NEW!(Open interactive planning-Winter) Type your activities on the document and print it. Use the document to organize and present educational activities related to the theme.
NEW! This tool was created in response to a special request that we received. Learning to get dressed for winter weather represents a great challenge for children. This tool will ensure they have everything they need. (Open memory aid-Seasonal clothing) You can complete the document, save it, and print it. Display it where parents are sure to see it.
NEW! Creating a winter-themed hat
Simply glue plastic or Fun Foam snowflakes on a straw hat.
NEW! Hidden snowflakes
Hide plastic or Fun Foam snowflakes throughout your daycare and invite children to search for them. They can set the snowflakes in a basket that you have deposited in the center of the table (or your circle time area). Use the snowflakes to spark a conversation with your group and introduce the theme.
NEW! Thematic poster-Winter
Print various posters related to your theme and use them to decorate your daycare. (Open thematic poster-Winter)
NEW! Interactive menu-Winter
(Open interactive menu-Winter) Type your menu directly on the document, print it and display it where parents are sure to see it.
(Open pennants-Winter) Print and cut out the pennants. Hang them in your daycare or in your daycare entrance.
Stickers for rewards
(Open stickers-Winter) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper and use them to create stickers that can be given to children to reward them for good behavior.
(Open task chart-Winter) Print and laminate the chart. Display it on a wall within your daycare. Use adhesive putty or Velcro to add the tasks that need to be done to your chart. Invite children to add a check mark next to the tasks they complete.
(Open group identification-Seals) Print and laminate the various posters and tools. Use them to identify children's spots and belongings.
(Open educa-theme-Winter) Print and laminate the elements representing your theme. Use them to present your theme to children (and their parents) while decorating your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Winter) Print, laminate, and cut out the items. Use them to decorate the walls of your daycare and set the mood for your theme.
(Open models-Winter) Print the models and invite children to decorate them. Cut them out and hang them within your daycare to form a garland.
In our "Back to school" theme, we suggested installing a tree trunk with branches in your daycare to accompany your various themes throughout the year. If you prefer, you can also paint a tree trunk and branches directly on a wall or large piece of paper. To decorate your tree for this theme, add white cotton balls to represent snow on the branches.
(Open picture game-Winter) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use them to spark a conversation with your group. Ask them questions to see what they know about this season.
Have children cut out pictures and illustrations of winter clothes. Provide clothespins they can use to hang the items on an indoor clothesline. This activity can last all week.
Poni discovers and presents-Winter
(Open Poni discovers and presents-Winter) Print and laminate the cards. Cut them out. Use a Poni puppet or another puppet children are familiar with to present the various winter-themed pictures to your group. Winter thematic bin: white sheets, Styrofoam balls, winter illustrations, thematic books, boots, mittens, scarves, shovels, winter figurines, polar animals, fishing rod, white tissue paper, artificial snow, cotton balls, white paint, white modeling dough, sugar, flour, salt, rice, popcorn, etc.
Sit in a circle in front of a large window and watch snowflakes fall from the sky. Discuss their color and shape. Describe the way they are falling and identify different activities that can be enjoyed after a snowfall.
Wall of seasons
(Open poster-Seasons) Print. Ask parents to provide a few pictures they took outside and use them to create a "Wall of seasons". Divide your wall into four sections and display one of the posters in each section. Invite children to associate each of their pictures to the correct season.
(Open weather wheel) Print, laminate, and display the wheel on a wall. Each day, name a child who will be the meteorologist. This child will be responsible for manipulating the weather wheel. As a group, determine the day's weather and have your meteorologist place your weather wheel's hands accordingly. On a day when it is sunny and rainy, your meteorologist can place one hand on rain and one hand on sun. Otherwise, both hands can be placed on the same illustration.
Gather several objects representing the different seasons and have children identify the correct season for each one. Ask them to identify characteristics of each season: weather, outdoor activities, means of transportation, etc.
This tool was created in response to a special request received. It will help children learn to get dressed for outdoor winter play. (Open steps for getting dressed for winter) Print and laminate. Encourage children to place the clothing items in the correct order and follow along before going outside.
(Open workshops-Winter) Print, laminate, and display to identify your various workshops.
Workshop planning booklet-Winter
(Open workshop planning booklet-Winter) Print, laminate, and use the grid with a dry-erase marker. This essential tool will help you prepare and create the material you need for your various workshops, organize your environment, and plan per the interests of the children in your group. It will also help you analyze your weekly activities.
Workshop follow-up booklet-Winter
(Open workshop follow-up booklet-Winter) Print for each child. This booklet will help you better understand how workshops foster children's development. Have fun with these wonderful workshop ideas provided by Caroline Allard:
- Use only white, blue, and grey blocks if you have enough on hand.
- Create your own carpet of snow using cotton batting rolls...or make snowy constructions.
- Sort through animal figurines and keep only the ones that live in cold climates.
- Bin filled with salt (or sugar). Let children play in it with small cars.
- Figurines that can be transformed to look like skiers or snowboarders.
- Decorate the area with posters of snowmobiles, skiers, igloos, etc.
Arts & crafts:
- A large quantity of sparkles and sparkly glue.
- Winter coloring pages.
- Construction paper, tissue paper, all kinds of papers in wintery colors (blue, white, grey).
- Salt which can be glued on dark paper.
- Chalk for drawing on dark construction paper.
- Cotton balls can be glued to a drawing or used to make original collages.
- Models for paper snowflakes.
- Make snowflakes with waxed paper and white glue by drawing snowflakes on the paper with the glue. Allow to dry and remove gently...the result is spectacular!
- Paint with coloured ice cubes.
- Miniature marshmallows that can be used to create wintery scenes.
- Pictures of winter clothing that can be cut out and used to make a mobile.
- White paint on dark paper.
- Coloring pages involving snowflakes, winter scenes, winter sports.
- Snowflake stencils.
- White chalk and dark construction paper.
- Winter clothing of all kinds...lone mittens, wool socks, etc.
- A pot along with bowls for making soup.
- Dishes and cups for hot chocolate.
- Decorate the area with winter scenes. You may even create a false window with its own winter scenery.
- Make your own fireplace out of cardboard and add a few logs.
- Memory game with Educatall pictures.
- White, blue, or grey modeling dough...add sparkles.
- Association game for winter sports (a skate can be associated to a child who is skating).
- Puzzles related to the theme.
- Sugar cubes for building igloos.
- Mini marshmallows for building snow banks and snow-covered hills.
- Stimulation bottles filled with winter objects.
- Books about winter with several beautiful illustrations.
- Old calendars that can be admired.
- Photo albums displaying pictures of children playing in the snow.
- Blue or white lights to create a magical atmosphere.
- Puppets and stuffed animals (polar animals, snowmen, etc.).
- Hunt and seek activities.
- Various activity sheets related to the theme.
- Games with educatall word flashcards.
- Tracing and maze activity sheets.
- Snowball fight (crumpled paper).
- Build a snowman.
- Water table: add blue food coloring.
- Sugar or salt container: hide white objects in the sugar or salt, add pinecones, evergreen branches, etc.
- Real snow with mittens or gloves.
- Bin filled with ice: when it is cold enough, simply leave your bin outdoors overnight. Children can make figurines skate on the ice.
- Container filled with whipped cream, this may become a taste test.
- Small container of powdered potatoes.
- Use magnifying glasses for observing snowflakes.
- Catch snowflakes on dark paper.
- Make your own birdfeeder.
- Melt ice (snow) and then refreeze the water.
- Use spray bottles filled with water and food coloring (or old marker felts) to paint on snow.
- Use thermometers to observe changes in temperature.
- Various white ingredients (sugar, salt, icing sugar, flour).
- Bake a vanilla cake and top it with vanilla icing.
- Prepare whipped cream.
- Serve vanilla ice cream.
- Make homemade slushies with fruit juice.
- Experiment mixing flour and water.
- Mashed potato sculptures.
NEW! Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Winter)
Creating a homemade activity booklet
Print and laminate several activity sheets and writing activities. Arrange them in a binder and provide dry-erase markers. Leave the binder in your manipulation area and invite children to complete the activities during free play. The use of dry-erase markers will allow you to use the booklet repeatedly.
(Open educa-spots-Winter) Print for each child. Use bingo markers to add color to the different circles. If you don't have bingo markers, children can add stickers or cereal inside the circles.
Writing activities-W like winter
(Open writing activities-W like winter) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print several word flashcards. Cut them out and glue each one on a piece of paper. Laminate them. Arrange the words in a binder and provide a dry-erase marker children can use to trace the words. Older children will enjoy trying to write the words independently below the flashcards.
(Open stationery-Winter) Print. Use the stationery to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or even to identify your thematic bins.
(Open educa-nuudles-Winter) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. If you don't have Magic Nuudles, simply ask children to fill the spaces with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles.
NEW! The picture game may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with the group. The pictures may also be used simply to decorate the daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Winter) Print and laminate. Store the game in a "Ziploc" bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open picture game-Winter) Print the series of illustrations twice and use them for a traditional memory game.
The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation with the group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) winter, snow, sled, skis, tuque, mitten, scarf, cold, icicles, snowflake, skate, snowman
NEW! Winter weather station
(Open weather station-Winter) Print and laminate the pictograms. Glue them on pieces of felt and cut them out. Children will enjoy pressing them on a felt board and using them to invent weather reports.
(Open educa-chatterbox-Winter) Print and laminate the cards. To create your chatterbox, you will need an empty shoebox or a small bin that you can decorate as you see fit. Fill it with tiny objects, illustrations, pictures, and accessories related to your theme. To help you, we have created a series of cards that you may use. During circle time or, for example, when children are waiting for their lunch, have them take turns picking a card or object out of your chatterbox and naming the corresponding item.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print and laminate the word flashcards. Have each child pick a flashcard and take turns presenting the item to the group. Discuss each item to see what children know about the theme.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print many copies of the word flashcards and encourage children to use scrabble tiles to write the words. Manipulating the small tiles represents a great fine motor skill exercise. At the same time, children will notice which letters make up the different words.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print two copies of several different word flashcards. On a large piece of cardboard, stick one copy of each flashcard vertically to create a word column. Cut the second copy of each word flashcard so you have the word on one side and the illustration on the other side. Attach Velcro behind each part as well as to the right of the uncut flashcards (on the cardboard). Arrange the cut flashcards on the table and encourage children to look at your flashcard board to identify a matching word and illustration. When they succeed, they may stick them next to the corresponding flashcard, on your board. This exercise will help children associate words with pictures.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print several word flashcards. Use a hole-punch to make a hole at the top of each flashcard. Thread a ribbon through each hole and tie a knot. Bring the word flashcards outside and encourage children to use them to decorate a tree. Every time a child adds a flashcard, invite him/her to "read" the corresponding word. Children will be happy to repeat this activity many times. Eventually, they will learn to recognize the words.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print two copies of several word flashcards. Hang one copy of each word on an indoor clothesline with colourful clothespins. Arrange the copies in a pile on a table. Let children take turns picking a word and finding the matching word on the clothesline. When they find a match, they can place the flashcard on top of the one that was already hanging on the clothesline. Help younger children manipulate the clothespins if necessary.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print several word flashcards and hide them throughout your daycare or yard. Divide your group into two teams. When you give them the signal, children must search for the flashcards for a pre-determined period, for example three minutes. When the time is up, children must be able to "read" their flashcards to earn a point for their team. If they are unable to find the correct word, the other team can earn the point if they succeed.
(Open scene-Winter) Print, laminate, and cut out the pieces. Let children use the items to decorate the scene.
(Open sequential story-Snowman) Print and laminate the story. Cut out the illustrations and have children place them in the correct order.
Winter felt scene
Glue four pieces of black felt on a large piece of cardboard. Hang it on the wall. Have children help you trace and cut out various felt shapes. The shapes will adhere to the black background. Children will enjoy creating many winter scenes. Change the felt shapes as your seasons and themes evolve. We have prepared models of winter shapes for you. (Open shapes-Winter)
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Steps for getting dressed-Winter
(Open steps winter clothes) Print, laminate, and stick Velcro behind each piece. Display the steps on a wall to represent a staircase, with the first clothing item children must put on at the top of the stairs and the last one at the bottom.
How to use this illustrated routine:
- First, present the tool to your group. Explain how the stairs will help them know the order in which they must put clothing items on when it's time to go outside. Name each item together.
- To help children learn the steps, get dressed with your group. Work with one illustration at a time and remove the illustration once the step is completed. This will help children visualize what they still have to put on. Once children have acquired experience, you can leave the pictures displayed at all times.
- Look at each step with your group and have them put only the corresponding item on.
- To verify if children understand each step, invite them to explain them to you.
- Even once children can dress themselves, leave the steps displayed. They can refer to the illustrations if necessary.
- If a child is unable to identify which step comes next, review the steps, starting with the first one. For each step, ask the child if he has put the corresponding clothing item on yet or not.
Game-This is my spot-Winter
(Open transition games-Winter) Print each illustration twice. Use adhesive paper to secure one copy of each illustration on the table. Deposit the second copy of each illustration in an opaque bag and invite children to pick a card that will determine their spot at the table (corresponding illustration). The illustrations can also be used to determine children's naptime spots or their place in the task train.
My winter path
(Open transition games-Winter) Print, laminate, and use adhesive paper to stick the illustrations on the floor, creating a path that leads to various areas frequently visited by the children in your group (bathroom, cloakroom, etc.). If you prefer, you can also use the illustrations to delimit workshops or corners within your daycare.
Calling your number
Cut snowflake or snowman shapes out of white construction paper and write a number on each one. You must have two snowflakes or two snowmen bearing each number. Glue one of each on your daycare chairs. At lunch time, invite children to come pick a number to determine where they shall sit.
Walking through the snow
Set several construction paper snowflakes on the floor of your daycare. Invite children to hop on them in a variety of different ways: on one foot, on two feet, like a frog, etc. This is great for building gross motor skills.
Giant hopscotch game
Use white electrical tape to draw a giant hopscotch game on the floor of your daycare. If you wish, it can connect two different areas. Children will enjoy playing hopscotch as they move from one area to the other. Alternate hops on one foot and two feet. Add a winter-related illustration in each square.
NEW! Coloring hunt and seek-Winter
(Open coloring hunt and seek-Winter) Print and laminate. Children must find and color the items in the scene.
NEW! Countable snowballs
(Open countable snowballs) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards and arrange them in a pile, face down on the table. Set a bin filled with large cotton balls or large white pompoms (to represent snowballs) on the table. Have children wear their mittens (or lighter mittens purchased at the dollar store). Turn one card over and name the illustrated number. Children must pick up the corresponding number of “snowballs” and hold them in their hands. As a group, count the snowballs that each child is holding to verify if they picked up the correct quantity of snowballs. If you prefer, print and laminate mittens and simply invite children to set the snowballs on them.
NEW! Snowman shapes
(Open snowman shapes) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Children stack pieces that are the same shape to create snowmen. Use this activity to name different shapes with children. Note that the accessories associated with each snowman shape are of a different color. This activity can therefore also be used to work on color recognition skills.
NEW! Measuring snowflakes
(Open measuring snowflakes) Print, laminate, and cut out the snowflakes. Also print a sheet showing items that are to be measured. Encourage children to work together to “measure” the different items by lining up the snowflakes in numerical order, end to end. They could, for example, determine that one of their peers measures “8 snowflakes” whereas the table at which they eat their meals is “12 snowflakes” long.
1, 2 or 5 centimeters of snow
(Ouvrir je compte – La neige) Imprimez le document. Collez chaque image de flocon sur un verre en styromousse. Les enfants devront déposer le bon nombre de pompons blancs, de boules de ouate ou de petits flocons décoratifs dans chaque verre.
NEW! Letters to shovel-Winter
(Open letters to shovel-Winter) Print, laminate, and cut out several snowflakes. Give each child a small shovel. You will also need many word flashcards. Using adhesive putty, press a word on each child’s shovel. Invite children to find and collect the letters required to write the word that is on their shovel. Once they have found all the letters that they need, they can arrange them in the correct order. When they are done, they show you the word and you can read it together.
NEW! Different snowflake shades
Collect several paint sample cards for different shades of blue. Using a variety of snowflake or snowman-shaped punches, cut a shape out of each colored section. Set the tiny shapes and the corresponding paint sample cards in Ziploc bags. Children will have fun associating the small shapes to the section of the corresponding shade.
(Open educ-pattern-Winter) Print and laminate the game. Children must recognize the different patterns and complete each series by pressing the correct card in the square using Velcro or adhesive putty.
(Open educa-clothespins-Winter) Print, laminate, and cut out the models. You will need ten (10) wooden clothespins. Using a permanent marker, write numbers 1 to 10 on the clothespins. Set the clothespins and the models in a small bag or box. Children count the small shapes drawn on each model and press the clothespin with the corresponding number on it. Encourage children to arrange the models in numerical order.
(Open educa-slide-Winter) Print, laminate, and cut out the numbered shapes. Cut 2 slits in each shape, where indicated. For each one, draw dots at one end of a Popsicle stick (ex. 8=8 dots). Children must count the dots that are on a stick and slide it into the shape on which the corresponding number appears.
(Open educ-association-Winter) Print and laminate. Cut out the small shapes that are on the last pages. Children must set the colored shapes on top of the black and white shapes in the scene, associating the letters and shapes.
(Open educ-math-Winter) Print, laminate, and cut out the pieces. Set them on a table. Children must count, associate, and assemble the pieces that go together. Variation: Distribute, for example, the numbers among the children in your group and hide the other pieces within your daycare. Children must search for their missing pieces.
(Open poster-Seasons) Print and laminate the game. Using Velcro, children associate the pictograms to the correct seasons.
(Open bingo-Winter) Print, laminate, and store in a small box. Play bingo with your group.
(Open counting cards-Winter) Print and laminate. Prepare a series of wooden clothespins on which you can paint or draw numbers 1 to 9. Children count the items on each card and place the corresponding clothespin on the correct number.
(Open educa-letters-Winter) Print and laminate each card twice and use them for a memory game. If you prefer, simply display the cards on a wall within your daycare.
(Educa-symmetry-Winter) Print. Children must color the picture on the right to make it look exactly like the picture on the left.
(Open educ-pairs-Winter) Print. Children must draw a line between items that go together or color them using the same marker.
(Open educ-intruder-Winter) Print and laminate. Children must find the six items.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
NEW! Snowman emotions
For each child, you will need a white paper plate. Help them cut out and remove the center of their plate. Next, give each child a piece of black construction paper. They can cut a black square as well as a larger strip. They glue the strip along the bottom of the square to represent a snowman hat. Right above the strip of paper, children glue a pretty winter-themed ribbon. They can add snowflake stickers. They glue their hat at the top of their paper plate. To complete the contour of their snowman face, children can glue a large Popsicle stick vertically under the bottom of their plate. (Open snowman emotions) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Pick one card at a time and read the sentence. Children must hold their snowman face contour in front of their face and represent the correct emotion by adopting the correct facial expressions. Encourage children to look at their reflection in a mirror.
NEW! Snowball transfer game
For each child, you will need 2 small bowls, 10 cotton balls, and a clothespin. Children set their 10 cotton balls in a bowl. When you give the signal, they must use their clothespin to grasp one cotton ball at a time and set it in their other bowl. They continue until all their “snowballs” have been transferred. The first child who succeeds shall be the winner. To increase the level of difficulty, you can set the bowls at opposite ends of the room.
Cover a table with white sheets. Deposit a bin filled with snow and winter figurines inside your "igloo". Add books about polar animals. Children will love playing in their igloo.
Winter story and memory game
(Open story and memory game-Winter) Print, cut out, and laminate the pictures. Place the cards face down on the floor. Children pick three cards and invent a story in relation to the illustrations. Variation: Print the pictures twice and use them as a memory game.
(Open word flashcards-Winter) (Open giant word flashcards-Winter) Print and laminate the flashcards. Deposit them in an opaque bag and use them for a mime game. Children take turns picking a word and miming it so the other children can identify the correct word. For example, if a child picks the word "scarf", he/she can pretend to wrap a scarf around his/her neck.
(Open photo booth-Winter) Print the various accessories, cut them out, and glue a drinking straw behind each one. Purchase hats, scarves, glasses, etc. at your local dollar store. Create a wintery décor using a large piece of cardboard or curtain. Invite children to pick the accessories they prefer and pose for you. You can take individual, group, or family photos. Print the pictures and display them on a wall for everyone to see.
Fill a container with clean snow. Invite children to build a snow castle. Children will realize that snow melts quickly. It is transformed into water. Next, pour the water obtained from the melted snow into an aluminum pie plate. Leave it outside and show children how water becomes ice.
Prepare a sugar, salt, flour, or rice bin. Let children play in it with figurines, small cars, etc. They will discover new textures.
You will need a piece of black paper and a magnifying glass for each child. Prior to the activity, set the black paper in the freezer so it is very cold. Take your group outside and catch snowflakes on the black paper. Encourage children to use their magnifying glass to observe the snowflakes. What do they look like? Can they find two that are the same?
You will need one inflated balloon per child (no need to inflate it completely, but the surface of the balloons must be firm). Using a hole-punch, create several tiny white circles of paper. Invite children to rub their balloon on their hair to create static electricity before holding it next to the tiny circles. The paper circles will be attracted to the balloon.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
NEW! Modeling dough activity placemats-Winter
(Open modeling dough activity placemats-Winter) Print and laminate. Let children pick a placemat and provide modeling dough. Encourage them to use the dough to fill or reproduce the shapes that are on their placemat.
NEW! Fine motor skills-Crumpled mitten
(Open mitten shape) Print for each child. Have children tear and crumple pieces of tissue paper. They can fill their mitten with white glue and use the crumpled pieces of paper to “color” it. Decorate your daycare walls with children’s artwork.
NEW! Snowy Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
Set all your Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head accessories in a bin that you can easily take outside. With the children in your group, prepare several snowballs (different sizes). Invite children to use the plastic accessories to create snowy characters.
NEW! Snowman towers
For this activity, you will need several empty toilet paper rolls. Use white cardboard tubes here. Cut each tube into 3 parts. On the top third of each tube, draw snowman eyes and a snowman mouth. Glue a small orange Fun Foam triangle to represent a snowman nose. On the middle third of each tube, draw 3 buttons, one on top of the other. These pieces will represent your snowmen’s middle sections. Leave the bottom third of each tube intact. Show children how they can stack the pieces to create snowmen. This requires a great deal of precision and patience!
NEW! Pretty wintertime icicles
You will need several white, blue, and silver pipe cleaners. Provide necklace beads in the same colors. Invite children to thread a few beads on each pipe cleaner before twisting them somewhat to represent icicles. Hang these pretty icicles in front of a sunny window.
NEW! Winter accessory patterns
For this activity, you will need several mittens, tuques, neck warmers, wool socks, etc. Before children arrive in the morning, use the accessories to create various patterns by hanging them on an indoor clothesline. Photograph each pattern and print the pictures. Children pick a picture and reproduce the pattern by hanging the items one at a time.
(Open educa-cut-Winter) Print for each child. To begin, press a sticker on the thumb of each child’s dominant hand. Using scissors, children cut along the dotted lines. Once all the shapes have been cut out, children can glue them on a large piece of blue cardboard. Display their work on a wall.
(Open educ-reproduce-Winter) Print and cut out the pieces. Children pick a card, name what they see, and mention as many details as possible. They use the pieces to reproduce the winter scene.
NEW! Winter scenes
(Open winter scenes) Print, laminate, and cut out the items. Children pick a card and use the illustrated material to create a winter scene. They must respect the suggested number of items and colors.
NEW! Game-Where are the snowmen?
(Open game-Where are the snowmen) Print and laminate. Set tiny snowman illustrations on items throughout your daycare. When you give the signal, children search for them. Here, there is no winner. The goal is simply to have fun. At the end of the activity, you may give each child a snowman. They will love taking it home at the end of the day. Variation: You can ask each child to search for snowmen of a different color.
Provide children with a blanket. Have them tear tons of tiny pieces of white paper and deposit them on the blanket. Each child holds one corner and makes up and down movements to make the snow dance on the blanket. When all the paper pieces have fallen off the blanket, children pick them up and start all over!
In the centre of the daycare, empty several cotton ball bags on the floor. Let children have fun throwing cotton balls in the air, rolling around in them, lying down on top of them, etc. They may build snowy streets too.
Winter is hiding something
Choose an object with your group. Next, designate a child to hide the object in the snow and have the other children search for it. The child who finds the object gets to hide it next.
(Open models-fish) Print and have children colour the fish. Next, cut them out. Attach string to the end of an old broomstick. Hang a clothespin at the end. Hide behind furniture and attach fish to the clothespin. Children fish one at a time. You may replace fish with toys or small surprises. Variation: Write points on the fish (for example a small fish could be worth 2 points and a large fish could be worth 5 points). Set up fishing teams. At the end of the game, calculate each team's score to determine the winning team. This game may be played outdoors. Simply laminate the fish and hide behind a snow bank.
Set bottles in a row, leaving a certain distance between each one. Children pretend to be skiers and slalom between the bottles without tipping them over.
Create an obstacle course. Provide each child with two empty tissue boxes. Have them wear them on their feet and pretend to skate around the obstacles.
Play music and invite children to pretend to skate throughout the daycare. When the music stops, everyone falls to the floor. When the music starts again, they resume skating. The duration of the game is one song.
Dog sled race
Divide the group into two teams. The object of the game is to cross the finish line before the other team. The first child in line walks on his hands with his feet resting on the second child's shoulders. The second child also walks on his hands, and so on. The last child in line crawls.
Deposit one hula hoop per child on the floor. If you do not have hula hoops on hand, you may draw circles. The circles must be large enough to allow children to move inside them. Give children instructions. For example, place your hands in your goal, place one foot inside your goal and one outside your goal, sit inside your goal, sit outside your goal, etc. After a while, say, "Goalies change goals." Children change circles and the game continues.
(Open miniature snowflakes) Print and laminate. Hide the snowflakes throughout your daycare and invite children to search for them. The child who finds the most snowflakes can hide them for the next round.
(Open giant snowman pieces) Print, laminate, and cut out each piece. Children sit on the floor and work together to assemble the pieces. The snowman can also be assembled on a wall and used to decorate your daycare.
(Open string activities-Winter) Print for each child. Children trace the outlines with white glue before covering them with colourful string.
(Open models-small snowflakes) Print, color, and laminate the models before sticking them on magnetic paper. Leave the snowflakes on a table and provide a metal cookie sheet children can stick them on.
Watch out for the snowman
Pick a child who will become a snowman. The snowman chases the other children until he touches one. The child who is touched becomes the snowman for the next round. Variation: You may also ask children who are touched to stop moving and hold their arms out to their sides. Children who are frozen can be saved if another child runs under their arms. Give everyone a turn to be the snowman.
Provide a large quantity of white blocks and help children stack them to represent a snowman. Keep going until your snowman falls.
Snow-filled surprise bins
Fill a small pool or several large containers with snow and hide various objects in the snow. When you give the signal, children search for the items. Have them deposit their findings in another container before going back to search for more. When all the objects have been found, hide them again and start all over.
Provide several cardboard boxes (white if possible) children can use to build an igloo.
Snowflake with holes
(Open lacing-snowflake with holes) Cut the snowflake out of cardboard. Punch holes around the contour using a hole-punch. Have children thread ribbon or string through the holes.
The little kittens have lost their mittens
Share the story of the little kittens who lost their mittens with your group. You will need a pair of mittens for each child. Hide one mitten from each pair within your daycare. Give each child one mitten. Encourage them to search for this missing mitten. They can move about like little meowing kittens.
I am a snowflake
Children mime the following actions: tiny snowflakes gently falling to the ground, snowflakes blowing around in the wind, snowflakes being rolled into a ball, falling in the snow, jumping in snow, building a snowman, melting snow, etc. This activity can also be done during transitions.
Blow soap bubbles outside on a cold winter day. Children will love watching the bubbles freeze in the air and then crack, like ice.
Pick a child who will become a snowman. All the other children are polar animals. The snowman tries to capture the animals. Every time he touches a child, the child is frozen. He/she must remain perfectly still. The game continues until all the children are frozen. The first animal that was caught becomes the snowman for the next round.
Treasure hunt in the snow
Prepare ice cubes of every colour with your group. Hide the ice cubes in the snow and have children search for them. If the group is old enough, you may ask children to find ice cubes of a specific color. For example, you may ask one child to search for blue ice cubes while another child searches for red ones. You may also ask the entire group to find only a specific colour of ice cubes.
Winter is hiding something
Choose an object with your group. Next, designate a child to hide the object in the snow and have the other children search for it. The child who finds the object gets to hide it next.
Eye of the tiger
Find white objects hidden in the snow (ping pong balls, golf balls, sheets of paper, toilet paper rolls, etc.).
Hurray for snow
Set empty baskets on their side. Have children roll snowballs as close to the baskets as possible. The object of the game is to have the most balls in your basket.
Create a pyramid using empty tissue boxes. The object of the game is to make the pyramid fall to the ground by throwing snowballs on it.
Divide the group into two teams. Set up two baskets. The object of the game is to throw as many snowballs into your team's basket before the time is up.
Practice long jump in the snow.
Children perform somersaults in the snow and end with original positions.
(Open transition games-Winter) Print, laminate, and secure the illustrations on the floor of your daycare using adhesive paper. To the sound of music, children move around the daycare. When the music stops, they must quickly find an illustration to stand on.
Wool scarf dance
Invite children to dance around the daycare, waving wool scarves to the sound of music.
Jell-O on snow
Prepare Jell-O per package instructions. Chill the preparation, but not until set. Have children pour the preparation on snow and observe the transformation.
A wonderful outdoor treat! A cup of cocoa is a great to warm up while playing outside!
(Open educ-poster-Ice cream) Print and laminate. Display the poster in your kitchen area to introduce children to various forms of ice cream.
(Open illustrated recipes-2nd series) Use the pictures to help children identify the proper tools for culinary activities.
ARTS & CRAFTS
NEW! Masked snowflakes
Give each child a white paper plate. Provide several pieces of masking tape measuring approximately 15 cm each. Children glue 2 pieces of masking tape in the center of their plate, drawing an “X”. Next, have them glue a third piece of masking tape horizontally or vertically, to draw a snowflake. Invite children to paint the entire surface of their plate using light blue poster paint. Let dry completely. Once the paint is dry, show children how they can very gently remove the pieces of masking tape to see a pretty snowflake appear. They can punch a hole at the top of their plate and thread a pretty ribbon through it. They can use the ribbon to hang their snowflake.
NEW! Sensory snowstorm
Give each child a large piece of light blue cardboard. Deposit a drop of white poster paint, a drop of blue poster paint, and a drop of glitter glue in the center of each child’s piece of cardboard. Provide a variety of tools such as plastic spoons and knives, scraps of bubble wrap, corks, etc. Encourage children to use the material to mix and spread the paint and glue on their piece of cardboard to represent a snowstorm. When they are done, set their work aside to dry. Once the paint and glue are dry, invite children to cut strips of white paper that they can glue on top of their snowstorm scene to represent window panes.
NEW! Winter tree
Give each child a light blue piece of construction paper and have them set it horizontally in front of them. Using a small roller, paint the palm of each child’s hand and their forearm. Invite them to press their hand and forearm in the center of their construction paper, opening their fingers as wide as they can to represent tree branches without leaves. Next, have them press their index in white poster paint and make impressions here and there to represent snowflakes. They can slide their finger along the bottom of the paper to represent snow-covered ground.
NEW! Rainbow mittens
Give each child a piece of heavy white paper. They set it horizontally in front of them and fold it in half, like a book. They open it up and set a few drops of different colors of poster paint on one half. You can use primary colors. They then close their “book” again and press firmly to spread the paint. They open their “book” once again. Let dry. (Open model-mitten) Print the model on heavy paper and cut it out. Children trace it twice, once on each half. They cut out their mittens and, using a hole punch, they make a hole at the bottom of each mitten. They thread each extremity of a piece of yarn through the holes. Help them tie knots. They can hang their mittens on a hook.
(Open mandalas-Winter) Print for each child. Encourage children to color their mandalas to provide them with a calm and relaxing activity when needed.
(Open craft-snowman) Print a snowman for each child. Have them colour, cut out, and glue the various snowman parts onto a piece of construction paper.
(Open model-snowman silhouette) Print for each child. Prepare popcorn. Dip popcorn in corn syrup and stick it to the snowman silhouette. Let dry. Use fishing wire to hang.
Provide each child with a straw, blue poster paint, and glossy paper. Deposit a large drop of paint in the centre of the paper. Children may add sparkles of their choice. Next, with their straw, they gently blow on the paint, just like a winter wind. The paint will spread on the paper. Let dry. Children love this painting technique.
(Open mandalas-Winter) Print for each child. Invite children to color the mandalas to help them relax during the day.
Give each child a plastic document protector. Let them paint on it. Spread water on the back side of their masterpiece and press it on a window. You will have beautiful window art to admire.
Crumpled paper snowman
(Open model-Snowman silhouette) Print and trace the model on black or dark blue construction paper. Ask children to fill the shape with crumpled pieces of white tissue paper.
(Open puppets-Winter) Print the models on heavy paper. Ask children to cut them out and decorate them with various arts & crafts materials. Glue a Popsicle stick behind the models to complete your puppets.
(Open models-Winter) Print the models and use them for various crafts and activities throughout the theme.
We need mittens to play in the snow. Trace children's hands on the material of your choice and let them design original mittens.
Give each child a piece of dark paper and have them draw on it with white chalk, white waxed crayons, or white wooden pencils.
Cotton ball painting
Encourage children to use cotton balls to paint on dark paper. They can simply dip the cotton balls in white paint and then press them on the paper.
Collect several round objects (plate, garbage can lid, etc.). Give each child a large piece of white paper. Let them trace the items you have collected to represent a snowman. Remind them that the largest circle must be at the bottom and the smallest one at the top. When they are done, they can decorate their snowman by drawing a hat, a nose, eyes, a broom, etc.
(Open craft-snowflake) Print for each child. Children can glue cotton balls on their snowflake.
Have children draw a winter scene on black construction paper using white glue. When they are done, sprinkle flour over their drawing. Shake off any excess flour over a garbage can.
(Open model-Snowman silhouette) Print for each child. Encourage children to fill their snowman shape with miniature marshmallows.
I am learning to draw-A snowflake
(Open I am learning to draw-A snowflake) Print and laminate the model sheet. Invite children to practice their drawing technique on the model sheet before trying to draw a snowflake independently. (Open coloring pages theme-Winter) Print for each child.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE THE COLORING PAGES
Identical coloring pages-Winter
Print the same coloring page for each child and an additional copy for your model. Color only certain parts of your picture. Present the model to your group and ask them to color their picture to make it look exactly like yours.
Print and laminate several coloring pages and arrange them in a binder with a few dry-erase markers. Leave everything on a table for children to explore.
Play musical drawing with your group. Give each child a coloring page. Have children sit around a table. When the music starts, they must pass the coloring pages around the table. Every time the music stops, they must color the picture in front of them until the music starts again.
Give each child a picture to color. When they are done, cut each picture into pieces to create unique puzzles.
SONGS AND RHYMES
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Dressed in a snow white gown
Tap tap tapping at your window pane
To tell you she's in town
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Soon you will hear her say
Come out everyone and play with me
I haven't long to stay
If you wanna make a snowman
I'll help you make one 1, 2, 3
If you wanna take a sleigh ride
Then the ride's on me
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Look at her tumbling down
Bringing joy to every boy and girl
Suzy's come to town!
The Educatall team