Cotton ball blizzard in a box

Before the real snow started to fall, our class discovered that a surprisingly fun substitute for snow turned out to be three bags full of large, fluffy cotton balls.  Cotton balls certainly don’t have all the qualities of real snow but they are white, fluffy, and do a nice job promoting conversation and pretend play when used to create a cotton ball blizzard in a box…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

We started our day exploring cotton ball snowballs by reading the book “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

“Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert is really more about snowmen but as you know, every snowman starts with a snowball.  This book shares wonderfully illustrated pictures of snowmen with faces made from corn seeds, raisins, nuts, bolts, and other items that promote lots of conversation about snow and snowman faces…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

Before reading our book, I thought it would be fun if we could get into the winter mood first so I invited the children to help me create our own mini-blizzard by tossing some cotton ball snowballs into our large box…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

Then the children all climbed into the box and Mrs. Courtney read “Snowballs” to the children…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

After reading our story, we left the box filled with cotton balls in the center of our circletime/block center floor for the children to explore…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

The children came and went from the blizzard box all throughout the morning. We explored how to make cotton ball snow angels in our box…

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We found it was best to actually pack the snowballs around our bodies then stand up so we could see the shape left behind…

Cotton ball blizzard in a box by Teach Preschool

Our cotton ball blizzard play took on different forms as the children played including building snow forts or caves with our blocks and animals…

Cotton Ball Snowball Blizzard by Teach Preschool

All throughout the morning, the children came and went from our cotton ball blizzard box…

Cotton Ball Snowball Blizzard by Teach Preschool

The blizzard in the box was only one of the ways we explored cotton ball snowballs so stay tuned for my next post so I can share with you some of the other amazing things we came up with….

Cotton Ball Snowball Blizzard by Teach Preschool

And by the way, for those of you with toddlers, I thought you would like to know that my grandson loved the cotton ball blizzard in a box too…

Blizzard in a Box Collage by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-01-04T23:45:02+00:00January 4th, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

15 Comments

  1. Tia January 5, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Love this we are doing a winter wonderland unit and we live in FL so this is great, dose anyone know if you need the buffalo snow flakes for the frosty snow fluff want to make it but don’t have the flakes, it seems to me they are just for sparkle?

    • tina mac January 5, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

      I used the flakes, but didn’t like how it came out. Next time I will just use the corn starch and shaving cream….maybe add some glitter, but probably not.

  2. tina mac January 5, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I had some toddlers who were really into throwing and so I hit upon throwing snowball cotton balls. The children loved it! It was a nice switch from bean bags, balls and other missles!

  3. Mary January 5, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Very nice activity, and it reminds me of making Snow Angel outside, after a heavy snowfall. During the Fall Season we gathered leaves to do a similar activity. Thank you for sharing this Cotton Balls idea. Mary https://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

  4. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO January 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    hello! amzing idea! I ‘ll put It into practise! but here in Argentina we can’t get such a big box. where did u get it?
    thanks for sharing!
    MIRIAM

  5. Marnie January 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    We TOTALLY did this yesterday before seeing your inspirational post. I will have to check out that book. Thanks, K!

    • Marnie January 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Erh…that “K” should be a “D”…sorry Deborah! 🙂

  6. Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories January 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I love your giant box as much as the cotton ball idea.

  7. Angie January 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! It is the perfect activity after the break. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Adela January 15, 2013 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Really love this idea and will be trying it out this week.

  9. Whitney T January 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Where did you get that big box from?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Whitney,
      I got the box from our local recycling center. There is actually a center just down the street from my house:)

      Deborah

  10. Jen Hutchison January 19, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great idea! My ECSE class enjoyed a surprise snow storm in Louisiana! Now the water table has turned into a flurry of snowflakes! Endless hours of investigating are sure to come.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Love it Jen! I hope you informed the weather man in Louisiana of your winter storm:)

      • Jen Hutchison January 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        Thanks for the reply!! I have enjoyed your power points for years and love the endless ideas on Teach Preschool! We have the best job in the world. 🙂

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