Twirly Whirly Snow Dance

Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with my students in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the January book. Enjoy!


In January, in NYC, we have only had a few days of snow and it wasn’t anything that lasted for more than a day. Usually my lessons are packed full of snowy day dances and ice sculptures, but with no snow it’s hard to get into it. I decided to dance about it anyway and this book was really fun to include in my snow lessons! Here’s what we did:

The words in the book Mouse’s First Snow were so wonderful! They really aided my littles in new movement qualities!

First I read the story aloud and we picked all of the movement words. After that we explored them. Here are a few that were particularly fun!


Twirly Whirly
My students love to ice skate. Even if they don’t do it in real life, they just love to pretend to do it. In the story, one mouse skates something on the ice and then the other mouse did the same thing. After we explored ice skating for a bit, I would pick out a students’ skating that looked particularly interesting. Then we would all try that skating movement. Follow the leader was a fun concept to include.

Fact: I have never been ice skating in real life! Have you? This book made me want to try it!

Zzzzipity Zzzip
Fast and sharp movements from open to close. Zip your arms from down to up, or your legs from open to close. The noise works wonders!

Push and Pile
This was my favorite one! Push the snow, push it to roll it into a ball. Push it with different body parts like elbows, shoulders, heads, feet. When I said let’s try pushing the snow with our feet, one little said “that’s like kicking the snow, and that’s fun!” I think I gave them the freedom to play in the snow, since there isn’t really any outside.

Would be fun to actually do a snow dance in the snow!

Then pile the snow. The pile got higher and higher. Then we practiced piling our own body parts. We stacked our feet and piled our arms on top. Then we piled our hands on top of each other. Super fun! This I would do over and over, even without the book!

I used this book with my 3’s and 4’s. I thought the words were perfect for this age group, but I also thought that the pictures told even more of the story. Showing building and moving snow is hard to do!

I would love to hear more about this book from Kerry. You can find her write up about the book here.

Have you ever used a snow book with your littles? Have you ever done a snow dance? I would love to hear!

p.s. this is not the first time we danced about mouse discovering seasons for the first time. 


  1. Hi, Maria. I love what you did with the book!! We actually got some snow last night over here. Did you? Glad the kids enjoyed the snow book even without the snow, though!

    1. Author

      Thanks Kerry! We have had a little bit of snow, but nothing enough to stick and stay around a while. I bet we will get it before spring though, I have no doubt!

  2. Hi! I’ve been doing winter-themed dancing using winter poetry about skating and snow from “Swing around the Sun” by Cheng-Khee Chee, Janice Lee Porter, Mary GrandPre and Stephen Gammell. I used ice skating to introduce the kids to pathways. Each chose a shape (zig-zag, triangle, circle, etc.) and “skated” in that shape. I also taught shapes and movement qualities using the image of snowflakes in a freeze dance. The students froze in the shape of a snowflake when the music stopped. Then, I suggested a snow movement (e.g., falling, gliding, shimmering, sparkling, being shoveled, being stomped on) which the kids did when the music resumed. Then, I combined the two dances – pathways and snowflake freeze. Such fun. I used Vivaldi’s Winter for the music. It might not be the ideal music for the activity, but I was excited to introduce them to Vivaldi and use winter-themed music.

    1. Author

      Hi Jenni, Thank you for sharing the music and snowflake dances you have been doing with your students. I love the words you have been using, shimmering and shoveled are awesome words! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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