Snowman Theme Ideas
January is a great time for Winter Theme Ideas in the classroom. Now my classroom is in Florida, a subtropical region with no snow or significant changes in seasons. The concept of Winter is novel, unfamiliar, and fun. I would imagine that a winter theme in northern regions could be far less exciting.
Being in Florida, most of my students have never seen snow. I make snow (using my Margarita Blender or a snow cone machine) to fill one of my water tables. I also place in it small black beans, little scarves and hats (Barbie or small doll clothing), and small sticks for the students to use in making a snowman. I also place mittens, plastic spoons, and measuring cups nearby for the children to use.
In a different sensory table, I place white packing peanuts and shaving cream for the students to build a snowman. I hide little penguin finger puppets and small winter animal figures in the "snow" for the students to discover.
Have the students color a scene on a piece of construction paper. In a paper bowl, mix 1/2 white glue and 1/2 shaving cream. Give the students paint brushes and model globing the glue on the paper to make a snow scene. The gluey shaving cream will need about a day to dry. The pictures should turn out with a very neat , fluffy, 3-D effect. I will sometimes provide cut-out, LessonPix pictures of snowmen, polar bear, winter tree, or a house to decorate with "snow".
Put out 3 sizes of white circles, black squares and long rectangles (hat pieces), colored circles (buttons work well), and brown rectangles (arms). Students can name and use these various shapes to create their own snowman.
Snowman Feelings Book
Using LessonPix color sheets of various feelings snowmen, have students color pages to make a class book. Staple the pages together along with a cover. "Read" the book aloud, having the students role-play like the feeling on each page.
Give each student 2 or 3 picture cards of snowmen. Have the students tell, write, or draw about what happened that made their snowman change his feelings from one to the other. For example, one student may have a picture of a sad snowman and a sleepy snowman. He could tell about how the snowman was sad because he did not want to go to bed. But then, his mom read him a bedtime story and he fell asleep.
Give each student one sheet of newpaper and have them crumple the paper using only one hand. This task promotes fine muscle development and motor planning. Repeat having the students use the other hand. Once they have their snowball, you can create a fun game: toss through a hoola hoop, shoot into a basket, or divide students into 2 teams and toss across to the other team.
Build a Class Snowman
Fill 2 white trash bags with crumpled newspaper. Make one bag smaller than the other and place on top. Draw a face with a permanent marker and add a hat and scarf. The class can name the snowman and write a class story about the snowman.