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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Comments

  1. Tia says

    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?

  2. tina mac says

    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. tina mac says

    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.

  4. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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

    Deborah

  5. Jen Hutchison says

    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.

  6. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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

  7. Jen Hutchison says

    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. :)