We had so much fun learning about all things winter in our unit last week that we decided to extend the fun into another week.
We continued to read books about winter all week, but G’s favorite by far is Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner (affiliate link).
The concept of the story is what snowmen do at night when every one is asleep. Since she loves it so much and she is starting to memorize the story, I decided to make a snowman she could build and rebuild. We changed it at night, when she was in bed and it was new each morning for her. It was so easy! We just took three various sized boxes and wrapped them in wrapping paper (with white side facing out) and another box and wrapped it in black construction paper.
Once she was downstairs, we put a “ribbon” on the black box to make it into a “hat” and drew a face and buttons on two of the other boxes. Then, we placed a scarf around the snowman’s neck. G loved knocking the blocks down and putting them back together. This resulted in some VERY interesting snowmen.
The next morning it looks like the snowman decided to go to the farm and came back with a new hat. Another morning he was wearing D’s hat and a different scarf. And another morning he had a drink in front of him (another reference to the book).
We also made some brownies in a snowstorm in the kitchen.
But the highlight of our week was our trip up to the snow. We took a field trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and went exploring through the state park up there.
It was such fun! G loved walking in the snow, once she got her balance. We talked about the snow crunching beneath her feet and the slippery ice.
She found pine cones and carried them around with her.
But what she did not like was touching the snow!
She had seemingly boundless energy even after she hiked the nearly half mile uphill path that ran between the tram stop and the trails. We have a hiker on our hands!
One of the best parts of the day was when we got up the mountain and I told G we were going to go see the snow and she said, “Treasures!” She was talking about our sensory box from last week, when we buried treasures in the snow and dug them up again. It is so neat to see her make the connections from what we are learning to what was in the real world. When we got down to the snow, she indeed found some treasures: pine cones. It was just so neat!