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Down here in the south, we don’t usually get a lot of winter weather. In fact, I think I can count on one hand the number of times that we’ve gotten snow since we moved here.
So it was a bit of a treat a couple of weeks ago when we woke up and found two inches of snow on the ground.
Now, that may not sound like a lot to those of you in the northern half of the country, but down here it’s enough to make for a pretty exciting snow day.
Of course, we spent a good portion of our morning outside playing in the fresh snow before heading inside to warm up and what better way is there to warm up on a cold day than with a good book and cup of hot cocoa?
And, if you know us at all, you know that we just can’t read a story book without having some sort of fun activity to go with it.
The Snowy Day
If you’ve never had the chance to read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats with your preschooler, I highly recommend heading to your local library to check it out.
It is such a beautiful book that expresses all of the magic and wonder a child feels when the snow falls.
Fine Motor Snow Painting
Now, as I said earlier, playing in the snow as it falls is a lot of fun, but the thing with real snow however, is that it gets cold. Really cold at times.
And while reading this story is also a lot of fun, making a little “snow” of your own is even better, and a whole lot warmer!
So, after you’ve read the book, grab a few basic supplies and let it snow!
Painting with Q-Tips is such an easy way to work on fine motor skills with your preschooler and they have a blast painting with something other than a paintbrush.
There really is no rhyme or reason to this activity, just have your child dip their Q-Tip into the white paint and dot and swirl it around to make it look like snow.