"Autobiographies of great nations are written in three manuscripts – a book of deeds, a book of words, and a book of art.
Of the three, I would choose the latter as truest testimony." - Sir Kenneth Smith, Great Civilisations

"I must write each day without fail, not so much for the success of the work, as in order not to get out of my routine." - Leo Tolstoy

I have never believed that one should wait until one is inspired because I think the pleasures of not writing are so
great that if you ever start indulging them you will never write again. - John Updike

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour
is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Children's Winter Poems and Cut Outs

DLTK's Crafts for Kids

Includes a printable template, craft or coloring suggestion to go with each poem
which may be printed out in either color or black & white.

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look what they do when they stick together.

Verna M. Kelly

Five Little Snowflakes Felt Board Rhyme
Contributed by Leanne Guenther

You can use the rhyme with the templates a few ways. Try giving each child one of the templates and encourage them to hold it up at the appropriate time in the rhyme (you can tape a straw or popsicle stick onto the bottom to make them like puppets... The kids seem to like waving puppets around more than just holding up pieces of paper).

You could also make the templates as felt board characters. Simply glue a small piece of coarse sandpaper or felt onto the back of each template so it will hang on the felt board. Place the pieces onto the felt board as you do the rhyme.

Optional: cover the templates in clear contact paper (bought as a roll from your local office supply store for under $5) to make them last longer.

Optional: If you want to practice number identification with the kids, replace Template 1 (the snowflake with the face) with the Simple Shapes Snowflake.

Write the numbers 1 thru 5 in the center of the simple shapes snowflake.

Five Little Snowflakes

One little snowflake with nothing to do.

Along came another and
Then there were two.

Two little snowflakes laughing with me.
Along came another, and
Then there were three.

Three little snowflakes looking for some more.
Along came another, and
Then there were four.

Four little snowflakes dancing a jive.
Along came another, and
Then there were five.

Five little snowflakes having so much fun.
Out came the sun, and
Then there were none!

*This last poem may be done in sections by the season
- as example:

by Linda A. Copp

Three Little Kittens
Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Three little kittens, they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry:
"O mother dear,
We fear, we fear,
That we have lost our mittens."

What? Lost your mittens!
You naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
"Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow."
No, you shall have not pie.

Three little kittens, they found their mittens,
And they began to cry:
"O mother dear,
See here, see here!
See! we have found our mittens."
Put on your mittens
You silly kittens,
And you may have some pie.
"Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r,"
O let us have the pie.

The three little kittens put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie;
"O mother dear,
We greatly fear,
Our mittens we have soiled."

What? Soiled your mittens!
You naughty kittens!
Then they began to sigh,
"Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow."

The three little kittens, they washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
"O mother dear,
Do you not hear,
That we have washed our mittens?"

What? Washed your mittens!
Oh, you're good kittens.
But I smell a mouse close by;
Hush! hush! "Mee-ow, mee-ow.
We smell a mouse close by,

"Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow."

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