Winter theme activities for Preschool and Pre-K
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Winter Literacy Activities
Snowman Syllable Game
Students will identify the number of syllables in each picture, then place the picture in the correct bag. This activity is available in the winter bundle.
Snowman Beginning Sounds
Students will identify the beginning sound of each picture and attach a clothespin with the correct letter to the corresponding picture. There is also a black and white recording sheet included with this activity. The beginning sounds activity is available in the winter bundle.
Snowman Rhyming Game
Your kids will love playing this fun, whole group game. They’ll have a blast practicing the repetitive rhyming sentences, then finding their rhyming partner. The winter rhyming game is available in the winter bundle.
Mitten Alphabet Identification Game
This activity includes both upper and lower case versions in black and white or color. Students will take turns drawing a card, identifying the letter, and marking it on their recording sheet. Two recording sheets are also included, one for uppercase letters and one for lowercase letters and is available in the winter bundle.
Winter Vocabulary Picture Word Cards
The printable word cards can be used to expand vocabulary in a pocket chart or on a word wall; they are available in the winter bundle.
Winter Pocket Chart Sentences
The predictable text in this pocket chart sentence 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 bundle.
Winter 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 Winter Emergent Reader is available in the winter bundle.
Snowman Visual Discrimination Activity
These mats offer your little learners a variety of different ways to practice visual discrimination skills, a pre-requisite for alphabet fluency. Get your winter visual discrimination mats in the winter bundle.
Winter Math Activities
Mitten Number Game
This game is available (in black and white or color) in the winter bundle. The numeral identification game can be played using numbers 1-10 or numbers 1-20 depending on your student’s ability levels.
Snowman Board Game
Can you help the snowman find the way to the North Pole before he melts? The snowman board game is available in the winter bundle.
Snowman Graphing Activity
Make data collection fun with this hands-on graphing activity! Your kids will enjoy rolling the pocket cube and recording their rolls on their recording sheets. The Twinter graphing activity is available in both black and white and color in the winter bundle.
Snowman Races Game
The races game will help build number sense and one to one correspondence skills. Your students will roll a dice and move their playing piece towards the hat. The winter races game is available in the winter bundle.
Snowman Numeral Representation Activity
Your students will identify the numeral on the snowman’s hat and match the cards with the correct quantities to the snowmen. The winter number sense activity is available in the winter bundle.
Winter Roll and Cover Games
Your kids will enjoy rolling the dice and covering the matching pictures. There are two different roll and cover games included so you can differentiate the activity to meet the needs of your individual students; 1-3, and 1-6. The winter roll and cover activities are available in the winter bundle.
Snowman Spin and Cover Game
Your students will love spinning the spinner and covering the matching pictures. There are five different spinner games included for your convenience; numeral, tally marks, dice, matching same, and matching shapes. The winter spin and cover activities are available in the winter bundle below.winter bundle.
Winter Number Puzzles
Do your kids need help putting numbers in order? These winter number puzzles include a version that focuses on numbers 1-5 and another version that focuses on numbers 1-10. Choose the version that best meets the needs of your students for differentiation purposes. The number puzzles are available in the winter bundle.
Snowball Number Sense Mats
Your students can practice counting out the correct number of items in the ten frame. You can use cubes, cotton balls to represent “snowballs” or even white play dough to make this activity hands-on and fun! The number sense mats are located in the winter bundle.
Snowflake Counting Book
This easy to assemble book helps reinforce numeral recognition, number sense and counting skills. The Snowflake 1-5 counting book is available in the winter bundle.
Help your students develop logical thought and reasoning skills with this patterning activity. There are 3 black and white worksheets included for assessment purposes. The winter patterning activity is available in the winter bundle.
Fun Winter Activities
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, the children can attach the toothpicks and buttons. You could also use wiggly eyes for this project.
Wax Crayon Resist Snowman
Materials: Blue crayon, one piece of blue construction paper per child, white watercolor paint cakes, paint brushes (chubby brushes work best 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.
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.
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