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Preschool and Pre-K winter theme activities. Literacy, math, printables book lists and more!

Preschool Winter Theme Activities

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Winter Literacy Activities

Re-Telling The Mitten
retelling mitten
Setting: Centers
Objective: re-telling, comprehension, sequencing, developing oral language
Materials: Plush characters from the story (see resources section below), white pillowcase for the mitten
Directions: Place plush characters from the story and a white pillowcase in a tub, box, or basket in a quiet area of the classroom. Students may choose to re-tell the story of The Mitten during center time using the plush characters.

The Mitten Character Classification
mitten t chart
You can download this free, printable character classification activity on the blog.

Winter Beginning Sounds
winter beginning sounds
Students attach clothespins with letters to the pictures that have the corresponding beginning sounds. There is also a recording sheet included with this activity. This beginning sounds activity is available in the Winter Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Winter Syllables
winter syllables
Students identify the winter pictures and the number of syllables in each word, then place them into Frosty’s Hat with the correct number. This activity is available in the Winter Literacy Packet located in the printables section below and includes a recording sheet.

Winter Rhyming
winter rhyming
Students roll the picture cube and give a word that rhymes with the picture. They mark their recording sheet when they give a correct rhyme. If students need help generating a rhyme they can ask a friend. This activity is available in the Winter Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. It includes the recording sheet and a printable picture cube you can cut out and assemble or you can print out the cards and attach them to a square box or use a pocket die.

The Mitten Emergent Reader
the mitten emergent reader
The predictable text in this book is designed to support your emergent readers. Use this book to reinforce concepts of print such as words are separated by spaces, left to right and top to bottom, written words match spoken words, common sight words, and more. The Mitten emergent reader is available in the Winter Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

The Mitten Pocket Chart
mitten pocket chart
The predictable text in this pocket chart set will help your students learn concepts of print such as left to right directionality, return sweep, one-to-one correspondence, and more. This activity is available in the Winter Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Acting Out The Mitten
Setting: Whole group
Objective: Comprehension skills, re-telling, sequencing, developing oral language
Materials: One large white bed sheet, masks from Jan Brett’s website; click HERE .
Directions: Have your students sit in a large circle and select several students to wear the masks from the link above. Next spread out the sheet in the middle of the circle. Narrate the story for the children; as each animal is named, allow the “actors” to crawl UNDER the sheet in the middle of the circle. When you get to the crucial part of the story and all the animals are inside, you sneeze loudly and throw the sheet into the air and the actors scatter around the room. You may have to perform your “play” several times so that each child has a turn to act. Leave the masks and sheet out in your dramatic play area so the students may act out the story again and again.

Winter Math Activities

Snowman Counting Book
Printable Snowman Counting Book via www.pre-kpages.com
This easy to assemble book helps reinforce number sense and counting 1-5. This book can also be used to reinforce concepts of print such as words are separated by spaces, left to right and top to bottom, written words match spoken words, and common sight words. The Snowman Counting Book is available in the Winter Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Snowman Graphing Activity
Printable Snowman Graphing Activity via www.pre-kpages.com
The graphing activity is available in the Winter Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Marshmallow Races Path Game
Printable Marshmallow Path Game via www.pre-kpages.com
The Marshmallow Races Path Game helps build number sense and one to one correspondence. It is available in the Winter Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Snowman Brr! Number Game
Winter Number Identification Game via www.pre-kpages.com
You can make this game yourself using snowman shapes from the teacher store. This game is also available {in black and white or color} in the Winter Math Packet located in the printables section below. The Brr! Snowman Numbers game comes in two versions, 0-10 and 0-20 and the cards are available in black and white and color for your convenience. Also included are two printable recording sheets, one for each version of the game.

Winter Patterns
Printable Winter Patterning Activity via www.pre-kpages.com
You can use winter stickers and stamps for pattern practice with the free pattern grid located in the printables section below or you can use the printable pattern set included in the Winter Math Packet also located in the printables section. The printable winter pattern set includes AB, AABB, and ABc pattern practice.

Winter Play Dough Counting Mat + One More
Printable Play Dough Snowman Math Mats via www.pre-kpages.com
The snowman play dough counting mats are available in the Winter Math Packet located in the printables section below. There is also a fun Build a Snowman play dough mat that includes a printable die. Play dough activities provide fine motor practice by developing the muscles in the hand necessary for self-help skills and holding writing tools.

Winter Counting 1-5
winter one to five
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Number recognition, number sense, one-to-one
Materials: 1-5 counting grid recording sheet (available in printables section below), snowflake/winter stamps
Directions: Students stamp the appropriate number of stamps in the boxes next to the number.

Roll-a-Snowman
roll snowman one
roll snowman two
roll snowman three
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: number recognition, number sense, spatial relationships, developing critical thinking skills
Materials: foam die, snowman notepad, Sharpie marker, Ziploc bags
Directions: Get one snowman notepad sheet per student in your small group and laminate. Using your Sharpie marker write numbers on the body parts of each snowman as seen in picture 1. Next, cut each snowman apart as seen in picture 2 and put the body parts in a Ziploc bag. You will have one bag per snowman when you are finished. Give each student in your small group a bag of snowman parts. Students take turns rolling the die. Whatever number they roll they place that part of their snowman with the matching number in front of them on the table, see picture 3. If they roll a number they already have they pass the dice to the next person. Students are finished when their snowman puzzle is complete.

Snowman Roll ‘N Count
snowman roll count
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: Snowman notepad, snowman manipulatives (see resources section below), one foam die, Sharpie marker, laminating film
Directions: Using your Sharpie marker, write the numbers 1-6 on pages on a snowman notepad, you will need one page per child. Laminate the pages and give one to each child in your small group. Each child takes a turn rolling the die and placing a manipulative on the corresponding number on their snowman sheet.

FREE Snowman 1:1 Game
snowman one to one
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: printable snowman mat- one for each child in the small group (available in printables section below), cardstock, laminating film, foam die, white cotton balls
Directions: Print the snowman mats on cardstock and laminate. Give each student in the small group a snowman recording sheet. Place the cotton balls in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of cotton balls on their recording sheet. When there is one cotton ball on each snowman on their sheet they are finished.

Snowman 1:1 Ice Cube Tray
snowman ice cube
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: ice cube trays- one per child in small group, cardstock, foam die, white cotton balls
Directions: Give each student in the small group an ice cube tray. Place the cotton balls in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of cotton balls in their ice cube tray. When there is one cotton ball on in each space in their tray they are finished.

Snowman Counting Cups
snowman cups
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1, Number Sense
Materials: Snowman cups, cotton balls, Sharpie
Directions: Write a number on the front of each cup with the Sharpie. Have students place the correct number of cotton balls into the cups.

Frosty the Snowman Board Game
frosty board game
Snowman Printable Board Game via www.pre-kpages.com
You can make this winter board game yourself using stickers and clipart or you can use the printable version pictured above from the Winter Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Snowman Class Counting Book Printable Template via www.pre-kpages.com
Easily create a class counting book using this printable template located in the Winter Math Packet in the printables section below. This class book goes along with the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. Students will practice writing their names and numbers in this activity. Vocabulary is also included as students practice saying action verbs and illustrating their own pages in the book.

Fun Winter Activities

Paper Snowman
paper snowman
Materials: Black construction paper, white construction paper, toothpicks, buttons, glue sticks, liquid glue, crayons.
Trace 3 different sized circles on white paper (small, med, large) for the snowman’s body. Have the children cut out the 3 circles and glue to the black construction paper. Next, using crayons students can color the background and snowman’s face and other details of the picture. Using liquid glue, attach the toothpicks for arms and buttons. You could also use wiggly eyes for this project.

Wax Resist Snowman
wax resist snowman
Materials: Blue crayon, one piece of blue construction paper per child, white watercolor paint cakes, paint brushes (chubby work better for this project)
On each sheet of blue construction paper have students draw a snowman outline using the blue crayon. Next, have the students paint all over the paper with the thinned white paint.

Puffy Paint Snowman
Materials: Elmer’s liquid glue, regular shaving cream (not gel or menthol), one sheet of blue construction paper per child, miscellaneous items like un-popped popcorn, birdseed, raisins, cheerios, buttons, etc..
This project is the perfect companion to the story Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. Mix two parts shaving cream to one part Elmer’s glue in a plastic container. Allow the children to spread the “puffy paint” onto their paper in the shape of a snowman with their hands or plop it on with a spoon. The paint will dry three-dimensional and stiff. Add the miscellaneous items to decorate the snowman. No need to add any glue, the items will stick to the shaving cream/glue mixture easily enough.

Lacing Mitten
Materials: scissors, 2 sheets of colored construction paper per child, blank paper, yarn, hole puncher, crayons, markers, glitter glue.
This project is the perfect companion to the story of “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Have each child trace the shape of a mitten onto two pieces of construction paper or the template found HERE. Next, each child will cut out his or her mittens, then (either independently or with your help) place the two mittens together back to back and punch holes around the edges leaving the flat bottom open (where the hand goes). Once the holes are punched, the students may use lengths of yarn to “sew” the mitten. When finished have the students draw their favorite animals from the story on blank paper, or use the reproducible found HERE. Next, the students cut out their animals and place them inside of the mitten, re-telling the story as they go along. They may also wish to decorate the outside of the mitten using crayons, markers, or glitter glue.

Ice Cube Game
Materials: Ice cube, music (Frosty the Snowman would be ideal).
Have the students sit in a circle and explain the rules of the game: when the music plays the students pass the ice cube around the circle just like “Hot Potato”, when the music stops the person who is left holding the ice cube is “out”. Before you begin, ask the children to predict what will happen to the ice cube as it is passed around. you may want to write down your predictions on a large piece of white chart paper in the shape of a snowman or snowball to post on the wall. This game is a huge hit, you may want to keep your ice cube tray full because they will beg to play over and over again!

Will it Melt?
Materials: a variety of objects on a tray, some that will and some that will not melt.
Arrange a variety of objects on a tray (ones that you won’t mind getting wet), some examples might be, a little car, a pencil, popsicle, ice cube, a pinecone etc. Pass the tray around the circle and ask the children to predict which items will melt and which will not. Then, place the tray near a window and let it sit for a few hours. At the end of the day take the tray out and look at it again and discuss the predictions that were made earlier.

Family Snowman Project
The family snowman project can be found in the Family Projects Packet.

Winter Printables

Winter Literacy Packet {33 pages} – $4
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Winter Math Packet {47 pages} – $5
Printable Math Activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com
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