...

I wish we could share some of our snow too! I want to check out this book it looks really cute! Thank you for linking up :0)

April said...

I know how you feel because it doesn't snow where we live either. I always feel weird with all of the holiday decorations featuring snowmen and snowflakes :). I remember having a similar feeling about snowman melting when I was little, I used to think Frosty the Snowman was such a sad movie lol.

Ticia said...

We're in the same no snow problem here as well.
A book I had to order she might like is Snip, Snip, Snow. I'm probably going to be reading it to mine soon.
Oh, and you should be getting a package in the mail in a few days.

Susana said...

We just got Snip, Snip Snow today as well, just for the reason of Joe never seeing snow either. It looks like a good, fun read.

Hanna has only seen snow once and she wasn't quite 2 so she doesn't remember it at all.

I so wish we'd get just a bit of snow for the kids!!

I'm glad Anna enjoyed Snow Family.

Trudie said...

Love what she did! We also don't have any snow in SA, so I am a bit hesitant to read snowman books, I was scared of the same reaction that Anna had to the snowmen melting.

Debbie Jackson said...

Thanks so much for sharing the book list! I am always looking for new ones! Pinned it!