Books in Real Life: ‘All You Need for a Snowman’

Even though we don’t get much snow in Atlanta, we can dream about it, right?

This month I chose Alice Schertle’s All You Need for a Snowman to highlight for my Books in Real Life post. It’s a great book, especially for groups, but a lot of the activities that go along with it can be applied to other winter books.


One of my favorite ideas to go along with this book is a build-a-snowman station.This is a great activity to do with a handful of kids or to leave you kids to their own devices. I was surprised at how long this kept JC occupied.

I made a batch of our favorite play dough:

1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoons cream of tartar
Food Coloring (if so desired)

I put it all in a pan, turn on low heat, and mix until it stiffens up. Let it cool for a few minutes, and then knead the color in. I always think it isn’t going to work because it starts out so runny…but it always does!

Then I set up a little box of “snowman fixings”…little twigs, buttons, fabric scraps, etc. 


And the finished results:


Here is a quick and healthy snack idea for when you read the book. Decorate clear cups with snowman faces, tie a little scarf around them, and fill with freshly popped popcorn. Perfect to snuggle up and read the book!


Leslie over at Teach Junkie has a free download that goes along with the books that includes some great descriptive writing sheets. If you have younger kids, they can also be used as coloring pages. You can find the download here.

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