Winter Science Storytime

Recommended Books

In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow. New York: Greenwillow, 2005.

A child leaves seeds in the woods to encourage the animals to come out and eat. We are treated with beautiful illustrations by Nancy Tafuri, depicting the animals and their prints in the snow.

 

In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George. New York: Greenwillow, 1995.

Two children follow a trail, discovering evidence of a variety of animals on a snowy day. After exploring, they also find a treat at the end of the trail has been left just for them.

 

Flannelboard

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming. New York: Henry Holt, 1997.

Many animals hibernate in the winter. In this gentle story, each animal hurries to tell another that winter is arriving, until the word spreads through the forest. Click here for free flannelboard patterns for this story by artist Melanie Fitz.

 

 Action Rhyme

Animals in the Snow

Out in the wilderness, I can see (hold hand up to forehead as if looking into the distance)

So many animals have been here before me.

I refill the bird feeders and put out seeds, (mime scattering seeds)

In hopes that the animals will have plenty of feed.

I wipe off the window from inside my house, (mime clearing window)

And spot the flash of a little mouse.

Soon other animals come to eat,

and the birds whistle an appreciative tweet. (whistle)

When nighttime falls, the seeds are gone, (open hands wide)

But I’ll scatter more in the morning at dawn. (mime scattering seeds)

 

Song

Winter Camouflage Song

(to the tune of “Three Blind Mice”)

Camouflage

Camouflage

Helps animals hide

Helps animals hide

Across the snow hops a white snowshoe hare

See the white fur on the polar bear

Their secret to safety is one they will share,

It’s camouflage.

 

Craft

Winter Animal Tracker

Create your own animal tracker! Animals often leave their footprints in the snow. Using a piece of white construction paper, draw a winter scene and add a variety of animal tracks. Click here for examples.

If you have snow in your area, look for animal tracks. Observation is a key component to science. When observing tracks, see if you can distinguish between the tracks and classify them into different groups based on their characteristics. Ask questions: Do some animals have only skinny marks? What animal do you think has a footprint like that?

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