Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create with us at home, and join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home.
Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, is a classic New York winter tale published over 50 years ago. (It’s the most checked-out book in the New York Public Library’s history!) Peter heads outside to experience a winter day on his block, and we get to read along to see him slide, stomp, and build in the snow. In addition to this art project, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has a Snowy Day game and a read aloud for you to enjoy!
We love how a dusting of snow can transform the city and we were inspired to make trees, a sleigh, and of course Peter, all covered with fluffy snow.
Download and print the two Snowy Day templates (one has figures and one is a big circle).
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Glue or tape
- Cotton balls, white tissue paper, or paper towel (anything white and fluffy!)
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
Using your coloring materials, decorate Peter and the other figures who will be in your snowy scene.
Cut out your colored figures, and the large circle from your second template.
Fold back the square at the bottom of each figure and then glue or tape them to the circle. Choose how you want them arranged – will Peter be next to a tree? Will the gingerbread man be chasing the sleigh?
Let it snow! Using your glue, cover the ground and figures with snow. Remember when Peter hit the tree with a stick? Make sure to add a big pile of snow on his head.
Choose where you’ll place your winter scene!
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!