Cue the winter crafts, books, and stories which include your favorite snowmen and friends. It is the most wonderful time of year to use these winter favorites during sessions to get students actively involved. Since you can’t always go outside and build a snowman of your own, there are many ways to do this so every student has their own to take home.
Start with Snowman Stories
To get kids into the mood, start with some tales about snowmen. New and wonderful stories about these frosty characters continue to be published, along with favorite classics. Some stories that would work well in a variety of ways to inspire future sessions and get kids talking include the following.
- Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert
- The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
- Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
- The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton
- Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
- 100 Snowmen by Jen Arena
- The Smiley Snowman by M. Christina Butler
- All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertie
- The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
- Snowman in Paradise by Michael Roberts
Utilize book walks and talk about their experience with making snowmen. Use student excitement to determine what to do next. Some of the books read may have great crafting or snack-tivity options available on Pinterest. Look to see what works best for the children who have sessions with you.
Crafting Individual Snow People
Crafts are a wonderful tool to use in therapy sessions. They allow for team building, modeling, fine motor practice, speech and language drills, and almost anything you can think of. There are countless snowman crafts available to do with students of all ages.
A fun one to do together with younger children is Stained Glass Snowmen by Glued to my Crafts. To do this, you will need the free printable, clear contact paper, white/black/orange construction paper, scissors, and tissue paper. The instructions are easy to follow and would be wonderful practice using scissors for children in occupational therapy sessions.
Older students may enjoy using a giant piece of white construction paper to create their own snowman cones. First, they draw a big ice cream cone and then make a snowman on top of the cone. They may then decorate their snowman on top of their cone for a unique treat.
Another fun project could be a take-home activity. To prepare for this, you would need to send home blank snowman cut out. Include instructions for each child to decorate their own dream snow person. This could be anything and everything they want. They may use whatever they have at home to decorate. Be sure to include translated instructions for those with bilingual households to be able to participate. When the snow people come back in, you can parade them around to practice gross motor skills. Perhaps you will have a snow person talent show where they can work on speech and language goals. Think outside of the box and include something which works on the skills you are trying to build.
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