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Early Years Magazine - Issue 2: Resources in action

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Early Years Magazine - Issue 2snowflakes

Resources in action - Snow

If it does indeed snow, let’s make sure we make the most of it! There is a wealth of activities that you can enjoy with this scarce resource. Here are some ideas to get you started:

snow angel by spakattack, snowmen family by Joe Howell, close up of snowflakes by Just Russ Today


  • lie down and make snow angels. Which is the biggest? Which is the smallest? Can you tell who made each one?
  • have fun simply exploring the snow using all your senses
  • make a snowman family. Use language such as big, bigger, biggest, tall, taller, tallest and so on
  • make snow scenes, including igloos or snow caves, with small world play resources. Cut some lolly sticks in half and glue to the feet of play people for skis. Number the play people and have a race. Soak in warm water to remove the skis.
snowman dressing up game


  • fill some identical containers with snow. Place in different areas around the room. Which one will melt first? Which one will melt last? How will you know? How will you record what you see? Set a timer to go off at agreed time intervals to check the containers
  • share the rhyme Ten White Snowmen, by John Foster. Find the rhyme and more details of some of these activities in Number and Calculating (Belair – Early Years) by Cherri Moseley ISBN-10: 0947882758
  • draw the outline of ten snowmen on a strip of white paper and photocopy. Ask the children to number the snowmen and dress each one differently. Have some props, such as carrots, sticks, scarves, hats, buttons and a pipe, for support
  • make ten snowmen from salt dough. Bake until hard. Paint them white. Number the snowmen from 1 to 10 and leave the children to order them. Hide one somewhere else in the room. Can the children tell you which snowman they are looking for? Can they find him? Use 1 to 3 or 1 to 5 for all the activities if more appropriate
  • Issue 4 of the Primary Magazine has a wonderful ‘Dress the Snowman’ game for the Early Years in the Starter for the Month
  • Whipped Snow recipe and ideas
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