My Very Own Book
Epsom Salt Snow Scene and Investigation

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

Few things are more magical to children (both young and old) than waking up to find the world outside your door has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Join Peter as he dons his red snowsuit as he experiences a full day of chilly adventures in the 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day.

Celebrating its 50 year anniversary, The Snowy Day continues to be a favorite of readers of all ages not only for its endearing story but also for its engaging illustrations featuring cut-outs, watercolors, and collage. Don’t miss this book and the opportunity to share a most enjoyable day in the snow with Peter. 

 

About the Author

The Snowy Day has a fascinating history, thanks to the author, Ezra Jack Keats. Read about Ezra, his amazing career, and the real boy who inspired Peter in the biographyon his website. 

 

In this Issue

 

Epsom Salt Snow Scenes

Transform any drawing into a wintry scene with the magic of epsom salts. Epsom salt can be found at any grocery store for around $2, depending on size.

Epsom Salt Snow Scene Art Project - The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats - Off the Shelf

 

Epsom Salt Snow Scene

Supplies

  • Epsom salts
  • Boiling water
  • Paintbrush
  • Construction paper (it will work best on a dark color, like blue or black)
  • Crayons
  1. Mix 1 cup Epsom salts with 1 cup boiling water. Let cool.
  2. Ask your reader to create a picture on the construction paper using crayons.
  3. Using the paintbrush, have your reader paint over the crayon drawing with the cool Epsom salts. It doesn't seem like much, but once it dries, the drawing will have a frosty appearance.

 

Epsom Salt Investigation

Provide your reader with a magnifying glass to study the crystals that have formed over their drawing.

If you are lucky enough to have snow outside your door, place a thin layer of the real snow on a sheet of black construction paper and invite your reader to study it with a magnifying glass as well. Explain how no two flakes are the same, just like people!

 

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Making paper snowflakes is a childhood tradition that has been going on forever. Fill your house with a blizzard of these airy flakes to celebrate winter, even there's no snow outside your window. 

Coffee Filter Snowflakes Craft - The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats - Off the Shelf

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Supplies

  • White coffee filters
  • Scissors

Little hands may need a bit of help with the folding part of this project.

  1. Fold the filter in half
  2. Fold in half again.
  3. Fold in half again.
  4. Let your reader cut different shapes into the filter, or have them draw a design and then cut along lines.
  5. Unfold and admire!
  6. Repeat many, many times, with as many designs as you can think of!

 

Snowy Day Creative Movement

Invite your reader to act out Peter’s snowy adventures as you read through the book:

  • Walk with toes pointing out
  • Walk with toes pointing in
  • Walk and drag feet s-l-o-w-l-y
  • Walk and pretend to drag a stick
  • Now take the pretend stick and smack a snow-covered tree
  • And feel the big plop of snow fall on your head!
  • Make a snowman and a snow angel.
  • Climb up a big mountain of snow then slide all the way down
  • Make a round snowball and pack it in your pocket.

 

Snowflake Quesadillas and Hot Vanilla

Snowflake Quesadilla with Zucchini Spread and Mozzarella - The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats - Off the Shelf

Snowflake Quesadillas

Zucchini Spread Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1-15 ounce can cannellini beans
  •  1/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese or part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper
  1. If you want the filling to be very light in color, peel the zucchini (we didn't). Shred the zucchini in a food processor or with a box grater. 
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute shredded zucchini until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans. 
  3. Transfer cooked zucchini to a food processor and add beans, cottage or ricotta cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrap down sides if necessary. 
    Note: Leftover spread is delicious with baby carrots and other vegetables or as a dip with crackers! 

For Each Quesadilla

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • about 1/3 cup zucchini spread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Take one tortilla and fold in half, and then fold into thirds to make a triangle with six layers. 
  3. Cut out a snowflake design with a small paring knife or kitchen shears, similar to making coffee filter snowflakes. 
  4. Place one full torialla on a baking sheet. Top with zucchini spread, mozarella cheese, and snowflake tortilla. 
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes. 
  6. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

 

Hot Vanilla

Hot Vanilla Milk with Cinnamon - The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats - Off the Shelf


Inspired by the hot chocolate so often enjoyed on snowy days, this hot vanilla is equally appropriate for the occasion with its snowy color. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  1. Pour milk into a microwave safe mug. Stir in sugar until combined. 
  2. Microwave for about 90 seconds, or until heated. Stir in vanilla and top with a dash of cinnamon.
 
 

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