Last week we were hit with a few inches of snow in March! The girls loved it as we have had a fairly mild winter here in the Chicago area.
To go along with the wintery scene outside we read this delightful little book called Snow by Uri Shulevitz. It's a Caldecott Honor book. If you are unfamiliar with The Caldecott Honor books it means the book won this distinguished award for their illustrations. The book is perfect for preschool age children and probably even a little bit older. The illustrations (as indicated by the Caldecott Badge) are beautiful and the text is simple and poetic. Throughout the story one, two, snowflakes slowly turn into an inviting wintery scene. Really cute book!
Both my girls enjoyed the book and after we read the story we made our own wintery scenes.
We started with blue construction paper, cotton balls, and white paint mixed with salt.
The girls dipped the cotton balls into the paint and painted "A snow scene".
At the end they sprinkled silver glitter onto their scene and waited for it to dry. The salt mixed with paint once dried made a cool looking texture that added to the "blizzard-y" feel to the picture! (Yes, I know blizzard-y is not a real world) ;)
My 3 year old's completed "Snow Scene".
For anyone wondering my 23 month old lasted about three minutes and was done as is age appropriate. There are times where she surprises me and lasts much longer which is why I always allow her to join us in the projects even though they can get quite messy! She still enjoyed spreading the cotton balls full of paint all over her paper but her attention span was very limited.