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.
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In this Issue
- An all-time classic: create a blizzard of Epsom Salt Snow Scenes.
- Make any drawing look like a winter wonderland with Coffee Filter Snowflakes.
- No snow where you live? Your reader will love to prove that no two 'snowflakes' are alike after completing our Epsom Salt Investigation.
- Act like Peter in our Snowy Day Creative Movement.
- Warm yourself on even the chilliest day with a Snowflake Quesadillas and Hot Vanilla.
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
- Epsom salts
- Boiling water
- Construction paper (it will work best on a dark color, like blue or black)
- Mix 1 cup Epsom salts with 1 cup boiling water. Let cool.
- Ask your reader to create a picture on the construction paper using crayons.
- 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.
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!
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
- White coffee filters
Little hands may need a bit of help with the folding part of this project.
- Fold the filter in half
- Fold in half again.
- Fold in half again.
- Let your reader cut different shapes into the filter, or have them draw a design and then cut along lines.
- Unfold and admire!
- Repeat many, many times, with as many designs as you can think of!
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.
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
- 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.
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute shredded zucchini until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Take one tortilla and fold in half, and then fold into thirds to make a triangle with six layers.
- Cut out a snowflake design with a small paring knife or kitchen shears, similar to making coffee filter snowflakes.
- Place one full torialla on a baking sheet. Top with zucchini spread, mozarella cheese, and snowflake tortilla.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of cinnamon
- Pour milk into a microwave safe mug. Stir in sugar until combined.
- Microwave for about 90 seconds, or until heated. Stir in vanilla and top with a dash of cinnamon.