Friday, December 13, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday: I'm a Little Snowman!

Here's a seasonal rhyme all about a snowman: I'm a Little Snowman

I'm a Little Snowman

I'm a little snowman
Short and fat,
Here are my buttons,
Here is my hat.

When the sun comes out,
I can't dare stay
If I do,
I'll melt away!

This rhyme is perfect for starting a conversation about snowmen and how they melt if it's too warm.  We call a child's understanding of how things in the world work their background knowledge.  When kids have a thorough understanding of the world, it is easier for them to make sense of what they read.

Not everyone can build a snowman in the winter.  For all the kids who live in warm places, here is a fun snowman activity:
The Life Cycle of a Snowman

By placing water balloons in your freezer over night, you can create your very own snowman!  Use a basin to catch the water as the ice melts and expose your children to a real life experiment in melting.  Try creating multiple snowmen and placing them in different locations (inside & outside) to see which snowman melts first.  When you share experiences like this with your child you are helping them to understand concepts like melting in a fun and meaningful way!

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