Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Snowy Day in the Sweltering Summer Heat

Manila summer is here, and the heat – ah the heat! – is almost unbearable. The sun blinds my eyes and toasts my skin a darker shade of brown.

Can we just fly into a winter wonderland, catch some snow with our tongues, and glide across a frozen pond in our skate shoes?

We can, and we did, one hot summer day (and night). 

Snowman craft made of cardboard painted white, and pompoms from an
old Christmas Kit. Check out the blue tracks that Peter made.

Escape through imaginative play

My husband and I are big believers of the power of pretend play to help children deepen their knowledge of the world around them and develop their language, problem solving skills, and creativity.

We have always encouraged Little T’s imagination by joining her world of make-believe. We lend our voices to Panda (tiny voice), Bear (growly voice), and various characters to “interact” (“What are you doing, Little T?”) with her as requested. We crawl through tunnels with her. We pretend to be her patients. We take her to the beach in the backyard. We fly on an airplane to visit a country.

And we play in the snow

The Snowy Day by Ezra John Keats from the Before Five in a Row book list is an old favorite. In the story, a boy named Peter explores his neighborhood during a snowfall, makes tracks and snow angels, and slides down a mountain of snow.

In previous readings, we pretended flour 

and sand, on which Little T made tracks like Peter in the book, to be snow.

We like torn tissue paper best, though. We got the idea from Little T’s Kindermusik class (Hello, Weather!) with Teacher Suzette.

We made some paper snowflakes and turned on the A/C.

We put on layers and layers of clothes and skated with our skate shoes.

We made snow balls for a snowball fight

and cleaned the floor as snow angels.

We tasted snow in the daytime... aka Halo-halo, a Filipino dessert with shaved ice

and had some hot chocolate and cheese in the cold, cold night.

Finally, we burrowed deep into our bed covers, and said goodnight.

The Learning Basket

Little T always asks for “winter.” Here are the contents of our Learning Basket when we feel like having some snow in our life.

  1. The Snowy Day
  2. Snow by Uri Shulevitz - a Caldecott Medal book about snow that a boy and his dog find magical
  3. Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel - a read-aloud classic
  4. The Big Snow by Berta Hader - a Caldecott Medal book about woodland animals getting ready for the big snow 
  5. The Day Daddy Stayed Home by Ethel and Leonard Kessler - a favorite book that shows a fun, snowy day that a child spends with his father who cannot go to work because of the snow
  6. Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London - Froggy wants to play in the snow and puts on his winter clothes

Some Links on the Importance of Pretend Play

Make magic!

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Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

It's the Five Corners store :) I just remembered it now. :D Happy shopping!

Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms said...

Good!! That's near my house lang so good!

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Hi Anne! It's Wonderland toys. I got it from a store in White Plains QC :)

Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms said...

I love the wooden tea set. Where did you get that?

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Hi Kristina! We love, love BFIAR and FIAR! Each reading inspires different ideas and activities :) I will definitely put white socks in our Learning Basket the next time we row a wintry book :D Great idea for a snowball fight! :D

Kristina said...

Found your blog from the FIAR Facebook forum-- love all the pretend play activities your daughter engaged in; especially the flour!  What a fun mess!  We recently rowed katy and the big snow and used all our white socks as snowballs and I made one of his ride on toys a snowplow!  He loved it!  Thanks for sharing!
Kristina @ School Time Snippets  http://www.schooltimesnippets.blogspot.com