I’ve always loved Winter. The crunch of snow under my boots. That amazing wood smell from a wood-burning stove. The crisp cold air tickling my nose. And my lungs burning as I sip a spicy frothy Chai Tea Latte.
I can’t believe it’s already November. And with winter right around the creator, I have been planning some winter activities for my students. As a student, I always remembered the fun activities we did alongside a good book.
That’s why I love sharing stories with my students and theming my activities around books.
This Winter, I decided to focus on one of my favorites: “Sneezy the Snowman.”
“Sneezy the Snowman” was published in 2010 by Maureen Wright. And it is a classic! Not only does it have comical humor throughout the story, but I love utilizing this story to have my students retell or predict what will happen next.
However, this year I ran into a slight problem. This year I am actually still Distance Learning. So the activities that are my typical “Go to’s” won’t work this year.
That’s why I wanted to share these “Sneezy the Snowman” Distance Learning Activities. Because even though we are still Distance Learning or Hybrid learning, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun!
So without further ado here are some Distance Learning Activities for “Sneezy the Snowman.”
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“Sneezy the Snowman” Read Aloud
In order to make these themed activities a success, you are going to need the book. I found “Sneezy the Snowman” book here on Amazon.
Another option (especially if you are short on time) is to find a Read-Aloud Online.
I personally have the book. However, I always like to have a Read Aloud handy just in case.
I went ahead and watched several Read Alouds. These were the best ones by far that you are welcome to check out:
- “Sneezy the Snowman” Read Aloud by Storytime at Awnie’s House
- Read Aloud for “Sneezy the Snowman” by Grandma’s House
“Sneezy the Snowman” Writing Activities
After we either read or watch “Sneezy the Snowman,” I like to have students write about the story.
In general, we usually do a “Retell” Activity where students draw or write what happened in the story. This is also a great way to assess Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.2.
You can either create your own or you are welcome to use mine!
Another writing activity I might do for “Sneezy the Snowman” is to have students write about what will happen next.
At the end of the story, Sneezy the Snowman eats ice cream and he feels just right. I like to ask my students “What do you think Sneezy the Snowman will do next?”
My students typically answer with things like:
“Sneezy the Snowman will eat/drink _________ and he melts again.”
“Sneezy the Snowman goes and _________.”
Either way, I love it when my students use their imagination and predict what happens next.
To do this I created these Digital Writing Activities for my students. You are welcome to use them or create your own. I made them at different levels because I have different leveled writers in my class.
“Sneezy the Snowman” Scavenger Hunt
If you have been around The Present Teacher long enough, you may have noticed that I really enjoy scavenger hunts.
I have created some for “The Five Little Pumpkins” and “The Kissing Hand” so far. And my kids love them!
In order for the “Sneezy the Snowman” Scavenger Hunt to work, I just printed out these images and hid them around my classroom (or house)!
My students loved being the first ones to point them out. It was a great way to get them engaged with the story and bring “Sneezy the Snowman” to life.
You are welcome to use or create your own. Or you can get them for Free by clicking here or down below!
Digital Snowman Activities
The next activity I wanted to incorporate with “Sneezy the Snowman” was some Digital Activities. For this, I really wanted to find Activities that they could do that was relevant to what we were covering in class.
I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for on Teachers Pay Teachers, so I created my own!
For these activities I have students work on Letter and Number Recognition. And even adding and subtracting.
These Digital Activities are great because I can assign them as homework or as an assignment on Google Classroom. I also used them as an assessment for Letter Knowledge and Number Recognition.
My students really enjoyed these because they were engaging and easy to use because they are Drag and Drop.
Another “Sneezy the Snowman” Virtual learning activity I did was a Snowman Craft. For the craft, I sent the supplies in a packet that families picked up from the school.
One of the Snowman Crafts I sent home with my kids was “Sneezy the Snowman Puffy Craftivity” by The Primary Pack.
This is something I have done in years past and my Students love creating their own Melting “Sneezy the Snowman.” All you need for this activity is paper, glue, shaving cream, and a popsicle stick!
I plan on sending the little traveling sized shaving creams home with my families. And they already have glue which is a plus.
Snowman Science Experiment
The final “Sneezy the Snowman” virtual learning activity I am going to do is a science experiment. I actually found two different ones and I am not quite sure which one I am going to do. (I might even both of them)
For science experiments, I just do a demonstration using Zoom or Google Hangouts.
I love utilizing science experiments because they are engaging and they are a great way to get some Science Standards in.
For the “Sneezy the Snowman” I found two different experiments:
- “Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows Melting Snowman Activity” by Arts & Crackers
- “The Exploding Snowman Science Experiment” by Mombrite
Hot Cocoa Melting Snowman Science Experiment
The Hot Cocoa Experiment is super cute. All you need is Water, Hot Cocoa Mix, Styrofoam Cups, Spoons, Marshmallows, and Sharpies.
In this experiment, students put a Marshmallow Snowmen in three different temperatures: hot, warm, and cold. They then see which one melts the fastest.
This is a great science experiment about heat and energy!
Exploding Snowman Activity
The Exploding Snowman Science Experiment is super easy as well!
Much like the Erupting Pumpkin, I did in “The Five Little Pumpkins Distance Learning Activities,” this experiment utilizes baking soda and vinegar for the chemical reaction.
For this experiment, you will need a sandwich bag, markers, baking soda, vinegar, and paper towels or tissue paper.
This is a great activity to talk about how energy is created when two different substances mix. I love this activity because in the past my students tend to love the “exploding” experiments the best.
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Overall, In this article we talked about the following Virtual Activities you can do with your students for “Sneezy the Snowman”
- “Sneezy the Snowman” Read Aloud
- Retell and Writing Activity for “Sneezy the Snowman”
- “Sneezy the Snowman” Scavenger Hunt
- Digital Snowman Activities
- “Sneezy the Snowman” Puffy Craftivity
- Snowman Melting in Hot Cocoa Experiment
- And Exploding Snowman Experiment
There are so many fun and engaging activities for “Sneezy the Snowman.” I hope this article gave you some great activities that you are excited to share with your students.
I love activities like these because to me this allows students to build a relationship with books at a whole new level.
Any activities that I missed? What are your go-to activities for Winter? Please feel free to comment down below so we can have an amazing winter idealist!
Thank you for reading this post, and remember:
“We are stronger together.”