Now that December is here and the holidays are on their way, it’s just a matter of time before we get our first big snowfall. Snow is always a lot of fun when you’re a kid – and the very first snow of the season is especially wonderful.
‘This Place in the Snow’ by Rebecca Bond is written in rhythmic text. The story is about a group of children who are delighted to see the plow creating a gigantic mound of snow for them to play in. The kids get dressed warmly and head outside for a day of snow fort building. They make walls and floors, and when they’re done – the mound of snow is transformed into a snow kingdom! Not only is the story a joy to read, it’s also visually beautiful. The pictures really capture the motion and exuberance that comes with playing outside in the winter.
Here are some fun activities so you and your child can find your own place in the snow (even if the grass is still green where you live)!
Build a Shaving Cream Snow Fort: If you’ve got a little one, they’re sure to love playing in shaving cream. Just find a cookie sheet and squirt a nice big pile of shaving cream onto it. Ask your child to build you a snow fort. You can encourage your child to use little plastic toys help set the scene! The best part about this? The shaving cream washes off easily and leaves your toys smelling lovely.
Make Paper Snowflakes: Paper snowflakes are so much fun to make, and there are some super tutorials out there. Get out the printer paper and scissors, and go crazy and cut out your own blizzard!
Snowball Math: Use white play dough to make a whole bunch of snowballs. Challenge your child to use a given number of snowballs to make a snowman. Have them count the snowballs as they stack them.
Make Your OWN Snow Fort: If you’re lucky enough to live where it’s snowy, get outside and make a snow fort of your very own. To add some extra fun, fill up plant misting bottles with food coloring and water and make regular snow into rainbow snow. If you don’t live in a place with snow outside, never fear! Just get out some pillows and blankets (white, if you have them), and have your child use their imagination and build a living room snow fort.
Have an urge to check out some more great kid’s books? Take a look at our read and play for Olive, the Other Reindeer!