January 18

Snow People

You don’t see many snow people in Georgia! My neighbor, Daphne, made this snow boy after our rare snowfall.

Click here to watch Snowballs, a favorite story of mine and a great inspiration for the art below.

Use doilies for the body of your snow people (or animals) and then let your children choose from a variety of materials to bring it to life! We dipped sponges in white paint to add the snow. Write stories about your snow people characters.

If you don’t have snow, try stuffing white garbage bags with recycled paper, stack them, and make the snow person’s features with recyclables, clothes, or other art materials.

January 18

Tracking Like a Detective

I spent my childhood in New York and Wisconsin and my favorite snow activity was to look for animal tracks. My dad and I would follow the tracks in an attempt to find the animal’s home. The snowfall in Atlanta began melting the next day, but I found some tracks nearby.

My daughter lives in an apartment in Chicago and found these tracks around her dumpster.

Click here for animal track puzzles. Click here for the Safeshare link for the video below.

Ask your students or family members to make a footprint in the snow. Notice the different textures. This is also an opportunity to practice measuring.

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January 18

Snow Paint

After seeing posts about this activity for several years, I wanted to try this investigation. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any snow here. Finally, I had my opportunity!

I purchased these mist spray bottles at Target. Experiment with various sizes of spray bottles. After filling them with cold water, I squirted a few drops of food coloring in each. Yes, you could mix colors to make the secondary colors. Do be careful with food coloring because it stains. (Think blue popsicles). The following photo is my test.

Make a snow sculpture or a snow animal and then paint it. If we have more snow, I am definitely going to try something on a larger scale. What other tools could you use?

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January 18


Watching snowflakes is enchanting! The activities below connect art, science, math, and reading.

Click here for the Safeshare link.

“Snowflake Bentley” (1865-1931) was fascinated by snowflakes and in his quest to share their beauty discovered a way to photograph snowflakes in the early 1900s. Click here to see Snowflake Bentley’s photographs. Click here for the Safeshare link of Snowflake Bentley.

Snowflakes are beautiful, pure, and white,
And like God’s children,
No two are alike!

I tried to capture some photos of snowflakes. I’ve found that a material that is dark and water repellant, like a garbage bag works best. I need a better camera, but I had a little success.

Cutting snowflakes is always fun! Trace a circle on a piece of paper with a plate or other round item. Fold it in half. Then fold the half in thirds, so it looks like a pizza slice, then you will have six sections.

Click here for the Safeshare link to learn another method to make a six-sided snowflake.

Make giant snowflakes with larger paper.

Click here to watch real snowflakes form.

It’s also fun to make snowflakes with pattern blocks. These snowflakes were made by former kindergarten students. There are six pattern block shapes – square, triangle, trapezoid, rhombus, parallelogram, and hexagon. Each student began with a hexagon which has six sides, like a snowflake. Two trapezoids or six triangles also make a hexagon.