Winter Preschool Activities

preschool winter theme

Activities and ideas for a Winter Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy Winter Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequencing fun winter stories like 'There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow' or 'The Jacket I Wear in the Snow' (links at the end of this post).

  2. Create white paper snowballs by cutting out circles and writing an alphabet letter on each. Scatter the snowballs throughout the room and instruct students to go find a snowball. Talk about the letter/sound on the snowflake as they toss it into a bucket.

  3. Draw a snowman on a large piece of chart paper. Work together to label the snowman's parts. Focus on the first letter sound that you hear in the parts name. Example: /c/ for carrot. Model how to correctly draw a line to the part of the snowman and add the written label.

  4. Create snowman names by writing students letters on white circles with a highlighter. Students glue the circles (snowballs) in order to spell their name. They then trace the letters and add another blank snowball for the head - decorating as they wish.

Art Winter themed preschool activities

  1. Use washable tempera paint to paint on a tub full of ice. This is a great process art activity!

  2. Make some melted snowman art using white paint and snowman pieces: googly eyes, orange paper triangles, buttons, ribbon (scarf) and brown paper sticks.

  3. Add some hot cocoa mix to brown paint to make a yummy smelling painting.

  4. Paint with blue and shades of blue watercolor onto heavy paper. Add Epsom Salt to the wet picture to see what happens!

  5. Create your own white playdough (adding glitter is fun). Then, provide students with snowman pieces: googly eyes, orange pipe cleaners formed into a small triangles (nose), buttons, brown pipe cleaners (sticks) and ribbon pieces (scarf).

preschool winter art
preschool winter art
preschool winter art

math winter themed preschool activities

  1. Sequence the pictures into an event of how to build a snowman.

  2. Get large white pom poms or cotton balls. Students aim and throw at a bucket. Count aloud as 'snowballs' make it into the bucket. How many made it total?

  3. Build 3D shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks. Talk about the difference between 3D and 2D shapes.

  4. All gone game - 2 players. Provide each player with a coffee mug and 10 (or more) marshmallows (or white pom poms). Students place all 10 marshmallows in their mug. Take turns rolling a die and taking out that many marshmallows. First player to have no marshmallows is the winner!

preschool math winter

Winter themed sensory tub

Create a fun wintery sensory bin by adding white rice (uncooked), buffalo snow, fake ice cubes and small toy arctic animals!

winter preschool sensory tub

Our Favorite Winter preschool Books

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

The Jacket I Wear In the Snow by Shirley Neitzel

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! by Lucille Colandro

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

The Biggest Snowman Every by Steven Kroll

Red Sled by Lita Judge


Gingerbread Preschool Activities

gingerbread preschool activities

Activities and ideas for a Gingerbread Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy Gingerbread Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequencing fun gingerbread stories like 'Gingerbread Man' or 'Gingerbread Baby' (links at the end of this post).
  2. Creating a Class Book about out running the gingerbread man.  "Run, run as fast as I can, {student's name} can outrun the gingerbread man!". Students draw a picture of themselves running faster than the gingerbread man.
  3. Go on a Gingerbread Hunt.  Bake a gingerbread man ahead of time and tell students that it is waiting in the oven.  Start a scavenger hunt at the oven, leading through the school, using written clues.
  4. Gingerbread 5 Senses: bring in gingerbread cookies for students to sample.  Use your 5 senses to to describe how the cookies look, smell, sound, feel and taste.
gingerbread preschool activities
gingerbread hunt preschool activity

art gingerbread themed preschool activities

  1. Decorate a cardboard house shape to look like a gingerbread house using puffy paints, sequins, candies and anything else you would like to add.
  2. Make a batch of gingerbread scented playdough and roll and cut gingerbread men with cookie cutters.
  3. Paint with gingerbread scented paint by adding cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves to the paint.
  4. Make cinnamon dough ornaments by mixing applesauce and cinnamon until a dough forms. Roll, cut out shapes and let dry for several days. 
  5. Cut gingerbread men from sandpaper and use cinnamon sticks and rub on sandpaper to add a scent.  Then, add eyes, buttons and other embelishments.
gingerbread art preschool activities

math gingerbread themed preschool activities

  1. Make gumdrop patterns using colored gumdrop candies.
  2. Using a balance scale weigh gingerbread cookies and compare the weights.
  3. Count acorns to practice 1-1 correspondence.
  4. Do some action patterns and pretend to be a gingerbread man getting away.  Run fast, hide, run fast, hide.... or tip toe, jump, tip toe, jump.
  5. Create a salt tray by mixing a cup of salt with 2 tsp each of allspice, ginger and cinnamon. Place in a shallow tray and add a paintbrush.  Encourage students to practice writing numerals in the salt tray - shake gently to erase.
gingerbread preschool activities

Gingerbread themed sensory tub

Create a fun sensory bin ready for little working hands by combining a bag of rice with 1/2tbs each of water, vanilla and cinnamon.  Let dry.  Add scoops, ice cube trays, funnels, measuring cups, gingerbread cookie cutters and other gingerbread accessories. 

gingerbread preschool sensory tub

Our Favorite gingerbread preschool Books

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men by Tiger Tales

Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Man by Mara Alperin

Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst


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Farm Preschool Activities


Activities and ideas for a Farm Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy FARM Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequence fun farm stories like 'Mrs. Wishy Washy Farm' or 'Rosie's Walk' (links at the end of this post).
  2. Hide toy farm animals inside a toy barn. Give the class clues as to what animal is inside by using this format: It starts /beginning sound/ and rhymes with /rhyming word/.  For example: It starts /p/ and rhymes with wig - it's a pig!
  3. Sort animals that live on a farm and animals that live in the zoo.
  4. Read 'Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm', then create an animal wash station.  Fill three buckets with mud, soapy water and clear water. Give students plastic toy farm animals, scrub brushes and towels to dry.
preschool farm theme activities

art farm themed preschool activities

  1. Paint with plastic farm animals.  What 'footprints' are made?
  2. Make tractor track art by rolling a toy tractor in brown paint and paint on a large piece of paper.
  3. Farm collage with animals cut from magazines.
  4. Gather straw or hay in a bundle, put a rubber band around it to make a handle.  Paint with the hay paintbrush onto paper.
farm preschool activities

math farm themed preschool activities

  1. Sort and pattern small toy farm animals.
  2. Count small toy farm animals onto farm numeral mats (photo below)
  3. Create a class graph representing the classes favorite farm animal.
  4. Use a balance scale to see which plastic farm animals are the heaviest.
  5. Play a farm cover up game by creating a gameboard up to 6. Students take turns rolling the die.  Cover the numeral rolled with a farm animal.  See photo below:
farm preschool activities

farm themed sensory tub

Create a fun sensory bin ready for little working hands by combining oats, small farm animals and toy tractors.  Add scoops, ice cube trays, funnels and measuring cups for added fun!

farm theme sensory tub preschool

Our Favorite farm preschool Books

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Farming by Gail Gibbons

National Geographic Kids: Farm Animals
Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae

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Pumpkins and Apples Preschool Activities

apple and pumpkin preschool activities

Activities and ideas for a Pumpkin and Apple Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy pumpkin and apple Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Read the story '10 Apples Up on Top' (link below) and see how many beanbag 'apples' each student can balance on top of their head.
  2. Sequence the life cycles of a pumpkin and apple after reading non-fiction books like: 'Apples for Everyone' and 'Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie'.
  3. Open up a pumpkin and apple.  Talk about what is seen on the insides of both of these fruits.  Compare how they are alike and different.
  4. Provide students with child hammers and golf tees to hammer into the side of a pumpkin.  Add a alphabet component by writing letters on the pumpkin and have children hammer certain letters. 
pumpkin preschool activities

art apple and pumpkin themed preschool activities

  1. Add pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to orange paint to create pumpkin pie scented paint.
  2. Cut apples in half to use as stamps.  Dip the apples in paint and stamp on paper.
  3. Create playdough apples and pumpkins by rolling dough and adding a stem.
  4. Use a dry-erase marker to draw on the outside of a real pumpkin - erase with a baby wipe.
  5. Pull pumpkin seeds out of the pumpkin, clean and let dry.  Paint the pumpkin seeds and glue to paper to make a mosaic.
pumpkin and apple art preschool
pumpkin preschool activities

math pumpkin and apple themed preschool activities

  1. Sort apples (or pom pom balls) by color - red, yellow and green.
  2. Create an Apple Tasting Testing Graph after tasting three colors of apples.
  3. Count acorns to practice 1-1 correspondence.
  4. Make crockpot applesauce and have students help by measuring the ingredients.
  5. Buy a package of pumpkin table scatter with different colors (small plastic pumpkins - found at craft stores) and practice sorting and patterning with the pumpkins.
pumpkin and apple activities preschool

pumpkin science experiment

For this experiment gather: 4 clear cups, water, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, dish soap and candy pumpkins.  Fill the four cups with the four liquids: soapy water, plain water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Talk about each of the liquids and what we use them for. Place several candy pumpkins in each cup.  Talk as a class about what might happen if the candy sits in the cups for a while.  Make predictions and come back and check your predications!

pumpkin science experiment preschool

apple themed sensory tub

Create this apple sensory bin by combining dry oats, dry green lentils and fake apples.  Add scoops, measuring cups, funnels and bowls to enhance play.

apple sensory bin preschool

Our Favorite pumpkin & apple preschool Books

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Suess

Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll

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