It’s snowing in Sodor! Henry has a good time watching snowflakes and making tracks in the snow. After watching this clip from Thomas & Friends, try making your own shapes in the snow with art activities!
Frame the viewing: Ask the children to imagine they are standing in a field of cold white snow. What does the snow look like? What does it feel like? Ask the children to draw on past experience and share if they have ever played in snow. What kinds of things did they do in the snow?
Focus the viewing: Tell the children that they are going to watch a video segment from Thomas & Friends in which Henry has a good time playing in the snow. Ask the group to notice what happens when Henry drives through the snow.
Follow-Up: Ask the children what Henry was doing in the snow. Discuss ways to stay safe while playing outside in the winter. How could Henry have been safer when he went out to play?
Make some shapes in a shaving cream snow field. Cover a table with butcher paper or a plastic table cloth. Spray some shaving cream in fron of each child and have them spread it out around the table. Talk about how the snow comes down from the sky and covers up the ground. Have the kids clear tracks through the snow, like the Engines do, with their fingers or with paintbrushes. Try making different shapes in the "snow" or practice making letters and numbers.
Talk about how snow comes down from the sky in little tiny pieces called snowflakes. With an adult's help, make paper snowflakes. Cut out a large circle of white paper. Fold the circle in half and then in half again. Draw different shapes along the edges of the paper and cut them out using a scissor. Make sure to cut through all the layers of the paper! Unfold the circle to see your finished snowflake! See if you can name all of the shapes that you see in the snowflake or if you made up any new shapes of your own.
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