Do you need some educational activities to do with your preschooler this winter? These are activities we’ve used as part of our homeschool curriculum or just when we needed something fun to do on a cold day.
This winter preschool theme will get preschoolers excited about the changing seasons by bringing winter into the preschool classroom. Preschoolers can participate in winter themed arts and crafts, math and science, and other open ended activities to learn essential preschool skills.
Preschool Winter Circle Time
How Do We Dress in Winter? – Tell the preschoolers that we wear different types of clothing to protect our body in the winter. Ask the preschoolers what type of clothing they wear when it is cold outside. Provide a basket with assorted clothes that would be warm throughout the year such as hats, gloves, coats, warm socks, boots, shorts, a bathing suit etc. Ask one preschooler to stand up. Have the remaining preschoolers dress the child who is standing by choosing clothes that would keep them warm.
Snowball Names – Cut large white circles out of construction paper to create snowballs. Write each preschoolers name on a snowball and post them around the preschool classroom. Have preschoolers take turns finding their names in the classroom and sharing them with the other preschoolers.
Winter Feel Box – Put an ice cube in your feel box and have preschoolers take turns reaching in and trying to guess what they are touching.
Preschool Winter Arts and Crafts
Popsicle Stick Snowflake What better way to celebrate winter than by creating your own beautiful snowflake? This simple preschool craft uses only a few basic art supplies and is easy for preschoolers to make on their own.
Marble Painted Snowman – Have each preschooler marble paint 3 pieces of white construction paper. When the paint has dried, cut a large circle out of each piece of paper. Glue the circles together to create a snowman. Have preschoolers give their snowman a face with crayons, markers, and various craft supplies.
Preschool Winter Math and Science
3 Step Ziplock Ice-Cream for Preschoolers Ziplock Ice-Cream is a wonderful way to get preschoolers interested in cooking. Many preschoolers do not know what ingredients make up their favorite foods or how they are made. This simple food activity takes preschoolers through the process of making ice cream from beginning to end.
Preschool Science Activity – Melting Snow Science is exciting for preschooler when they can see it in action. Preschoolers can learn about the properties of water by experimenting with some winter snow. This simple experiment will allow preschoolers to see water transform before their eyes into ice, water, and vapor.
Mitten Matching Math This festive matching activity makes a wonderful Christmas time math center. Preschoolers will develop their math skills as they participate in this winter matching activity.
Runaway Snowball – This is a great winter preschool science activity that uses a really cute poem. This poem is one that I used to use with my daycare children and it is such a fun way to teach about different states of matter. This activity requires very few materials but preschoolers love collecting a snowball and watching it melt. The next time you have a snowy day, take advantage of the snow to teach a basic preschool science lesson.
Preschool Winter Music and Movement
Once There Was a Snowman
Once there was a snowman, snowman, snowman (put arms over head)
Once there was a snowman, tall, tall, tall. (stretch taller each time you say tall)
In the sun he melted, melted, melted. (get shorter each time you say melted)
In the sun he melted, small, small, small.
Preschool Winter Pretend Play
Paper Plate Skating Activity Use paper plates as a prop to engage preschoolers in a fun and festive fitness activity indoors. Preschoolers will use large muscle groups and more as they scoot paper plates on the floor under their feet. For a preschool party activity or rainy day activity, paper plate skating provides physical exercise and fitness for preschoolers indoors.
Preschool Winter Language and Reading
Shaving Cream Letters Preschoolers love to experience the world with all their senses. Sensory activities are a wonderful way to teach valuable educational concepts to preschoolers. This preschool literacy activity encourages preschoolers to practice writing their letters and numbers by making it fun. Why use a crayon and paper when you can write in shaving cream?
Snowball Alphabet Building Game – Preschoolers will love this open-ended literacy activity and this easy preschool game requires only a few basic materials that are found around the house.