One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth is the wonderful, wintry tale of a bitterly cold night when the snow starts to fall.
Percy the Park Keeper is snug in his wooden hut in the middle of the park but he gets out an extra blanket out just in case, makes himself a hot cup of cocoa and then gets ready for bed. Instead of a cosy night’s sleep, Percy’s rest is constantly interrupted by the animals from the park seeking refuge in the warmth of Percy’s hut.
A scratching and scraping under the floorboards causes even more commotion, until everyone finally finds their own special place to get some rest. We love spending time on the penultimate page looking for each of the animals in their hiding places.
Percy the Park Keeper is a friendly, cheerful character and at the beginning of One Snowy Night we are told that he shares his lunch with the animals who live in the park. Then, when the snow falls, he even shares his home with them. He is kind and caring. We used the story as a basis to talk about sharing, what that means and how sharing makes us feel.
Here are some ideas or questions that you might want to use to start a discussion in your family. You know your family and which questions they are ready to tackle now and which can be left for another day:
- What does it mean to share?
- Who do we share our home with?
- Who do we share our toys/belongings with?
- Is it easy to share?
- When do you find sharing hard?
- How do you feel when someone shares their toys/belongings with you?
- When you share your toys/belongings with someone do you think it makes them happy?
- Can you think of anything that makes it easier to share?
- What would the world be like if no-one wanted to share anything?
Snow crafts and activities for kids
After we read One Snowy Night we made our own woodland animals so that we could ‘act out’ the tale with the characters and allow for lots of opportunities to re-tell the story. We also made hot chocolate and painted ‘snow’ with white paint on black paper using cotton buds or q-tips.
Have a look at the Pinterest board full of snow crafts and activities for kids…
Or take a look at these activities to accompany reading the book:
- Read and Create Cardboard Tube Percy the Park Keeper and Woodland Animals
- One Perfect Day story basket
- The Imagination Tree snow and ice play ideas
- Domestic Goddesque snow discovery table
- Red Ted Art snowglobes
- Science Sparks pretend snow
- Here Come the Girls indoor snow
What have you been reading this week?