Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Day 2: Dream Snow {12 Days of Christmas}



This just might be my new favorite story to read at Christmas, even though I'm pretty sure I won't be getting a white Christmas this year. You can get a copy of the book here (affiliate link). Eric Carle does it again with a simple text and beautiful illustrations. In the story, the farmer falls asleep. When he awakes, all of his farm animals are covered in a blanket of snow. Carle uses transparency-type pages that allow you to uncover the snow, in order to reveal the hiding animal.


The kids enjoyed guessing the hidden animals. At the end of the story, there is a button to push that plays music.
 

I gave each child a piece of paper, and told them to draw whatever they wanted. I told them to keep it a secret, because we were going to try to guess each other's. We used books and folders to make barricades to hide our papers. 

After drawing, I gave the kids a plastic sheet protector to place on top of their picture. It works best if you lay it on top of the picture, instead of putting the picture inside. You could also use a transparency sheet.
I gave each child a spoonful of Cool Whip to spread over their picture and hide their drawing. I opt for Cool Whip, instead of shaving cream, when I do sensory activities with Brickston. This way I do not have to worry about it getting into his eyes or his mouth. You would just need to be aware of food allergies.  Can you guess what my picture is?

 
Kinsley and Brickston spread the Cool Whip with their fingers.
 
 
Zaven doesn't like to have his hands messy, so he used a spoon to smooth out the Cool whip on his page protector.
 
Once they were covered, we took turns guessing each other's pictures. The kids enjoyed giving hints.

After we exhausted our guesses, we took turns lifting the page protectors.
Remember mine?  Did you guess a mouse? Okay, I admit that I am not an artist!

Zaven drew a turkey.

Kinsley drew Santa.
 

Materials you will need:

  • Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  • Drawing paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Plastic page protectors/ transparency pages
  • Cool Whip (Save the container!  You will need it for Day 6.)
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Did you try this activity?  I'd love to hear what your children drew!  Let me know in the comments!
 

Enjoy!

 
Looking for other days in the 12 Days of Christmas Book Activities for Babies & Kids?  Go here!
 
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2 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! Very creative way to bring the story and the art to a personal level for your kids!

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  2. Thank you, GwenLittle! My kids really enjoyed this activity. I used to love using shaving cream in the preschool classroom, but I think I'm a Cool Whip convert now :) plus it's yummy :)

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