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One Year Old Preschool: Winter Week 2

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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.

Snowman 2Once 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).

snowman 6

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.

G snow 3

She found pine cones and carried them around with her.

G snow 2

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!

We are linking up to the Tot School at 1-1-1=1 and the Show and Share Saturday at I Can Teach my Child this week.  There are always amazing ideas, so go check them out.  If you are stopping by from there, please take a moment to say, “Hi.”
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  • Reply Jessica @ Play Trains! February 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    We’ve been loving the Snowmen at Night series since Christmas, when I gave my son Snowmen at Christmas. He’s been disappointed that we haven’t gotten any snow yet, so the box snowman might be a great thing to do while we wait (hopefully not in vain, because as inconvenient as snow can be, I hope get gets to play in it this year!).

    • Reply ussleah February 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      We never get snow here, so waiting for snow is not a possibility…I hope for your son’s sake it snows soon! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a commment!

  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom February 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    It looks like she had a wonderful time dressing and redressing the snowman. He is so cute! I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page and Pinterest board.

    • Reply ussleah February 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Oh, yes she did have fun! There were so many incarnations of that snowman! And it was completely disposable! So wonderful! Thank you for stopping by and commenting and thanks for the share!

  • Reply Maria January 23, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    She is really having fun while doing different types of snowman! Great kid.. Thanks for sharing

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