The Snowy Day {Before FI♥AR}

~Eliana is 3 years, 10 months and Malachi is 5 years, 9 months~ 

What fun can a child have on a winter day?

We followed along with Peter and his delight in the first snowy day of the season in this Caldecott award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats.

Peter's story takes place on a snowy day ~ I asked the kids which season this is? and what season comes before and after? (We need to spend more time on seasons!)

Our list of fun things to do in winter:
  • Play in the snow
  • Make snowballs
  • Climb a snow hill
  • Make tracks in the snow
  • Make hot cocoa
Many of the same things Peter did! ;-)

It was a perfect snowy day to start this book! We took a walk to the library . . .

We walked with our toes pointing out like this. . . and with our toes pointing in like that. . .
. . . just like Peter. 

And caught falling snowflakes on our tongue. 

"The day is cloudy and the wind is bold. Dress up warmly, you mustn't get cold!
Put on your coat and zip it up tight, put on your left boot, put on your right.
Put on your scarf and put on your hat, put on your mittens and clap-clap-clap!
Go outside and play and play. Come in again, and then we'll say-
Take off your coat that was zipped up tight, take off your left boot, take off your right.
Take off your scarf, take off your hat, take off your mittens, and then take a nap!"

{Ever notice that it takes longer to bundle up than to take it all off?}

The kids have been outside almost daily playing in the snow!

Snowy Day Lap Journal Activities

Malachi's First Paper Snowflake (I helped him). 

"Way up high In the winter sky , 2 little snowflakes caught my eye.
Down to the ground they fell without a sound.
And before very long, it was snowing all around."
A Snow Covered Tree. . . like in the book.

Our lapbook pages. 

Creamy Hot Cocoa and Snowball Cookies
Hot cocoa tastes better on a snowy day! 

This is the last Before Five in a Row book we will row! I had a few more activities planned, but I was too tired this week. Our first Five in a Row book will be Katy and the Big Snow, so we will do them then.

We are taking a winter break from formal activities until after baby is born. . . or until I rest up and have some more energy.  In the meantime, I will be doing some planning ahead for our FIAR adventure! 

Delightful Links:

For more Snowy Day fun, see my new row with Bo! 

Snowy Day Lapbook
Snowy Day Lesson Plans


  1. Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I Stumbled you post.

  2. oh... what delightful fun. You are like the best homeschool mama ever! I love to see how the Father uses you every time you teach! Thank you for inspiring us all...

    My babies want snow so much... play in it a little more for us in the sunshine state :D

  3. I am so glad you posted about this book! We are just going to have to do this this week!!!! Thanks! Looks like tons of fun. Quick question--what kind of printer do you have? I know . . . odd question! Back to cooking dinner!

  4. Yet another absolutely fabulous unit, your kiddos really have the best mamma!! I hope you get some much needed rest before bubs arrives.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your rowing of BFIAR with us! I hope you will continue to do detailed posts of FIAR. My daughter and I rowed a few FIAR but I just couldn't keep up the stamina to do more than just kind of discuss the ideas in the manual. Your posts about your activities inspire me though. A lot! And we just read this book today (though we read it a lot last year). I think BEar would love those snowball cookies.

  6. Hi Michelle,
    You always have such super cute ideas - Your kids are so blessed!

  7. What fun activities! The snowball cookies look delicious! We got our first snow last night and Sammy was thrilled!

  8. What a fun last B4 book! I'm looking forward to reading about your FIAR adventures. Hope you are feeling well and everything is going smoothly as you prepare for your baby's birth.

  9. Thank you! Wish I could send some snow your way! Will be thinking of you for sure ~ especially when it is below zero and we are freezing! :D

  10. Will be perfect timing for you too! I think you mentioned you were getting snow.

    I have a Cannon MX870 that I picked up at Costco. Hope dinner was good! :-)

  11. Thank you, Kylie! I am looking forward to the rest. . . and a little planning. ;-)

  12. I think I lost my stamina towards the end and our rows were pretty simple because of it (lots more discussion). . . I think a good break (to rest up and plan) will be good for me. . . and I do hope to share our learning adventure with FIAR! Thanks for letting me know you enjoy reading! :-)

  13. I think that first snow is the best! Enjoy! :-)

  14. Love your snowy activities. I linked up with 'Read. Explore. Learn.' to. I am your newest follower!

  15. Chel,

    Wow, I loved the pictures that you captured with the kids playing in the snow. Great job! The cookies were amazing as well.



  16. hi Michelle! i replied to the disqus email i received telling me i had won the Tropical Tradition giveaway but wasn't sure it went thru. i tried to email you but the email link doesn't work when i click it so i am commenting- hoping you receive it lol if i need to send you my addy thru email please let me know where to send it thank you very much- i'm excited to have won!

  17. Can I come and be a kid of yours? I especially want some snowball cookies, K? ;-)

  18. The Snowy Day was always one of our very favorite winter books! It looks like you had a lot of snowy day fun! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at