We love pairing activities, crafts and recipes with books here on Rainy Day Mum and one of our top picks of Winter Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. So we’ve collected together some fantastic activities and crafts inspired by The Snowy Day for toddlers and preschoolers check them out below.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a simple and beautiful winter story that toddlers and preschoolers will love.
It tells the story of a little boy waking up in the city to the first snowfall of the year.
Full of simple winter activities like footprints in the snow, creating snow angels and even trying to save some snowballs from melting this is great for all children.
The Snowy Day Themed Activities For Toddlers and Preschoolers
We’ve tried to provide a range of different activities and below these crafts, for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. Check them out below by clicking on the links.
Letter, Number and Name Games
Simple Snowball Name Game
Enjoy a snowball fight just like the boy in the book but use to for some learning at the same time. With our Indoor Snowball Fight Name Game for Preschoolers.
Snowball Number Recognition Game
A similar idea exploring learning through the snowball fight why not try this Snowball Number Recognition Game from School Time Snippets.
Snowy Alphabet Sensory Bin
Sensory Bins are one of our favourite ways for sensory play and this Alphabet Snow Sensory Bin from The Educators’ Spin On It is perfect for putting together to help your toddlers and preschoolers to learn their letters after reading the book together.
Snow Storm in a Bag
Did you know that puffing and blowing help with speech? It was one of the activities that we had to do with our daughter when she attended speech therapy and this Snow Storm in a Bag over on JDaniel 4s Mom is a quick and easy low prep activity.
Winter Science and STEM
Science of Salt and Ice
Investigate why roads are salted in the winter with our Winter Science Experiment.
One of our favourite reactions in science is that of an acid and base like making volcanoes. You can use this experiment in lots of ways and we love this Winter themed Fizzy Science Activity over on Teach Beside me.
Melting STEM Activity
In the book, the little boy tries to save a snowball from melting. You can do it too by investigating melting with our simple snowman melting STEM activity.
Snow Science Exploration
If you want to get a little more scientific then head over to Inspiration Laboratories and look at their Science Exploration of Snow. We love the “volume experiment” to show that volume does not always equal mass!
Sensory Play Ideas
Bring the Snow Inside
If you are lucky enough to have snow then set up a sensory bin filled with real snow inside and just let your toddlers and preschoolers play. If not then why not follow the instructions for Bringing the Snow Inside when you Have NO SNOW over on Mama Smiles.
Motor Skill Activities
Snowy Day Sticker Fun
Kid love stickers and they also love sticking them everywhere! It’s actually a great activity for fine motor skills. Check out this Snowy Day Sticky Table activity over on Toddler Approved for some simple low prep fun.
Footprints in the snow
From fine motor fun to gross motor and copying the little boy in the book our Footprints in the snow activity is great for heading outside and playing whilst improving those muscles.
The Snowy Day Book Arts and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
DIY Snowy Day Peg Doll
We loved the book so much that we decided to get creative and make our own Snowy Day Peg Doll so that we could retell the story with our little character. This is such a simple craft and then you could add it to your snowy sensory bin above to play out the story.
Head outside and get creative in the snow with this 3-ingredient snow paint recipe over on Views from my Step Stool. This is just so much fun to do and one of our favourite outdoor winter activities for toddlers and preschoolers.
We love printing here – check out our Snowman Potato Print Art for an example. But with very young toddlers you need something really simple and this Winter Cork Printed Art Project over on Messy Little Monster is perfect to try. Plus we love the way that you end up with a finished craft as well!
More Winter Activities For Toddlers and Preschoolers
If you are looking for more general Winter Activities then check out the 3 popular ideas on Rainy Day Mum below.
- Winter Nursery Rhymes and Songs
- Snowman Themes Activities, Crafts and Recipes
- Snow and Ice Crafts and Activities
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.