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Monthly meeting of the Swanton Historical Society Board of Directors. Meetings are held at the Railroad Depot Museum during summer months, and at the Swanton Public Library during the winter. Members welcome.
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Monthly meeting of the Swanton Historical Society Board of Directors. Meetings are held at the Railroad Depot Museum during summer months, and at the Swanton Public Library during the winter. Members welcome.

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Educational Resources

FOR KIDS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS
Books and Resources for All Ages
Becky Rupp: http://www.rebeccaruppresources.com

All About Vermont!

  Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian’s A Farmer’s Alphabet (David R. Godine, 2012) has a wonderful woodblock print for each Vermont-themed letter of the alphabet from Apple through Lamb, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin, Rocker, and Zinna. J is for Jump (in the hay). For ages 3 and up.
  Cynthia Furlong Reynolds’s M is for Maple Syrup: A Vermont Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2002) pairs (well, pretty lame) verses (“Alphabet and Animal begin with A/Our state animal says neigh-neigh!”) with illustrations and informative sidebars. Each letter stands for a Vermont feature: B is for (covered) Bridge; L for Lake Champlain; R for Red Clover. For ages 6 and up.
  “Nothing’s more important on this farm than hay,” Nora’s grandfather says. In Jessie Haas’s Hurry! (Greenwillow, 2000), set on an old-fashioned Vermont family farm, Nora and her grandparents hustle to load the wagon and bring in the hay before the storm breaks. Other picture-book stories about Nora, her grandparents, and their farm include Mowing (1994), No Foal Yet (1995), and Sugaring (1996). For ages 4-9.
  The year is 1790, the first U.S. Census is underway, and not everybody is pleased about it. In Jacqueline Davis’s clever picture book Tricking the Tallyman (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009), when census-taker Phineas Bump rides into Tunbridge, Vermont, the nervous citizens do their best to fool him into thinking there are far fewer (or many more) of them than there really are. Finally, when they come to understand what the census is all about, they consent to be counted “fair and true.” For ages 5-9. From the Teaching American History Project, Tricking the Tallyman and the First U.S. Census is a lesson plan based on the book, targeted at grade 5.
  The Vermont Folklife Center has a series of books based on the Center’s historical oral storytelling collection for kids ages 6-10. Among these are Mildred Pitts Walker’s Alec’s Primer (2005), the story of a young Virginia slave boy, taught to read by his owner’s granddaughter, who escapes from his Virginia plantation, serves in the Union army, and eventually ends up living free on a farm in Vermont. See the website for a complete list with descriptions.
  A Moose for Jessica by Pat Wakefield and Larry Carrara (Puffin, 1992) is the (true) story of a young bull moose who wandered into a field near Shrewsbury, Vermont, and became attached to a Hereford cow named Jessica. Illustrated with great color photographs. An NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for ages 7-12.
  In Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s Understood Betsy (Avyx, 1996), first published in 1916, Elizabeth Ann, aged nine, is an orphan, living with her over-protective Great-Aunt Harriet and Harriet’s middle-aged daughter, Frances. When Great-Aunt Harriet becomes ill, Elizabeth Ann is sent to live with another set of relatives, the Putneys, on their “horrible” farm in Vermont. There, now called Betsy, she discovers a competence and independence that she’d never known before. Fans of Anne of Green Gables will love it. A classic for ages 8-11.
  In Marguerite Henry’s Newbery Honor book Justin Morgan Had a Horse (Aladdin, 2006), set in the late 18th century, Justin Morgan, in payment for a debt, gets a small, scrawny colt, Little Bub. He enlists the help of young horse-lover Joel Goss to train his colt – and soon Joel discovers that Little Bub is truly special, stronger and faster than any horse around. Eventually Little Bub becomes the sire of Vermont’s famous Morgan horse line. For ages 8-12. For more information, check out the National Museum of the Morgan Horse.
  Eleanor H. Porter’s 1913 classic Pollyanna (Empire Books, 2012) is the story of the perennially cheerful 11-year-old orphan sent to Vermont to live with her strict and unsympathetic Aunt Polly. Her upbeat disposition wins the hearts of all around her, including, eventually, Aunt Polly. For ages 9-12.
  Robert Newton Peck’s Soup (Yearling, 1998) is the story of Peck’s rural Vermont childhood in the 1920s with his best friend, Soup, whose creative ideas for adventures often go dreadfully wrong. Included is a great cast of characters, including their sworn enemy, the female class bully, Janice Riker. There are many sequels, all great, among them Soup & Me, Soup for President, Soup’s Drum, and Soup on Wheels. For ages 9-12.
  Lenore Blegvad’s Kitty and Mr Kipling (Margaret K. McElderry, 2005), set in the 1890s, is a fictionalized story of writer Rudyard Kipling’s stay in Vermont, as told by Kitty, a young neighbor. Kitty is fascinated by Mr. Kipling and his stories from The Jungle Book, but the townspeople have problems with the new residents. For ages 9-12.
  Gail Gauthier’s The Hero of Ticonderoga (Puffins, 2002), set in small-town Vermont in the 1960s, is the story of sixth-grader Tessy LeClerc, who has been given the best class history assignment – an oral report on Ethan Allen – a project that was expected to go to the entitled class star, Peggy. Tessy ends up giving her report over and over again, trying to get it right – and discovering in the process both her own talents and many surprising parallels between herself and the feisty hero of Ticonderoga. For ages 10-12.
  In Katherine Paterson’s Preacher’s Boy (HarperCollins, 2001), the year is 1899 and in Robbie’s rural Vermont community, many think that the turn of the century may mean the end of the world. This is a complex coming-of-age story, as Robbie struggles with questions of belief, social change, morality, and growing up. For ages 10-12.
  In Katherine Paterson’s Jip, His Story (Puffin, 2005), set in Vermont in the 1850s, the title character is a 12-year-old orphan, living and working at the local poor farm, where he befriends a fellow resident, Putnam Nelson, a supposed lunatic. Jip’s story coincides with the pre-Civil-War conflict between abolitionists and slave owners; when he eventually discovers that his mother was a slave, he and Put escape, fleeing to Canada via the Underground Railroad. For ages 10-14.
  In Karen Hesse’s Witness (Scholastic, 2003), set in 1924 in a small Vermont town, the Ku Klux Klan has moved in, a frightening event for many, among them 12-year-old Leonora, who is black, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. The book is beautifully written in multiple voices, in free verse. For ages 12 and up.
  Set in the 1920s in rural Vermont, Robert Newton Peck’s A Day No Pigs Would Die (Laurel Leaf, 1994) is a powerful coming-of-age novel featuring 13-year-old Robert, his father, a pig butcher, and Robert’s pet pig, Pinky. For ages 12 and up.

What says Vermont like…SNOW?

SNOW STORIES

  Ezra Jack Keats’s 1963 Caldecott-Medal-winning The Snowy Day (Viking Juvenile, 2011) is a beloved classic about a child’s delight in new snow: a little boy in a coat with a pointy hood makes the first tracks in fallen snow, knocks snow off the tree branches, and makes a snow angel. For ages 2-7.
  In Wong Herbert Lee’s Tracks in the Snow (Square Fish, 2007), a little girl follows a mysterious line of tracks in the snow (“Just outside my window/There are tracks in the snow/Who made the tracks? Where do they go?”) – finally realizing, as the tracks lead her right back home again, that she made them herself yesterday. For ages 2-7.
  In Uri Shulevitz’s beautiful picture book Snow (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2012), nobody believes it’s snowing – certainly not all the skeptical and grumpy grown-ups – but a little boy and his dog spot one flake, then two, and soon the entire city has been transformed into a wonderful snowscape. For ages 3-6.
  In Sybelle von Olfers’s The Story of the Snow Children (Floris Books, 2005), Poppy runs out in the snow to play with the dozens of little white-bonneted snow children, and ends up traveling – via sledge pulled by polar bears – to the Snow Queen’s crystal palace, just in time for the little Snow Princess’s birthday party. Lovely period illustrations feature snowdrop-bordered pages and Poppy in a red coat with muff and gaiters. For ages 3-7.
  In Lauren Child’s Snow is My Favorite and My Best (Dial, 2006) – starring Charlie and his irrepressible little sister Lola – the first snow of winter has finally fallen and Lola is thrilled. She and her brother share a wonderful winter day of sledding and snowman-building – until the snow melts. Lola is crushed, but Charlie saves the day, explaining that – while snow is wonderful – there would be disadvantages to having it every day. For ages 4-7.
  Cynthia Rylant’s Snow (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2008), with enchanting illustrations by Lauren Stringer, is a lyrical celebration of snow – some “comes softly in the night, like a shy friend afraid to knock” – complete with snow angels, sledding, lacy tree branches, and a night walk. For ages 4-8.
  Alvin Tresselt’s White Snow, Bright Snow (HarperCollins, 1988) – originally published in 1947 – is a delightful account of snow on the way. (A farmer claims snow is coming because it smells like snow; a policeman’s wife knows because her big toe hurts.) Then the snow arrives – grown-ups shovel, kids build snowmen – and finally “without a sound, just when everybody was asleep, the snow stopped, and bright stars filled the night.” For ages 4-8.
  Jan Brett’s The Three Snow Bears (Putnam Juvenile Books, 2007) is a Goldilocks tale set in the snowy far north, where Aloo-ki, a little Inuit girl, loses her sled and sled dogs (they float away on an ice floe) and, while searching for them, happens upon an empty igloo. Inside, she samples soup, tries on boots, and finally falls asleep in the littlest bed. Then the bears – who have in the meantime rescued her dogs – come home. For ages 4-8.
  In Huy Voun Lee’s picture book In the Snow (Henry Holt and Company, 2000), kids learn ten Chinese characters and a mother and child take a snowy walk. For ages 4-9.
  In Loretta Krupinkski’s The Snow Dog’s Journey (Dutton Juvenile, 2010), Anna and Olen make a dog out of snow. Then one day the dog is gone; he’s been taken by the Frost King to live in palace made of icicles, where he’ll be safe from the sun and thaw. Snow Dog, however, is miserable without the children and he sets off to return home – and is finally rewarded, Velveteen-Rabbit-style, by becoming a real dog. For ages 5-8.
  Berla Hader’s The Big Snow (Aladdin, 1993) won the Caldecott Medal in 1949. The woodland animals all prepare for winter – the geese head south, the ground hog goes to sleep – but still an unexpected big snow causes trouble for many. Luckily a kindly human couple are ready with help. For ages 5-9.
  In Carol Fenner’s Snowed In with Grandmother Silk (Puffin, 2005), young Ruddy has to deal with a lot of snow. Sent to stay with his aloof grandmother while his parents go on a cruise, Ruddy is miserable until a snowstorm strikes, cutting off the power, closing the roads, and leaving him and his grandmother to fend for themselves. They cope by fetching water from the lake, inventing makeshift meals, burning fires to keep warm, playing chess together in the long dark evenings – and all the while learning to enjoy and love each other. For ages 7-9.
  Marie McSwigan’s Snow Treasure (Puffin, 2006) is the exciting story of young Peter Lindstrom and friends who, in Nazi-occupied Norway, managed to smuggle nine million dollars’-worth of gold out of the country to safety by hiding it on their sleds. For ages 7-11. For a summary, discussion questions, and activities based on Snow Treasure, targeted at grades 3-5, see Snow Treasure at the Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust website.

SUPER SNOWPLOWS

  The Katy of Virginia Lee Burton’s Katy and the Big Snow (Sandpiper, 1974) is an indomitable little snowplow, busily saving the stranded citizens of Geopolis, whose streets have been buried by a blizzard. (This one is also nice for reinforcing early map skills, since the illustrations include wonderful little picture maps of the town, showing Katy’s route through the streets.) For ages 4-8. Katy and the Big Snow at Family Literacy Lesson Plans has projects and activities to accompany the book, among them making a town map, a book about your town, and a Katy-based board game.
  Build a snowplow! Engineering by Design is a 150-page collection of Lego-based lessons and projects for early elementary students, among them building a snowplow. Included are illustrations, instructions, student worksheets, and reading suggestions.
  In Snowstorm!, a cooperative board game from Family Pastimes, a winter storm is moving in on Little City but, despite the awful weather, everyone has places to go and errands to run. Players must collaborate to get people where they need to go and return them safely home again, while coping with snow and ice. For up to 12 players, ages 5-8. Available from toy and game stores; and from http://www.amazon.com.
  From the Hooda Math website, Snowstorm is an interactive online game in which players direct a snowplow to remove snow from a parking lot. It’s trickier than it sounds.

SNOW LEGENDS AND FAIRY TALES

  Harriet Ziefert’s The Snow Child (Puffin, 2000) is a retelling of a traditional Russian folktale about a childless couple who want a child so much that they fashion one out of snow. The little snow girl comes to life and all is happy until the spring comes and the snow child has to go away – but she returns once more in winter when the snow begins to fall. For ages 4-7.
  Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire’s marvelously illustrated D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths (New York Review of Books, 2005) is an absorbing collection of largely snowy myths, including tales of the Frost Giants and the story of Skade, the Ski-Goddess. For ages 8-12.
  There are many available editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” in which in which young Kay – with a fragment of the devil’s mirror in his eye – is taken away by the cruel but beautiful Snow Queen to a land of snow and ice, and his faithful friend Gerda takes a perilous journey to rescue him. One wonderful picture-book retelling of the tale is Amy Ehrlich’s The Snow Queen (Dutton Juvenile, 2006), with illustrations by Susan Jeffers.
  From Sur la Lune Fairytales, The Annotated Snow Queen has an annotated version of the classic tale, a gallery of illustrations, a list of alternative interpretations, and more.
  See Hans Christian Andersen for an online text of “The Snow Queen” along with a a biography of Andersen, an exhibit of Andersen images on stamps, and more.
  Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs (Walden Pond Press, 2011) is a creative take on Andersen’s Snow Queen set in Minnesota, where Hazel’s friend Jack is stolen by an evil woman in a sleigh, and Hazel braves the woods, now populated by Andersen fairy-tale characters, to get him back. For ages 8-12.

SNOWMEN

   
  In Raymond Briggs’s wordless picture book The Snowman (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1978), a little boy builds a snowman who that evening comes to life, first exploring the unfamiliar indoors (the stove makes him nervous), then taking the boy on a wonderful tour of the winter world, flying through the snowy night sky. For ages 2 and up.
  In Alice Schertle’s That’s All You Need for a Snowman (Sandpiper, 2007), a group of children, pudgy in bright padded jackets, build an enormous snowman. The story adds feature after feature, to the refrain of “That’s all you need for a snowman” – one fluttering snowflake, then billions of snowflakes, balls of snow, bottle caps, walnuts, a carrot, a scarf, a hat, a broom. For ages 2-6.
  In Lisa Moser’s Perfect Soup (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2010), Murray, a perfectionist mouse, needs a carrot for his pot of Perfect Soup. Getting one, however, proves difficult, and devolves into a long chain of favors, as Murray dashes from Farmer (who wants logs hauled) to Horse (who wants jingle bells) to Shopkeeper and on. Finally, Snowman offers help while asking nothing in return – and Murray donates his hard-won carrot to make Snowman a nose. For ages 3-8.
  In Caralyn Buehner’s rhyming picture book Snowmen at Night (Dial, 2002), a little boy imagines what snowmen do at night: they slide off to the park for snowball fights, skating, snow-angel-making, and sled races. No wonder they look a little disheveled in the morning. For ages 3-8.
  In Steven Kroll’s The Biggest Snowman Ever (Cartwheel Books, 2005), mouse pals Clayton and Desmond – stars of The Biggest Pumpkin Ever – are back and preparing to compete in the town snowman contest. (Again the winning secret is cooperation.) For ages 4-8.
 

Tony Parillo’s picture book Michelangelo’s Surprise (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998) is based on an actual historical incident: in 1494, after a rare snowfall in Florence, Michelangelo was summoned to the Medici palace to create a sculpture out of snow. For ages 4-8. Unfortunately no one now knows what Michelangelo’s snow sculpture looked like. Read a brief account about it at The Greatest Snowman Ever?

  Bob Eckstein’s The History of the Snowman (Gallery Books, 2007) is a catchy and informational account, filled with unusual facts and wonderful period illustrations and photographs. There’s even a gallery of the best in snowman cartoons. For teenagers and adults.

SNOW POEMS

  Barbara Seuling’s Winter Lullaby (Sandpiper, 2002) explains in a mix of free verse and rhyme what bees, birds, bats, fish, and people do to keep warm in winter (though the cover, which shows red-leaved trees and a field full of pumpkins, looks like fall). For ages 3-7.
  Jane Yolen’s photo-illustrated Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Children (Wordsong, 2005) is a collection of Yolen’s own winter poems (among them a tribute to a snowmobile). For ages 9-12.
  Jack Prelutsky’s It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing! (HarperCollins, 2006) is an illustrated collection of sixteen snowy poems, among them “Winter Signs,” “My Sister Would Never Throw Snowballs at Butterflies,” and “The Snowman’s Lament.” For ages 4-9.
  Douglas Florian’s Winter Eyes (Greenwillow, 1999) is an illustrated collection of 28 short clever rhyming poems (including “What I Love About Winter” – “Snowball fights/Fireplace nights” – and “What I Hate About Winter” – “Frozen toes/Running nose”). For ages 6-10.
  Steven Schnur’s Winter: An Alphabet Acrostic (Clarion Books, 2002) is a playful collection of 26 acrostic poems arranged alphabetically – they’re fun to read and almost certain to inspire young writers to try versions of their own. For ages 6-10.
  David A. Johnson’s beautifully illustrated Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) is written entirely in onomatopoeia, from the first scenes of a little boy asleep in bed with his cat {“snore” and “purr”) to the sound of falling snowflakes (“peth peth peth”) to the noisy arrival of the snowplow (“crash crush clank”). For ages 4-7, all of whom will love learning the word “onomatopoeia.”
  Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Dutton Juvenile, 2001), exquisitely illustrated by Susan Jeffers, is a beautiful picture-book version of the classic poem. For all ages.

SNOW SCIENCE

  Nancy Van Laan’s When Winter Comes (Atheneum, 2000) is a wonderful introduction to the coming season for very young readers. A rhyming text explains what happens to leaves, caterpillars, birds, mice, deer, and fish as winter approaches (“Where, oh where, do the leaves all go/When winter comes and the cold winds blow?”), and ends up with a questioning child, red-cheeked from a walk in the snow, being tucked into a cozy bed. For ages 2-7.
  Henrietta Bancroft’s Animals in Winter (HarperCollins, 1996) in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series explains how animals cope with snow and cold: some migrate; some hibernate; some store stocks of food. Included are simple suggestions for helping animals in winter. For ages 3-6.
  Franklyn Branley’s Snow is Falling (HarperCollins, 2000) in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series, is a simple explanation of snow: what it is, where it comes from, and how it can be both good (keeps some things warm) and bad (avalanches). Included are a couple of simple experiments. For ages 4-7.
  In Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow (Chronicle Books, 2011), a little girl and her father ski through the woods, exploring the mysterious hidden world of animals beneath the snow. An appendix provides extra information about the animals mentioned in the book. For ages 3-7.
  Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s Snowflake Bentley (Sandpiper, 2009), illustrated with wonderful woodcut prints by Mary Azarian, is the story of Wilson Bentley of Jericho, Vermont, a pioneer in the study of snowflakes, famed for his beautiful photographs of snow crystals taken through a microscope. For ages 4-9.
  W. A. Bentley’s Snowflakes in Photographs (Dover Publications, 2000) is an 80-page collection of (many of) Bentley’s original photos. For more information on Snowflake Bentley and his work, see the Official Snowflake Bentley website maintained by the Jericho Historical Society.
  Neil Waldman’s The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story (Millbrook Press, 2003), the gorgeously illustrated story of the travels of a single drop of water month by month throughout the year, beginning in chilly January with a snowflake. The next time you throw a snowball, stop and think, the author urges: that water may have tumbled over Niagara Falls, been trapped in a glacier at the North Pole, or guzzled by a thirsty dinosaur. For ages 5-9.
  Mark Cassino’s The Story of Snow (Chronicle Books, 2009) is a nicely done explanation of the science of snowflakes, illustrated with diagrams and photographs. Included are instructions for catching and studying your own snow crystals. For ages 5-10.
  Ken Libbrecht’s The Snowflake (Voyageur Press, 2003) is a terrific overview of the science and history of snowflakes, illustrated with gorgeous color photographs. Included are a “Field Guide to Snowflakes” and a discussion of identical snowflakes (Are there really no two alike?). For ages 12 and up.
  Weather Wiz Kids has illustrated information on winter storms, an interactive game of Snowflake Catcher, assorted snow experiments, a wind chill calculator, and more.
  From Discover magazine, 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Snow is a fascinating (and surprising) list. Learn about watermelon snow, the world’s biggest snowflake, and how snow can (literally) drive you nuts.
  From Cal Tech, Snow Crystals may be the best snow science site on the web. Included are a history of snow crystal studies, information on physics of snowflake formation, a guide to snowflake classification, snowflake activities for all ages, galleries of snowflake photos, and more.
  The video Make It Snow: Incredible Science demonstrates how to make an amazing batch of snow at home using simple ingredients, a brown paper bag, and a microwave.
  From Learning Haven, Crystal Snowflake has instructions for growing borax-crystal snowflakes.
  Snow Globe Lab is a cool-looking chemistry project in which kids make their own snow globes. You’ll need baby food jars and an assortment of readily available ingredients such as mineral oil, Epsom salt, and talcum powder.

SNOW PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

  Lois Ehlert’s collage-illustrated picture book Snowballs (Harcourt Brace, 1995) is packed with creative ideas for making and decorating snow animals and people – and includes a recipe for popcorn-ball snowmen for those who lack enough real live snow. For ages 4-8.
  Maxine Anderson’s Explore Winter! 25 Great Ways to Learn About Winter (Nomad Press, 2007) covers why we have winter in the first place, various ways of coping with it when it arrives (from hibernation to migration to camouflage), and all the scientific specifics of cold weather, snow, and ice, supplemented with a reader-friendly text, a “Words 2 Know” glossary, “Did You Know?” boxes of fascinating facts, and a range of intriguing projects and experiments. Sample projects: kids build a hibernation den and construct a pair of (cardboard) snowshoes, use cut-out animals for a “Sneak Camouflage Peek,” grow crystals, make snowflake models and preserve captured snowflakes, determine the water content of snow, and build a weather-predictive barometer. For ages 6-10.
  From the University of Illinois Extension, the Winter Storm Resource Center has excellent Snow Education resources, including snowfall statistics, snowflake science, and a history of U.S. snowstorms. Click on “Fun in the Snow” for a list of projects and activities, including patterns for snowflake finger puppets.
  Snow Activities has snow experiments, a snow scavenger hunt (in Inuit), a recipe for snow sparkle paint, online snow poems and stories (including Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”), snow recipes (make an Edible Glacier), and – for the really ambitious – instructions for building an igloo.
  Paper snowflakes! Helpful instruction books include Peggy Edwards’s Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes (Dover Publications, 2006) and Cindy Higham’s Snowflakes for All Season (Gibbs Smith, 2004), which last includes snowflake patterns for all seasons of the year. (Make shamrock snowflakes for Saint Patrick’s Day?)
  Enchanted Learning’s Make a Paper Snowflake has illustrated instructions for making paper snowflakes and snowflake greeting cards.
  Steve Spangler’s Homemade Ice Cream has instructions for making ice cream with snow (just like the Emperor Nero once did). (If no snow, crushed ice will do.)
  Make Your Own Snow Paint has a recipe for “snow paint” using white glue and shaving cream; the result is a thick fluffy white paint that looks like snow. Great for snowman pictures.
  Snow Painting and Snow Gems has a recipe for colorful paints used for painting on snow. You’ll need liquid food coloring, water, and plastic spray bottles. And, of course, snow.