While it is fun to explore a winter theme with your children inside, you may live in an area that doesn’t have winter views outside. If you don’t have a cold weather winter to view, you can easily create a window box that will let you and your children see winter views.
Creating The Window Box
The window box is literally a window pane design cut out of an old cereal box. If you look carefully at our window viewing box, you will still see some of the boxes graphics. The gold paint that we used to cover the text wasn’t opaque enough to cover it completely. When you make your window box, you may want to use a darker paint.
When you make your window box, you may want to use washi or colored tape to frame the windows instead of paint.
You may want to make the panes of you window smaller. Smaller panes will make grilles or grids between the panes wider and stronger. We made the empty window pane spaces large so that you would be able to see the pictures clearly.
Locating Pictures with a Winter Theme
If you have winter scenes outside of your windows, you can use photographs you take with your students to place behind the window. If your area is not snowy, you can find pictures on the internet. (Make sure you use online pictures responsibly. Use pictures that give permission for free use for educational purposes.)
The pictures we used came from Pics4Learning. Pics4Learning is an image library that is free for educators. The site states that “teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.”
Citing the Pictures
You may notice that after downloading a picture I placed the citation underneath each picture. Even when it is not mandatory, I think it is important to show kids that you are giving credit to the photographer. The citation is available beside each picture on the web site. You just have to highlight it and click on the Ctrl Key and the C at the same time to copy it. Then open the picture in a paint, word processing, or photo program and click on the Ctrl Key and the V to paste the citation beneath it.
Using Your Winter Window Box
Place the window box in your dramatic play or home center. Or place the window box by a classroom window. Talk about the scenes that children see through the window box. Comment on the winter items you see. If the view outside your classroom window is different, compare and contrast the views. Talk about ways things may change in your area for winter.
Kids may enjoy drawing their own scenes to place in the window box. Change the scenes in the window box regularly. You could even make it a fun feature of circle time or other special learning times in your classroom. Display a scene to focus on specific concepts or themes.
BIO: Deirdre is the author of JDaniel4’s Mom where she shares other learning activities, printables, crafts, and food creations. She loves growing and learning beside her son. You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.
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