First Day Of Winter Activities

When we do get snow, it is so icy and cold, we cannot go outdoors and play in the snow. I have a large water table that I fill with snow and bring into the classroom. We don our mittens and get to play in the snow. I put sand shovels and cookie cutters and pails to play with. Sometimes, I color the snow with food coloring. We build miniature snowmen. We then get a little science in, learning why the snow melts and how fast. This is definitely a fun snow day.

It was winter, and in our dramatic area we had a winter wonderland. We removed the house furniture, except the fridge and stove and sink, and covered them with some white sheets, turned them into snow hills, got some foam pieces from a chair and covered it with a white sheet. and used some cotton batting to make snow. I used our vanity unit as a hot chocolate stand, taped down the mirror part and taped two long kitchen roll tubes to the top and wrote the sign hot chocolate. we put empty hot chocolate packets there and some plastic mugs, you could have an empty marshmallow bag there too, taped up. Then i taped clear plastic garbage bags to the floor, for our ice rink, and brought in some ice skates to use with the safety blades on. some winter clothes, and put the sled close for the children who wanted to slide. I also made ice skate shapes that tied to the children’s ankles, so everyone would get to skate, these I laminated to last. The children and staff had great time.

Books for Snow Themes

Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley

Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals

Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan

Snow Day! by Barbara M. Joosse

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Snow Child Retold by Freya Littledale

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare by Hans de Beer

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Winter Rabbit by Patrick Yee

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel

In the Snow:Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George

The Biggest Snowball Ever! by John Rogan

Snow Day by Betsy Maestro

Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin

Most of these books are available through Scholastic book club or check your local library.

Circle Snowmen Provide the children with 2 or 3 cardboard circles to trace onto white construction paper and then cut out. Then they can glue them on a big sheet of Dark blue or Black construction paper. Use chalk for the snow and markers for a hat and anything else your snowman needs!

Winter Fun

Provide children with all kinds of soft white items. Example: cotton balls, white peanuts (packing pieces) stuffing (that you use to back quilts) tissues. Have it in the Block area where they can pretend they are in a snowstorm with cars. Have them build homes with the blocks and create winter scenes.

Each child is give 2 pieces of 81/2″ x 11″ paper to stand on While listening to waltzing music they are told to move around the room sliding on the paper as if they are skating. You can suggest different types of skating, even skiing, i.e.. hockey, figure skating, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, speed skating etc.

Fill spray bottles with colored water and let the children paint the snow outside for fun and beautiful outdoor winter fun.

The children have been interested in snow lately. I put cotton balls and glitter snow in the sensory table, along with shovels, cups and various other items. They have been in there for three weeks now. The children love it!

I teach 3 and 4 year olds and we just had a blast making our own variation of clean mud in our discovery table. You will need: 6 rolls of cheap toilet paper, 2 bars ivory soap, 1 cup borax, and water. During our center time we took turns tearing the toilet paper into small pieces-the children loved it! Teachers use a cheese grater to grate the soap onto the toilet paper, use water to wet the paper and soap a little. Then a teacher must add the borax…I did this while the children were outside so there would be no little hands in the borax. Then add more water and mush together the ingredients until it is the consistency of mud. Make sure all the borax is thoroughly wet so it will not be toxic. My children have had a blast making “clean mud snowmen”.

For a winter theme: Collect empty clean milk cartons paint them white and use them as blocks. Have children make “igloos” with the milk carton blocks. You can collect half gallon cartons to do this on a larger scale.