After such a fun time rowing Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, we decided to pull out The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Since we’ve been getting a lot of snow the last couple of days, it seemed only fitting, and we had so much fun with it!
The first full day of being snowed in, the boys were already getting a little crazy. 😉 So, I set about finding a fun project for us to do together as a family. Daddy has been studying hard all week for school and we all needed something fun to do.
Scholastic shared a fun go-along craft for The Snowy Day on their site. It had a video to walk us through the steps.
We all watched it several times and then set about making our own Snow Day Collages. I love that we all started with the exact same raw materials, and every one of us made something totally different.
Timmy and I worked together on his. I didn’t even attempt to make my own because I knew he would need a little more help. However, he placed all his buildings. Directed where the snow drifts should be glued. Shredded all of his cotton balls and glued them down. He requested trees and a snowman with hat. It was so fun working with him!
Sam is a creative kid. There is a lot running through his little mind at one time, and he has big visions of what he wants to create.
- He has a fence behind the snow drifts, and he told me that we’ll see them when the snow melts.
- Someone also threw snowballs really high up in the sky (they almost look like two moons in the sky).
- He absolutely insisted to get stars out to add to his.
- And he drew Peter onto a black sheet of construction paper because it was his town and he needed to be there.
- Oh, and he asked me what city this reminds me of from our big road trip. When I said, “Chicago!” He said, “YES! You are right, Mommy!”
He rattled off some other things, but I was also helping Timmy so I simply didn’t catch it all.
Nonnie got in on the fun making her own collage. I loved her tree creation!
Daddy took a break from reading and joined us. I loved his fence!
Then of course we had to take advantage of the beautiful snow day!
It is likely the best snow day that I recall since I was in high school. My 10 year reunion has come and gone … so that will give you a frame of reference.
It was so fun! We all (the boys, Daddy, Nonnie, and I) got outside one day and just had a blast.
Snowball fights were a big hit!
Oh, and sledding! This kid was fierce and over the moon excited about sledding. Sam had a blast too! I was taking part in the sledding adventures as well (pregnant belly and all) so I didn’t get any shots of the kids.
But we did make sure to make some tracks in the snow just like Peter from the story.
On another day, Daddy took them outside (my pregnant self was too worn out from the day before). They had more snowball fights and did a little baseball practice which was a lot of fun!
Sam got pretty serious about getting Daddy!
These whimsical snowmen were easy to make. Mine is the one in the middle and it looks more like a scarecrow according to the boys. Oh well.
We free painted our paper first and while it dried we cut out our snowmen circles. Timmy and I pulled some of the snow drift scrap paper out that was leftover from our Snowy Day Collages (top of the post) to add to ours. Sam insisted on a soccer ball in his picture for some reason. We just used various scrap paper, stickers, and sequins to decorate our snowmen.
I wish I could say this was a fun activity, but mostly it was stressful. Timmy was tired and made the entire project difficult for everyone (he even spilled paint … everywhere). I do think Sam would have enjoyed it if I had opted to give Timmy a nap instead of letting him paint too. Timmy put his snowman smile upside down making it a frown and I left it because it just seemed so fitting.
Most of the time these sort of projects are a lot of fun, but sometimes, they just aren’t. 🙂
On another day, we experimented with ice melting. I set up four plates with four pieces of ice. Well, actually the boys did. They got out the plates and set the plates up with ice.
We left one piece of ice alone as our control. Then, we put salt on one, wrapped aluminum foil around another, and newspaper around the last piece of ice. We all predicted which one would melt first and last. I used our white board to record our answers.
We all thought the ice with the salt on it would melt first. Sam and Timmy predicted the ice that had nothing on it would melt last. The adults all predicted the aluminum foil would melt last.
Then, we observed. And observed. And observed. Timmy kept licking the salt and making funny faces.
While we waited we read about water from a book my mom gave me a few years ago leftover from her teaching days. I couldn’t find it on Amazon to link to it. We talked about the water cycle and at what point water freezes. The boys were totally intrigued!
Then, it was time for our results. We were all surprised by the results because the newspaper melted the slowest!
It wasn’t until the experiment was over and we had time to think about it that we realized newspaper is an insulator and aluminum foil pulls in heat which makes the ice melt really fast! I had to have Daddy come in to explain it all to us. I’m really thankful we’re a work at home family and Daddy is right here to help me when I get stuck. Plus he loved being our science superhero. 🙂
I highly recommend this experiment! We all learned a lot!
And that was our week with The Snowy Day. It was a lot of fun and totally worth spending a little time each day on!
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