A Snow and Ice theme is a great idea for the cold winter
months. Even if you don't live where the weather is cold, kids may be
interested to find out what happens in colder climates.
Language & Literacy
Songs, Poems, &
Little Snowflakes falling outside my door,
landed on the window now there are four.
little snowflakes the prettiest I've ever seen,
caught one on my tongue and now there are three.
little snowflakes just a lovely few,
blew away and now there are two.
little snowflakes melting in the sun,
evaporates, which leaves only one.
lonely snowflake a sparkly little hero,
a snow drift and now there are zero.
this fingerplay on chart paper, invite a child to point to the lines as
you say them with your group.
Time: Bring in
some snow related items to show the kids during circle time. For example,
snow globes, photographs of snowflakes from the internet or nature
magazines or books, real snow from outdoors, or paper snowflakes. Ask the children to help you
describe snow using all of their senses.
the descriptive words the children use to describe snow on to chart
paper and display in the room during the entire unit for use with other
activities and journal writing.
: Read a couple of snow poems poems
to the children.
Ask them to act them out with you. Ask the children: "What would it
feel like to be a snowflake." Tell them: Move your body like you are
a snowflake falling to the ground.
reading the story The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, ask
the children to draw a picture of what they might do on a snowy day and
have them dictate a story to you about their picture.
Math & Number Concepts
snowflakes around the room and challenge the children to see how many they
can find and count. If you are working to count to ten hang ten around the
: Read the book Millions of Snowflakes as
an introduction to this counting activity.
Match: Create a snowflake matching
game using snowflake stickers, clip art , or use our copy. Program or
print the cards for however high you want the game to go. We have
provided a game that goes to 10. Cut and laminate the number cards and
snowflake cards separately. Have the children use the cards for a memory
game or just let them take turns picking a number card and finding the
correct snowflake card. *Make the cards even more attractive by backing
them with colorful snowflake scrapbook paper.
Snowman Match: I made a snowman number matching game using some
cute snowman cards I found in the dollar section at Target! The kids count
the correct number of cards and place them in each box which is labeled
with a snowball with a number inside it.
Dark colored construction paper, glue in glue bottles, silver or white
Ask the children to create a snowflake on the construction paper using
the glue. Have pictures of snowflakes for them to look at. Remind them
that snowflakes have six points and challenge them to create a six pointed
snowflake. After they finish let them sprinkle glitter all over their
snowflake and dump the excess off into another container to be used again.
my picture you can see I added stars confetti to this one (I was out of snowflakes),
the glitter is hard to see in a photograph.
Clear plastic container (Peanut butter jars, water bottles, etc, work
great. Plastic peanut butter jars are great because you can hot glue a toy
to the lid!) Glitter, snowflake confetti (if you can find it- try a party
supple store or Oriental Trader) water, hot glue (adults only).
Have the children choose what they wont in their snow globe. Let them
dump in the glitter and confetti. * Small funnels can be helpful! Fill
them with water and have an adult hot glue the cap on for the child. *If
using a larger jar like a plastic peanut butter jar*, you can also glue small toys to the lid before gluing the
(*Think about food
allergies! Don't use with children who are allergic to peanut butter)
White Splatter Painting:
Large cardboard box to paint in, white paint, old tooth brushes.
Have the children draw or even cut a picture from a magazine of something
them like to do in the snow. Have them glue the pictures to a piece of
dark construction paper- blue or black work well. Then have them lay
the picture in the bottom of a card board box and splatter paint it with
white paint so it looks like it is in a snow storm. *Hint- mix a little
water into the paint if it does not splatter well and is too think.
splatter paint the children must run their thumb or a finger along the
bristles of the tooth brush aiming it at the picture in the box. ***Be
careful this is messy! Have the children wear paint-shirts!!!!
A variety of sponge snowflakes, a variety of light color paints like
white, light blue, blue, and maybe silver. A very fine glitter. Blue or
black construction paper.
Set out the paints and sponges for the children to create their own snowfall
picture. Encourage them to over lap their snowflakes and to sprinkle
glitter on them if they want to add some shimmer!
Snowflake Coffee Filters:
coffee filters, pipettes, and water that has been colored with food
coloring, a plastic or metal tray to catch excess water, scissors.
Have the children use the pipettes to squirt different colors of water
onto the coffee filters. Once they are dry show them how they can fold it
and cut it into a snowflake shape for colorful snowflakes!
Have the kids cut paper snowflakes to decorate the room with.
(a great sensory table activity too.)
Dress For Snow:
children with coats, boots, snow pants, and mittens to practice dressing
for winter weather. Put a sled in the Library area for children to sit in
when they look at books.
Music & Movement
the children move like snowflakes to some classical music, like the
Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. Give them long blue or white streamers to swirl
around with them as they dance.
Observations: Provide snowflake books with photographs of real snowflakes in the
science center so the children can get a close up look at real
snowflakes. If possible go outside and catch real snowflakes on a
piece of black paper or felt and examine them with magnifying
Snowflake: Fill the
sensory table with coffee filters and scissors. Let the kids cut as many
snowflakes as they want.
Fill the discovery
table with real snow and provide mittens for the kids to use when they
play in the snow. Talk about the attributes of the snow. Cold, white,
fluffy, wet, etc.
If you don't have real snow
where you live you can get "Instant Snow in a Jar" check it out,
it is pretty cool!
Make a list of all the words on chart paper or in discovery journals of
the different attributes the children can name about snow.
Blocks & Building
Build an Igloo: Cover your bigger cardboard blocks with white
freezer paper. Invite the children to build a snow fort or igloo with them
in the block area. Add interest by including "Polar" animals to
the block and building area.
*You can actually build a
class igloo using empty milk jugs! We did this one year and it turned out
great! The trick is you must keep the lids on the milk jugs for support.
Puzzles, Games &
Give kids a handful
of stick pretzels and let them arrange them on a paper plate to create
their won one of a kind snowflake.
each child a graham cracker square and let him/her cover it will a spread
of your choice like PNB* or cream cheese. Then have them sprinkle a little
shaved cocoa nut* on the top.
*Be allergy alert
"There is Snow-Body
Like You!"- Take a picture of each child and place it in the
center of a paper snowflake that the child made or helped to make. Hang
them all on the bulletin board with blue or black background and a
snowflake trim with the title "There is Snow-Body Like You!"
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