Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “I’m A Little Snowman” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “I’m A Little Snowman” is a fun song that can be used for some simple movement and imaginative play, as well as introducing clothing and parts of the body vocabulary.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- Encourage little ones to pretend to be a snowman and follow along with the movements as they sing!
- This is also a great song to introduce some simple clothing and parts of the body vocabulary, as well as some simple counting up to three. In this song we introduce buttons, a hat and scarf, and the body part vocabulary eyes and nose. Ask your students what other parts of the body a snowman might have, like arms and eyes. Or what other things a snowman might wear. For more winter clothing vocabulary, pair this song with Put On Your Boots. For more parts of the body vocabulary and finger play, try One Little Finger.
- Include this song in a unit about weather to represent the colder months.
- For a fun game, try playing dance freeze with this song. Snowmen are frozen outside in the cold, so this is a fun song to play this game with. Have your students get up and pretend to be snowmen. When the music is playing, they can move and dance like snowmen, but when the music stops, they have to freeze, and pretend to be real snowmen frozen in the snow.
- For another fun movement game, have all your students pretend to be magic snowmen and stand at one end of the room. Then pick one student to stand at the opposite end of the room facing the wall. When that student’s back is turned, the snowmen magically come to life and start to move towards the other wall, making their way closer to the student who’s back is turned. But at any moment, the student can turn around and then all the snowmen have to be still. They can’t show their magic and move in front of other people. If the student catches any snowmen moving, they have to go back to the other wall and start again. Keep going until all the snowmen have made it to the other side.
- If it snows where you live, try making a snowman outside! Sing the song as you create your snowman with all the different parts in the song and at the end to celebrate your new snowman friend.
- If you don’t get snow where you are, you can try making some play snow! You can even make snowballs to make a mini snowman with it!
- Another great activity is making a snowman craft. We make ours into a puppet you can use to play along to the song!