It is hard to believe we are already smack dab in the middle of winter. Here in Texas we have yet to have any real wintery weather, but that didn’t stop us from creating a winter wonderland in our classroom!
Last week our classroom transformed into a winter wonderland where the kids were able to participate in a variety of winter activities and centers. Here’s a recap of our winter fun!
Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
Winter arrived in the play-doh center last week where the kids had the chance to build their own snowmen! We found this activity through an Instagram post from A Pinch Of Kinder. Using math sorting trays we set out different supplies from around the classroom that we thought would make good snowmen building materials.
The supplies we used were:
- White Play-Doh
- Pony Beads
- Wiggly Eyes
- Deer Corn
- Chenille Sticks (cut into fourths)
The kids really let their creative juices flow and created some great snowmen!
We really enjoyed seeing what the kids were able to do with a little bit of guidance. This center was a really great opportunity for us sit back and watch as each child’s creativity took over. We will definitely use this center activity again in the future!
We love creating fun and unique sensory bins to go with different themes and units. Of course creating some winter sensory bins was a must. The two we made last week were some of our personal favorites and biggest hits in the classroom. Here are all the details to make these yourself!
Hot Chocolate Sensory
The first of our two sensory bins from the week was a hot chocolate sensory bin! We got this idea from a post by Play & Learn Every Day.
This was the most simple of the two to create. All it took was some brown beans, cotton balls, plastic cups and ladles from the home center, and a few tweezers.
The kids all really enjoyed making cups of hot chocolate and serving them to their friends!
We wanted the kids to have the opportunity to play with snow, but since it hasn’t snowed yet where we live, we had to play Mother Nature and make our own snow!
We have all seen the Insta-Snow in the educational materials catalogs, but they are pricey and don’t make much snow and we wanted enough to put in our big sensory table. We had seen a post from huckleberrylove.com on creating play snow with only two ingredients. Two ingredients? We were in!
The recipe called for baking soda and hair conditioner! Seriously, that is it! You take 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of conditioner and mix them together and Presto, you have snow!
To have enough for our sensory table, we made three batches. It was super easy and took no time at all. The only suggestion we have is to use a white conditioner with a light fragrance or use unscented. We had trouble finding an unscented conditioner, so we opted for a coconut scent. It was a light scent, but it still left the air coconut scented long after the kiddos had finished using it.
The kids loved the snow and we must be honest, so did we! The cool thing about the snow was that it was actually cool to the touch, so it felt like you were playing in actual snow. We will definitely make this again in the future!
Winter Small Group Activities
First thing every morning we spend time with our students in small groups. During this time we typically work on math, literacy, and fine motor skills. Over the course of the week we used different winter products from our Teachers Pay Teachers store for our small group activities.
The first small group lesson was a counting activity. The kids worked on number recognition, counting, and fine motor skills by counting the number of pictures in each box and then cutting out the corresponding number and gluing it in the box.
The next small group activity was a capital and lowercase letter match. The kids were tasked with cutting out the lowercase letter and gluing it on next to the mitten with the corresponding capital letter.
This activity has 4 different sheets to it which allowed for the kids to have a different page than their neighbor. This meant that the kids had to actually identify the letters and not just copy off their neighbor, plus they did not get any of their pieces mixed up with their neighbor since they were each working with different letters.
This activity was a bit more intensive and took place over two days. The first day the kids simply cut and glued pictures to finish patterns that were already created.
The next day went a step above in Bloom’s Taxonomy by having students create their own patterns. Each child was given two pages, one with empty boxes and the other with various winter pictures. The kids then chose two pictures, cut them out, and glued them into one of the boxes to create an AB pattern.
Our kiddos definitely rose to the occasion with these small group activities. They each did a great job and really showed an understanding for the concepts presented.
You can find all these activities in the Winter Activity Bundle in our Teachers Pay Teachers store. Go pick up a bundle today for your kiddos, they are sure to enjoy it!
Sadly, our winter fun week is now over. We had a great time bringing winter to North Texas! If you are looking for some winter activities for your kiddos and try any of these, let us know. We love hearing from you!
We hope you will come back in a few days to read all about what we’ve been up to this week in our next Five For Friday. See you soon!