Activities and ideas for a Winter Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:
Literacy Winter Themed Preschool Activities
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Use washable tempera paint to paint on a tub full of ice. This is a great process art activity!
- Make some melted snowman art using white paint and snowman pieces: googly eyes, orange paper triangles, buttons, ribbon (scarf) and brown paper sticks.
- Add some hot cocoa mix to brown paint to make a yummy smelling painting.
- Paint with blue and shades of blue watercolor onto heavy paper. Add Epsom Salt to the wet picture to see what happens!
- 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).
math winter themed preschool activities
- Sequence the pictures into an event of how to build a snowman.
- 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?
- Build 3D shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks. Talk about the difference between 3D and 2D shapes.
- 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!