It’s be a while since I did a preschool snow storytime, so I thought I would circle back to that again. It’s the perfect time of year for that (well, as perfect as it can be in Southern California, where it rarely snows), and since it’s an old standby theme it was easy to prep before being away from the library for a few days for the holidays.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
“Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music
I used this weather spinner that I found in the Target bargin area to start our storytime off with a conversation about the weather. First we talked about what the weather was outside today — SUNNY! Then I mentioned that we were going to have stories about a different kind of weather – snow. I asked if anyone had seen or been to the snow, since that isn’t always a given with kids in this area.
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Watch the Snowflakes
(to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes (flutter hands, starting above head)
Floating down, floating down (bring hands down a little with each line)
Oh so very slowly, oh so very slowly
All the way down
Down to the ground. (touch the ground)
Other verses (use different motions in place of slowly):
Oh so very quickly (wiggle fingers faster)
From oh so very high (stand up on tiptoes)
Oh so very twirly (twirl hands round and around each other)
Curious About Snow by Gina Shaw
I used this book to show what snowflakes looked like up close. I didn’t read anything from this, but just showed some of the photographs
5 Little Snowflakes
(taken from Storytime Katie)
1 little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and then there were… 2!
2 little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and then there were… 3!
3 little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and then there were… 4!
4 little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and then there were… 5!
5 little snowflakes, having so much fun!
Out came then sun (put the sun on the flannelboard
And then there were… NONE!
(at this point I tried to wipe all the snowflakes down my flannelboard, to mimic melting, but it didn’t go very well…)
“Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi
First Snow by Peter McCarty
“The Snowy Day” from The Ezra Jack Keats Collection based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
Book: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner; pictures by Mark Buehner
Book: Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau; illustrated by David Walker
Book: If it’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman; illustrated by Liza Woodruff
Book: Bear & Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett
Book: Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
Book: Waiting for Snow by words by Marsha Diane Arnold; drawings by Renata Liwska
Book: Outside by Deirdre Gill
OTHER AWESOME RESOURCES:
- ALSC Blog – Bundle Up for Storytime
- Jbrary – Winter Storytime
- Johnson County Library – “Snowy” Preschool Storytime
- storytime katie – Snow!
HOW IT WENT:
Today’s storytime was ok. I think the books I chose for today were a little bit long for the audience, as we had some young preschoolers in the audience. But for the most part, they were able to sit and listen — I think I was probably more aware of it then they were.
ATTENDANCE: 13 (adults and children)
DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ Children’s Room
*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my
A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page