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Engaging Winter Activities For Kids

Winter Activities For Kids

We’re diving right into a wonderland of winter activities for kids specially created for your little ones!

 

Winter has arrived with its chilly winds and a blanket of snow, and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering how to keep those little ones entertained and engaged during these frosty months.

 

From snowman building to indoor crafts, we’ll explore exciting ideas that will not only keep your kids busy but also help them embrace the magic of the season.

 

So, grab a warm cup of cocoa, cozy up, and let’s embark on a snowy adventure together!

 

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Art & Creativity

Snowman Shapes

Supplies Needed:

White, brown, orange, and black paper, glue stick

How-to Guide:

Cut out white circles for the body of the snowman, brown rectangles for the stick arms, orange triangles for the carrot nose, black squares for the hat and small black circles for the face. Use a glue stick to assemble your snowman!

 

Snow Paint

Supplies Needed:

Squeeze bottle/spray bottle, cold water, food coloring, snow

How-to Guide:

Fill a squeeze bottle (like an old ketchup bottle) or spray bottle with cold water. Add several drops of food coloring. Use the bottles to paint the snow!

 

Ice Painting

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, food coloring, craft sticks, paper, freezer

How-to Guide:

Fill a muffin tin or ice cube tray with water. Drop some food coloring into each spot. Put a craft stick into each spot and then freeze. Once frozen, have your child use the ice to paint on a piece of paper! 

 

Q-tip Snowflakes

Supplies Needed:

Q-tips, tape/rubber band, white paint, colored paper

How-to Guide:

Gather several Q-tips and bind them together vertically using tape or a rubber band. Let your child dip the cotton swabs into some white paint and then use them to dot on a piece of paper, making it look like snow!

 

Dot Marker Snowflakes

Supplies Needed:

Dot markers, paper, scissors

How-to Guide:

Let your child use dot markers to decorate a piece of paper. After they have finished, fold the paper and carefully cut out your snowflake! 

 

STEM

Snow Storm in a Jar

Supplies Needed:

Clear glass jar, water, white paint, baby oil, glitter, food coloring, Alka-Seltzer tablet

How-to Guide:

Fill a small jar or clear glass ¼ of the way with some water. Mix about a teaspoon of white paint into the water to resemble milk. Fill the rest of the jar with baby oil and let it all settle. You can add glitter and food coloring to the mixture if desired. Break up an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a few pieces and drop them into the jar one at a time. Enjoy your snowstorm! 

 

Making Snow

Supplies Needed:

Baking soda, water, glitter, freezer

How-to Guide:

Mix together 2 cups of baking soda, a ½ cup of water, and some glitter. Put the bowl in the freezer briefly so the “snow” feels cold. Enjoy playing with your snow!

 

Snow Volcano

Supplies Needed:

Plastic bottle/tall cup, dish soap, baking soda, warm water, food coloring, snow, vinegar

How-to Guide:

In a tall cup or plastic bottle, add 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Fill the container halfway with baking soda then mix in ¼ cup of warm water. Add several drops of food coloring. Place the container in the snow and build up a volcano around it with snow. Make sure the snow is packed and comes right up to the opening of the container. Pour vinegar into the top of the volcano to watch it erupt! 

 

Frozen Slime

Supplies Needed:

White glue, water, food coloring, baking soda, saline solution, freezer

How-to Guide:

What kid doesn’t love slime? This is the perfect sensory activity for kids to explore and keep them fully engaged! Follow my recipe here for some homemade fun! Put your slime in the freezer and pull it out before just before it is frozen. Watch the gooey slime start to melt in your hands!

 

Gross Motor

Paper Snowball Fight

Supplies Needed:

Paper

How-to Guide:

Have your child crumple several pieces of paper into “snowballs”. Now you can have a snowball fight inside your house! Try making forts to act as home base! 

*You will want to keep the paper snowballs for future activities

 

Shoveling Snow

Supplies Needed:

Paper snowballs, shovels, lids,

How-to Guide:

Bring out your paper snowballs and scatter them around the floor. Now it is time to shovel the “snow”! You can use shovels, container lids, whatever you would like, to shovel the snow!

 

Snowball Toss

Supplies Needed:

Paper snowballs, baskets

How-to Guide:

Get several containers out and place them around the room. Now toss your paper snowballs into the different containers! 

 

Snow Building

Supplies Needed:

Snow, containers

How-to Guide:

Get all bundled up and go outside in the snow. You can use several different sized bowls, boxes, or containers for this activity! Fill a container and pack snow in it. Pop out the packed snow and see what you can build with your snow building blocks! 

 

Fine Motor

Frozen Toy Rescue

Supplies Needed:

Ice cube tray, water, small toys, freezer

How-to Guide:

Fill an ice cube tray or muffin tin with water, and place small toys into each spot. Place in the freezer until frozen. Pop out the ice and let your child try to get the toy out of the ice! You can place the ice into some water and watch the toy slowly emerge or let your child use kid friendly tools to try and chip the ice away! 

 

Snowball Name

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencil, white circle labels/hole reinforcements

How-to Guide:

Write your child’s name on a piece of paper, filling the page. You can let your child use white circle labels or hole reinforcements to trace out their name!

 

Fizzy Snow

Supplies Needed:

Large container, snow, baking soda, pipette, vinegar

How-to Guide:

Fill a large bowl or container with snow. Sprinkle some baking soda on top of the snow. Let your child use a pipette to drop vinegar onto the snow to watch the fizzy reaction! 

 

Snowball Painting

Supplies Needed:

Clothespin, cotton ball, white paint, colored paper

How-to Guide:

Use a clothespin to pinch a cotton ball. Have your child hold the clothespin and dip the cotton ball into some white paint. Dot the paint across some paper to look like snow!

 

Snowman Build

Supplies Needed:

Marshmallows, toothpicks

How-to Guide:

Have large and miniature marshmallows and toothpicks available for your child. Let them poke and slide the marshmallows onto a toothpick to make their own snowman! 

 

Social-Emotional

Snow Globes

Supplies Needed:

Hard plastic clear ornaments, fake snow, glitter, small toys, beads, hot glue

How-to Guide:

You can make your sensory bottle out of a sturdy plastic bottle, or to get the snow globe effect, hard plastic clear ornaments. Fill your container of choice with fake snow, glitter, small toys, beads, etc. Seal the lid with hot glue. 

 

“Chill Out” Fort

Supplies Needed:

Pillows, blankets, chairs, couch cushions

How-to Guide:

Use pillows, blankets, chairs, couch cushions, or other items to build your fort! This is a great place to have calm, quiet time. Bring books or puzzles to do in the fort! 

 

Snow Dig

Supplies Needed:

Large container, snow, shovels, scoops, toys

How-to Guide:

Get a large tub or container to be your sensory bin. Fill the bin with snow and add small shovels, scoops, measuring cups, small toys, etc for your child to explore with! 

 

Playdough Snow

Supplies Needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, hot water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together to make your own homemade playdough! Now you can roll the playdough into balls to make a snowman, make a playdough igloo, or make a hand playdough angel! 

 

 

From snowball fights to cozy indoor crafts, we’ve explored winter activities for kids that are not only fun but also educational for your little ones.

 

Remember, the key is to embrace the season, get creative, and most importantly, make memories!

 

Stay warm and have a fantastic time with your little snow explorers!

 

Here is the Preschool Winter Lesson Plan if you want to follow along:

Winter Activities For Kids Winter Preschool Lesson Plan

 

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