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S is for Snow

We haven’t done a lot of alphabet work because I believe in letting the kids’ interest and the rhythms of the season drive the activities we do together.

My oldest seemed to just pluck the alphabet from the air–a puzzle, a few refrigerator magnets, and an alphabet book or two and she just knew all of her A,B,C’s.

Since my son has shown a strong interest in letters recently, and we’ve had a great time playing in all the snow, we made an “S” for “Snow”.

Materials:

  • blue construction paper
  • pencil
  • white crayon
  • cotton balls
  • glue
  • optional: white paint and bubble wrap

Directions:

1. Draw an “S” with a pencil and then trace it with the white crayon.  My daughter, who can write all her letters, did this step with ease.  My two year old really made me laugh, though.  He started to trace really carefully for about an inch and then just started to scribble all over the paper.

2. Add glue over the “S”.

3. Pull apart the cotton balls and glue around the “S”.  This tactile fun was my kids’ favorite part.  My son asked, “I can touch this?”

4. Optional: Dip the bubble wrap in white paint and add snowflakes around your “S”.

Ever since we did this my son has been proudly pointing out the letter “S” everywhere and saying, “We made an S!”

Picture Books About Snow

First Snow, by Bernette Ford: A family of bunnies enjoys a first snowfalll.

Runaway Alphabet, by Kari-Lynn Winters: An alphabet book that focuses on the phonetics of winter fun.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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10 Responses to "S is for Snow"

  1. maryanne says:

    Very cute! The white paint and bubble wrap is a nice touch =)

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  3. This is really cute! It is nice that you allow them to be so creative. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Janelle says:

    That’s a fun, tactile craft for young kids. I bet they had fun with the cotton snow.

  5. bronwyn says:

    I like this idea. My little girl was like your oldest. She loved Dr. Seuss ABC’s and we read it all the time. Without “teaching” her the alphabet, she knew it by 18 months. She is 4 now, and is showing interest in reading and writing so I’ve been looking for some activities. My little girl is very tactile so I think she’ll like this. Thanks!

  6. Rachel says:

    Aww, that’s pretty! Thanks for the great idea, I’ll be linking.

  7. Rebecca Ernst says:

    This is a great idea! And can i just saw i could eat your sons little cheeks?!

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