If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that last Sunday I announced a series that I am very excited about! Each Sunday I will be sharing a different children’s picture book that we love with an activity, craft or snack that goes along with the theme of the book! I have SO many books and activities already planned out, I can’t wait to share them all with you! Last week I shared a favorite in our house, Bagel In Love by Natasha Wing along with a Valentine’s Day cupcake decorating activity. This week I am sharing the beloved Over and Under the Snow picture book by Kate Messner with a simple activity that you can print at the bottom of this post.
Follow my hashtag #mtnwildstorytime on Instagram to get ideas and inspiration on creating your own special story time with your children. It’s the perfect excuse to carve out some time once a week, sit down with a fun new book, and spend quality time together as your kiddos flex their imaginations, expand their vocabulary, and develop a love for books and reading.
Winter is still in full swing here in NW Montana so working in a few more winter themed books keeps us staying excited about Winter and appreciating all it’s wonder. Over and Under the Snow is a beautifully illustrated picture book that teaches children what kinds of animals live over the snow and under the snow in the Winter months. This is a great book to add to a hibernation curriculum or for any child interested in habitats and/or animals.
To start storytime in our house, I find that it’s easier to get all the supplies or snacks ready to go before getting your kiddo to settle down. I have been doing this at our kitchen table or coffee table and have the activity all laid out to get my son excited about it. Then we read through the book and I have him jump in to read at any time he wants. For this book I had him read all the “over” and “under” words. (There are a LOT) Repetitive books like this are so great for kids learning site words. After our animal sorting activity I had him practice writing these site words in his notebook.
I designed this simple activity (there are 3 design options for you to choose from) where the child can sort the animals that are over and under the snow. Have you child cut and glue the animals in the correct column and talk about each animal as they paste it. There are a couple of pages at the end of the book that give more facts about each animal so I read these out loud as he cut and pasted them to the paper.
We enjoyed sipping cups of hot cocoa while we read the book and worked on our activity. My son has been really loving our weekly storytime and keeps asking what the next book is going to be!
Click on the image you want to print below. You can laminate these to use again and again.
You can find this book on Amazon: (affiliate link)
I would love to see how you storytime! Please use the hashtag #mtnwildstorytime on Instagram so I can see how you and your littles use our printables or activity ideas. I look forward to building this community and sharing ideas on getting kids hooked on books !
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