Snowball donuts, temperature experiments, and a boy named Peter inspired the kids to learn about temperature at our The Snowy Day Nature Book Club.
The Snowy Day Book Club Discussion
This month our nature book club was inspired by the book, The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats. This is such a sweet story about a boy who goes out for a walk in the snow.
Where we live we only get snow once or twice a year, and only an inch or two at that. So, we had to be a little creative at our book club and remind the kids of when they had played in the snow before. We talked about making snow tracks, and how to dress to go out in the snow.
I absolutely hate getting dressed to go out into the snow. It's so much work! But, once we get outside, we have a blast.
The kids felt the same way and they couldn't wait until we had a snow day so they could play like Peter did in the book.
The Snowy Day Book Club Snacks
At our nature book club, homeschool moms volunteer to bring snacks. This month, the mom brilliantly discovered that powdered donut holes looked just like snowballs!
Ingenious and time saving, we had these snacks with our favorite white drink - milk.
To decorate we used blue snowflake bowls and snowmen we had leftover from our Christmas decorations.
We used light blue plates and blue tablecloths that we drew white stars on to give a wintery effect.
The Snowy Day Book Club Activities
Since our book club was all about a snow-filled day, I decided to talk about temperature.
Specifically we wondered if all these items that moms made kids wear were warm. We know that when we put on gloves, mittens and scarves, we feel warmer, but are they actually warm?
We decided to find out.
To do this, we chose to perform an experiment.
First, we needed to come up with a hypothesis. Our hypothesis answered these three questions:
1. What do we observe about the mittens, caps, gloves, and scarves?
2. Are the mittens, caps, gloves, and scarves warm?
3. Why do we believe this to be true?
Next, we tested our hypotheses.
First, we recorded the temperature inside of the articles of clothing.
Then, we recorded the temperature of each while we were wearing them. This made for some funny results.
At the end, we came up with our conclusions.
Would you like to join us in learning about temperature? You can get your own copy of The Snowy Day Scientific Method Worksheet to use with your nature book club below.
The Snowy Day Online Book Club
We had so much fun with our snowy day that we decided to extend it to more fun the rest of the month!
Go on a nature trek with us based on The Snowy Day.
During this online book club, we will go on rabbit trails of discovery about the snow, animal tracks, winter plants and animals, and more. We will find ways to learn by experiencing parts of the book through arts and crafts.
We will add a little nature study magic dust and go on outdoor adventures into nature.
At the conclusion of the story, we'll throw a party and celebrate Peter's trek through the snow.
Take a Sneak Peek into our The Snowy Day Online Nature Book Club:
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…