The story of a girl who believes in the magic of Christmas, and what happens when she wakes to a snowy Christmas morning…
Watch this video with your children and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Explore our huge bank of ideas related to Raymond Briggs’ wonderful book The Snowman.
- Stop the video at 0:17 and discuss the dedications at the beginning of the book. Why are there two? How are they linked?
- Stop the video at 0:24 – write a thought bubble for the girl as she sees the snow. What might she be thinking? How might she be feeling?
- Stop the video at 1:11. Why doesn’t the girl want to play with the dog?
- Discuss the line“Maybe, just maybe” – what does it mean?
- Write the story from Dad’s point of view.
- Write some dialogue between the characters.
- Make a storyboard of the story.
- Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for cold, e’g’ nippy, freezing.
- Write a character description for the girl.
- Draw a map showing the girl’s emotions throughout the story. How do they change?
- What happens next? Write the next part of the story.
- Write the girl’s diary entry for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Watch the section from 0:55 to 1:09 and observe how the shadows change. Make your own snowman (perhaps out of a large piece of cardboard if you are not lucky enough to have snow!) and observe how the shadows change during the day.
- If you do have snow, try this melting snowman experiment.
- Use an animation program to make an animation of a flying snowman.
- Use our templates to build a snowman.
- Design a jacket to keep the girl warm.
- Learn and sing “Walking in the air”.
- Listen to some different versions of “Walking in the air”. Which do you prefer? Why?
- 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the publication of the book. How were things different in 1978? Research on the internet and ask friends and family. How would a 1978 Christmas be different from one today?
- Make up a dance to “Walking in the air”.
- The book dedications say “Always believe in Christmas Magic.” What is belief? What do you believe in?
- Find out the words you need to describe snow and cold weather in the language you are learning.
- What qualities does the girl show in the story? Why are those qualities important? When have you been determined, for example?