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

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