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Monday, January 23, 2012

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening -Robert Frost

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
A beautiful poem written by, Robert Frost

This poem has been made into a children's book and has been stunningly illustrated by Susan Jeffers.

After reading the poem with the children and talking in depth about the pictures and what we noticed the children decided they would like to make their own black and white snow pictures too.
 I put out two different types of "snow" paint.

One was plain white paint, which I explained to them was their light fluffy snow the kind where you can see the intricate details of a snowflake.
The other was a mixture of equal parts water, flour and salt with a little bit of glue and white paint. Without the white paint added it looked a little more like oatmeal than snow. I explained that this was the heavy duty snow good for making snowballs or snowmen. 

Their paintings were fantastic and all so different which I love! I hate when children's art all looks the same! To me when the art looks unique to each child it is a sign that there was alot of self expression and creativity going on in the activity. 

This art activity really opened up some great dialogue about how various shades and textures are made. 


  1. I love this poem and your art activity. I love how the different textures create such unique looks!

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower! I would love for you to visit me if you get the chance!

    Heather's Heart

  2. Thanks Heather! I am now a follower of your blog as well and I especially love the safe keeper box and other conscious discipline posts. I am definetly going to be implementing something based on that idea in my classroom! Thank you for sharing your ideas! : )