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Snowmen in May


Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Small plastic plates
Tiny black beads
Small buttons


1. Read the story Snowballs and discuss what must happen in order for it to snow. Talk about
the temperature of the freezing point.
2. On a snowy day, take the children outside. Give each child a small plastic plate.
3. Invite the children to make tiny snowmen on their plates. They might use tiny black beads for
eyes, toothpicks for arms and small buttons for decorating the front.
Note: Use caution with young children who may still put small objects in their mouths.
4. Ask the children what might happen if the snowmen are taken indoors. Will they melt? Why?
5. Help the children place their snowmen in a freezer and tell them you will keep them there
until spring. Explain how the freezer keeps the snowmen from melting.
6. Remove them from the freezer on a spring day and your class will have snowmen in May.
More to do
More science: Have a snowman melting party and allow the children to watch the snowmen
melt. Discuss why this is happening.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Outdoors
Topic: Weather
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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