The Christmas books are put away and only the winter ones remain—with Valentine titles soon arriving. Living in Michigan means these winter books will probably stick around until well into March. Unfortunately we have a very long and dreary winter season here—however the good news is; that means we have time to indulge in every single snow-inspired book and perfect our snowman and winter crafts!
One of our favorite classic winter time book has always been The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This week, while the temps were below zero, we dove into a new craft to go along with this well-loved story of a boy who wakes to discover his world covered in snow.
This project has a few steps to complete before assembling the finished product, so be patient and enjoy the moment as you complete each one with your littles.
Step 1: Think about your composition. We made a snowman for our piece, but any kind of snowy scene would work.
Step 2: Grab your supplies. You’ll need: a few heavy pieces of cardstock or scrap paper, white school glue, Epsom salt and your paints. We used acrylic paints for this one, but you could use tempera or watercolor as well.
Step 3: Start painting! You’ll want one full sheet of paper for the background. Cover it in paint to create your background scene. While the paint is still wet, squirt a generous amount of white school glue over the parts where you want it to sparkle. Then add the Epsom salt (which is not edible, in case you have tiny littles). This step can be quite messy—I’m still finding Epsom salt around my table and kitchen.
Step 4: Paint the elements of your scene using separate pieces of paper. One piece for the snowman (I used white with a tiny bit of blue to appear snow-like), another piece for the scarf, carrot nose and any other accessories you wish to add. Here’s your opportunity to talk to your littles about texture, pattern and color. We went with a red scarf and pink dots.
Step 5: Once all of the paint is dry (around 2 hours for us) you can cut out the shapes for your snowman. I also added in eyes, a mouth and a slight outline with a black pen to make our snowman stand out even more. The cutting is my favorite part—don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes and see where it takes you!
Step 6: Once you have everything cut out, assemble it on your background paper and then glue it down. That’s it!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.