In the children’s book There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro, children can follow along the adventures of an old lady who finds herself in a whimsical situation! Give this funny book a read with your child, then try the enrichment activities below. You will find that these activities can help kids engage with the text further and keep the learning going long after the book is done!
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Activity #1 There Was a Cold Lady Snowflakes Craft
- wood craft sticks
- white paint
- white and blue glitter
- hot glue or craft glue
- glue gun
- paint brush
- Begin by applying two coats of white paint to one side of the craft sticks. Allow paint to dry well in between coats.
- Apply a third coat, then sprinkle the sticks generously with craft glitter. Applying it while the paint is wet will help it stick to the craft sticks nicely.
- Once the paint is dry, stack the wood craft sticks paint side up into a star shape as shown. To make this shape you will need 3-4 sticks stacked.
- Apply some glue in between the wood craft sticks where they join. Press the sticks together at the point of application to help secure them into the snowflake shape.
- When your glue is dry, your craft stick snowflakes are ready to be displayed in a window! Let it snow!
Try using different colored glitters for different effects.
You can use different sizes or types of craft sticks to make your snowflakes all look different.
Activity #2 There Was a Cold Lady Snow Sensory Bin Activity
- small tote or plastic container
- fresh snow OR if you don’t have any, you can use crushed ice
- small measuring cups, spoons
- food coloring
- Pour the fresh snow or crushed ice into the container. You want to fill the container about halfway full.
- Add in the measuring spoons and cups. Children will like using these pieces to measure and manipulate the snow or ice.
- Add in a few drops of food coloring if you wish to color the snow or ice. Kids will enjoy watching it change colors.
- After some exploration, talk about the different characteristics of snow. Think about words that describe snow. Make a list if you can.
- Talk about how the story would be different if the old lady swallowed the snow in the sensory bin. Make up your own funny version of the story using your snow as an inspiration.
Don’t want to deal with cold snow? Try making my two ingredient MAGIC SNOW. It’s super easy and can be used just the same as real snow for this activity!
Activity #3 Comparing and Contrasting
- copy of There Was a Cold Lady, plus a copy of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
- Read both this text and the above suggested text out loud.
- As you may notice, there are a few similarities in these stories. Ask kids to talk about which elements of the stories sounded similar.
- Ask children to talk about how the stories are different. What are some aspects that were unique to each story?
- Make a list of how the two stories are the same, and a list on how the two stories are different. This is an excellent lesson in comparing and contrasting texts. When finished, display your list of thoughts.