Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Storytime Fun: It is Snowing All Around!

Here is my very first STORYTIME post. I hope you enjoy it!


Snowing in Florida?!!??! 

Some of you might be asking why I would do a Snow Storytime at a library in Florida?!?!!

My answer is: WHY NOT?

We don't need real snow to enjoy a story or two about it ~ just like inland states don't need to have the ocean and the beach to enjoy an ocean-themed storytime. If ~ like me ~ you live in a place where it doesn't usually snow, then I suggest you use your imagination and be creative

Want to see what we do here in Florida?

I start my Storytimes in the same way each week with the same songs and activities. (In a future post, I will share what we do and why.) 

But once the introduction is over, it is time for something NEW!

For this storytime, we started with a fingerplay and a song (with hand motions).

Two Little Snowflakes

Way up high In the Winter sky,
(Point up)
Two little snowflakes caught my eye.
(Hold both hands above head)
Down to the ground they fell without a sound.
(Wiggle hands downward, then put finger to lips)
Before very long it was snowing all around.
(Swirl hands around everywhere)

It is Snowing!
(Sung to: "Frere Jacques")

It is snowing!
It is snowing!
(Swirl hands)
All around.
All around.
(Move hands in larger and larger swirls)

Soft and quiet snowflakes,
Soft and quiet snowflakes,
(Put finger to lips)
Fall to the ground. 
Fall to the ground.
(Wiggle hands downward)

Next, we read one of our snowman books

All You Need for a Snowman

After the story, I passed out snowflakes (diecut from white construction paper and glued to blue circles) for a couple of creative movement activities

Snowflakes, Snowflakes

Snowflakes, snowflakes,
Dance around.
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
Touch the ground.
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
In the air.
Snowflakes, snowflakes,

The children were allowed to dance and twirl with their snowflakes as much or as little as they wanted. Then we moved on to a more detailed, creative movement activity that required the children to use their listening skills.

Snowflake, Snowflake, Dance with Me

Snowflake, Snowflake, fancy free.
Snowflake, Snowflake, dance with me.
Touch my head, then my toes,
Land on my nose where the cold wind blows.
Snowflake, Snowflake, turn around.
Snowflake, Snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, Snowflake, fancy free.
Snowflake, Snowflake, dance with me.
Touch my elbow, then my shoulder.
Land on my chin where it's a little bit colder.
Snowflake, Snowflake, turn around.
Snowflake, Snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, Snowflake, fancy free.
Snowflake, Snowflake, dance with me.
Touch my ear, then my knees.
Snowflake, I'm about to freeze!
Snowflake, Snowflake, turn around.
Snowflake, Snowflake, land the ground.

The children were now sitting and ready for another story. You could share another book here but I had a magnetic board adaptation of one of our favorite books that I shared at this time. The original book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin. My magnetic board version is:

 Snowflakes, Snowflakes, What Do You See?

Snowflakes, Snowflakes, what do you see?

We see three, white snowballs down below us.

Snowballs, snowballs, what do you see?
We see two blueberries right on us.

Blueberries, blueberries, what do you see?
We see an orange carrot right below us.

Orange carrot, orange carrot, what do you see?
I see five red cherries down below me.

Red cherries, red cherries, what do you see?
We see a purple scarf down below us.

Purple scarf, purple scarf, what do you see?
I see three, yellow stars down below me.

Yellow stars, yellow stars, what do you see?
We see two, brown branches up above us.

Brown branches, brown branches, what do you see?
We see two, green mittens right on top of us.

Green mittens, green mittens, what do you see?
We see a black hat up above us.

Black hat, black hat, what do you see?
I see lots of children right in front of me.

Children, children, what do you see?
(This is where I encourage the children to say everything with me 
in the order that we added them to the board.)

We see:
Two pretty snowflakes
Three white snowballs
Two blue berries
One orange carrot
Five red cherries
One purple scarf
Three yellow stars
Two brown branches
Two green mittens
One black hat.

We see a snowman right in front of us! 
Happy Snow Day!

With our snowman built, we went right into a fun fingerplay/magnetic story.

Chubby Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny,
And what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny
Was looking for some lunch.
He ate the snowman's nose!
Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!

I usually finish my storytimes the same way each time. This gives the children some consistency just like at the beginning of the storytime.

We form a circle and sing "The More We Get Together". Then we do our goodbyes with My Hands Say, "Thank You".

Most of the time, we share a snack and we either do a "sit-down craft" or I give the families a "take-home craft" to help extend the learning fun into their homes. (I will be sharing some of our crafts soon.)

Snack this week was a "Snowball Cookie". In the past I have given them "Snowman Cookies" or "Yummy Snow" (shaved ice with or without lemonade syrup). I will try to add a picture of the cookies soon.

Whew! Sharing Storytimes is a little more involved than I thought! 

I feel like my post is too long but I also feel like I left things out! 

What do you think? Too long? Should I break my Storytimes up into smaller parts and make multiple posts? Maybe a separate post for the songs and for the magnetic board story? 

I'm not sure...

Well. that's it until my next post. As always,



  1. Great post! I love that you're able to do a snack.

    If you think it's too long, you could always just post one picture of your magnetic board, perhaps the finished product, and give us the completed rhyme. However, I think it looks fine the way it is. Well done!

  2. Thank you, Mollie Kay!

    That is a good idea about fewer pictures. :-)

    Or I thought about a separate post for the actual story with just one picture and a link in this post. That way anyone new to the idea of an adapted story would still be able to see the whole version of it but this post wouldn't be so long.

    I need to figure out how to link though. Lol

  3. Hi, I loved all the pictures and how you went through the flannel story and how you flowed through the whole program. I don't have an early childhood background and have learned so much from story time blogs. Some don't give ideas on how to make things go smooth, but yours was excellent. I'm looking forward to your post on how you start your story time each day. I think I need that continuity. Thank you!!

  4. Great post! I don't think it's too long at all! Like others, I learn a great deal from storytime blogs like yours, and I appreciate details! I *love* the "Snowflakes, Snowflakes, What Do You See?" and how it goes so well with Chubby Little Snowman!

  5. Thank you, Leah and Librerin!

    I am so happy you stopped by to look at my blog but I am especially happy that you took a moment to comment! I hope to see you around! :-)

  6. Loved your snowman! Such a clever way to use this format. I read There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow and it was NOT Colandro's best title. Your snowman is much cuter!

  7. Thank you, TravisAnn! I had fun making him with the help of a much more artistic co-worker. :-)

  8. I just ran across this blog via Pinterest. I really like it and I think it's very helpful. Thanks!