Picture Book & Play – Snow

Picture Book & Play is a new weekly post where we look at a picture book or books Peapod’s been enjoying recently and some of the play we’ve had based on it.

If you and your little ones do similar bookish play, we’d love you to join in with Picture Book & Play and to let us know what you’ve been doing too!

We’ve been lucky enough to have some actual, real snow in the last couple of weeks so since Christmas, we’ve been reading lots of books about snow.

Lots of the activities we’ve been doing are really general and link in to any and all of these, like our snow paintings using cotton wool, corks, cotton buds to print snowflakes…

Or throwing “snowballs” using ball pit balls (no pics sorry, too busy lobbing balls at my toddler!)

Others are pretty general but were done because of an interest in particular stories, like Peapod’s snowmen.

Peapod’s been loving using scissors recently, so I got this ready for him to practice that. I drew the outline of the snowman then he coloured and cut out the hat (with help!) and cut strips of coloured paper for the scarves. He chose to do a second one drawing the face (“eyes, orange nose, draw mouth with finger”) and buttons himself.

We watched this over New Year and then read the book and Peapod has really taken to it. I’m really glad that we have a few copies – one with text based on the film (that we read at bedtime) and other original ones with no text that are brilliant for really looking at and talking about during the day.

As well as our big colour and cut snowmen, we have acted this out a billion times a day and Peapod’s enjoyed our Snowman jigsaws too.

And just to prove it doesn’t always go to plan, is printed some Snowmen for us to add buttons to. Peapod couldn’t have cared less about the buttons but loved making them dance, say hello and explore our house like the snowman in the story!

We’ve also read One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth at least twice a day for the past week and Peapod’s new favourite word is definitely “chuckled” – he loves that “Percy chuckled” – but also just loves retelling the story, so we’ve had a little story basket to do that with too.

But far and away Peapod’s favourite thing we’ve done has been his snow tray, loosely based on Maisy’s Christmas Eve by Lucy Cousins, in which Maisy pulls her friend Eddie out if the snow with a tractor.

We first read this during our Book Advent and he was instantly grabbed by it, since he is obsessed with Postman Pat’s Rainy Day in which a tractor gets stuck in the mud and there’s a road block!

So we used both of those as a starting point, adding packing foam bits, tractors, diggers, a couple of houses and the animals from Maisy to the tray and going from there – the animals and tractors have been stuck and pulled out, dug out or found as the snow plough cleared the snow and much more.

We’ve had a solid two days out of this now playing very little else. It has been a huge hit!

What are your favourite snowy picture books or activities?

12 thoughts on “Picture Book & Play – Snow

  1. Great ideas!! And I laughed at the buttons- so many times Iโ€™ve had that situation, printed, prepared only for one or both Fae to be like NOPE not doing it like that. ๐Ÿคฃ

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    • Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
      And yes, it was just so funny, especially as he’d harped on about the buttons on the ones we drew and coloured so thought he love it, but no, our Snowmen were all about a wheels on the bus sing along instead!

      I’m slowly getting better at going along with these things – taking the unexpected direction changes as positives and seeing the funny side and perspective, instead of forcing the ‘no, this is what we’re doing’ but (admittedly especially as an ex teacher!) I can still find it hard at times to let go of what I thought we’d be doing!!

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      • Oh yes… letting go and seeing where their imagination and curiosity takes them rather than our narrower โ€˜objectiveโ€™ is SO HARD but ultimately a worthy lesson as it means Littlefae now will go and seek out answers or inspiration in books, our globe or resources because itโ€™s always been encouraged.
        You are doing SO WELL ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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      • Thank you ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Just having a little wobble at that because I definitely don’t feel like it at the moment.
        Littlefae (and Tinyfae too!), from what I hear and see, has had the best teacher and is an awesome thinker, learner, reader and person because of it!
        You’re right, it is hard but definitely something I try to check myself on and improve at as I know it’s so important on so many levels for him to follow his own ideas and curiosities!

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      • It is so hard and Iโ€™m definitely not the best teacher or pedagogue but I try and thatโ€™s what counts! thereโ€™s certainly days that I do let her down, but I hope that by giving her the space to expand into rather than laying down a brick edged path of knowledge that they grow a lifelong love of learning, you are doing a marvellous job with Peapod ๐Ÿ’œ

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      • Thank you. And some very wise words and a good reminder that we’re all just doing our best and some days are better/more successful than others in all ways.xx

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  2. I love this. So many times I set things up for S thinking he’d be thrilled and he didn’t care at all so the buttons activity made me laugh. I love that snowsuit in the first picture. It looks like you’ve been having lots of fun with the snowy themed activities.

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    • Thank you! We’ve had loads of fun
      I’m really hoping we’ll get more real snow too!
      And it’s so good to hear you and Lily both laughing at your experiences of ‘activity fails’ too! They certainly know their own minds at this age don’t they?!

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