Sunday, March 8, 2015

If All The Snowflakes Were Popsicles And Ice Cream

A few weeks ago when most of us around here were pretty over winter and it's lingering cold and snow, I decided to embrace the circumstances and have a little fun with the kiddos!
You probably know the song "If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops oh what a rain that would be" and the enthusiastic ''Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh''s that make up the fourth line of the text.  Well, for winter we had a verse that went a little something like this:

If all the snowflakes were popsicles and ice cream 
Oh what a snow that would be!
I'd stand outside with my mouth open wide.
If all the snowflakes were popsicles and ice cream 
Oh what a snow that would be!

The children had an absolute blast learning this song, especially as I encouraged as loud of ahh-ing as their little hearts desired. 

We followed up learning this song with a fun and simple activity and craft.

As prep work, I printed off copies of this picture, and these ice cream cones and popsicles.  I printed one bigger copy of the popsicles and ice cream to color in and several copies on colored paper to be cut out. 

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I added the writing on the bottom

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Some of the ones on darker paper didn't print very well, but the kiddos didn't seem to mind ;)
After we had sang the song together once, each child got to choose one of the bigger, colored popsicles or ice creams from a small envelope.  I then modeled two sentence constructions in English - ''I have a popsicle/ I have ice cream'' and ''It is (insert color)''.  We then went around the circle and each child told what he or she had and its color. The first time I had to prompt the children several times with ''Can you use a full sentence?'', but by the second and third day of this activity and song they were using full sentences on their own. Even better? ''I have (insert any object of choice)'' began popping up the whole day long.  I'm so proud of my little smarties!! 

After our group work, the children had the chance to work individually on a small craft.  The picture was colored-in and the popsicles and ice creams were glued in as falling from the sky among the snowflakes. 

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End product
As we endured a couple more weeks of winter flurries, the presence (or lack there of) of ice cream and popsicles falling from the sky became a major point of discussion during outside play time.  

In any case, a good (and educational!) time was had by all! 

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