Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

March 2008

I Can Make A Snowman

lyrics by Carole Peterson © 2003
tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb (traditional)

Listen to the whole song on H.U.M – Highly Usable Music or hear it here:

This simplest of singing games is a big hit with Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers.  Make 3 sizes of circles out of colors of paper, or as I do, felt – for use with a flannel board.  Younger children close their eyes while I make the snowman, peeking in time to finish the song with the color of snowman I've made.  Then we talk about who might be wearing that color, or where we can see it in the room.  With 4 and 5-year olds, I put all their names in a bowl and draw the "snowman maker's" name.  That child comes forward, we zip their name into the song, and the rest of the class sings "Justin can make a snowman" while covering their eyes.  At the end of the verse they look to see what color Justin has made, finishing the song with it!  Then we can talk about what you could use to make that color snowman:  for example - RED could be strawberries, a stop sign, tulips, an apple, etc.  We can do about 5 each day.

One of the schools which uses my music has made a book of this song, with pages of the lyrics in Green, a Green Snowman page, followed by a page of green grass, etc.  Each verse has 3 pages – and I hear the book is a must-read in the Wintertime! 

Lyrics:

I can make a snowman, a snowman, a snowman
I can make a snowman, my snowman will be _______ ! (insert color)

Note: When children make the snowman, there is no "wrong" or "right" way - though we think of the largest ball at the bottom, ascending to the smallest ball for the head, please let the children build it however they can. For kicks, I even make a "Rainbow Snowman" on the last day of this activity, with 3 different colored circles. This is Pre-School humor at it's best!

Age Range: 2's – 5 year olds, tho children younger than 2 who are learning their colors will enjoy this, too. This activity is also used in multi-lingual classrooms by inserting the colors in other languages.

Purpose: Color identification, social participation

Materials: Cut 3 different sized circles of each of 3 or more colors. Stack them in piles by color. Make a flannel board by attaching flannel to foam core board, a bulletin board or heavy cardboard. OR draw the snowmen with marker or crayons.

Miss Carole's felt board set-up:

Snowmen

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