Friday, December 17, 2010

December 19-25: Winter

Book Suggestions:
Winter's Tale by Robert Sabuda
Winter In White by Robert Sabuda
Winter Friends by Carl R. Sams
Animals In Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
Welcome Winter by Jill Ackerman
Winter Babies Wear Layers by Michelle Sinclair Colman
It's Winter by Linda Glaser
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen


5 Little Snowflakes:
Materials: White construction paper, scissors, popsicle sticks (optional), glitter, crayons or markers (also optional)
Description: If your child is old enough, have them help you make snowflakes from white construction paper. To create a paper snowflake, cut your construction paper into a square first. Then fold your square in half (to make a rectangle). Fold it in half again (to make it back into a square). Then fold it from corner to corner to make a triangle. Draw a curved line and cut on the line (This will cut off one of the corners of your triangle). Finally cut shapes out of your paper. Open it back up and you will have a snowflake. If you do not want to make your own snowflakes, you could always print them from clip-art. Make 5 snowflakes.
Your child can decorate the snowflakes with crayons, markers, glitter or other craft materials. Glue the snowflakes onto popsicle sticks to make puppets. Say the fingerplay 5 Little Snowmen (found in the songs and fingerplays section) with your child and use the puppets to act it out!

Winter Tree:
Materials: Brown construction paper, pencil with an eraser, white paint, cotton balls
Description: Talk to your toddler about what a winter tree looks like. Create a bare winter tree by tracing your child's arm and hand onto the brown construction paper. Cut out their arm (the trunk) and their hand and fingers (the branches) and glue this to another piece of paper. You child can add detail to their picture by dipping the eraser side of a pencil in white paint and stamping it on the paper, as falling snow. They can glue cotton balls to the bottom of the paper and onto the tree branches as snow also.

Snow Man Shapes:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Before beginning this activity, cut 2 large circles (for the snowman's body), smaller cirlces for eyes and mouth, a small triangle for a nose, long rectangle for arms, a square for his hat. Talk about the different shapes with your toddler. Using the shapes you and your toddler can build a snowman together, by glueing the pieces together.

Dress for Winter:
Materials: Jacket, hats, gloves or mittens, boots, scarf
Description: Talk about how we dress for winter for your toddler. Have them try to dress themselves to get ready to go outside in the cold weather. They could also do this activity by dressing up a baby doll or stuffed animal for the cold weather.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear:
Materials: Print or draw animals in the book Polar Bear Polar Bear, a copy of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, crayons, popsicle sticks (optional)
Description: Read this book to your toddler and hold up each animal as you read about them. Read the book again and have your toddler hold up the animals. After you have read the book several times, have your toddler use the animal puppets and retell the story themselves. Have your toddler hold up each puppet and make the sounds that the animals make.

Shaving Cream Snowmen:
Materials: Plastic table cloth, shaving cream
Description: You and your toddler will have a blast making shaving cream snowmen. Cover your table or floor with a large plastic table cloth. Spray several bottles of shaving cream on the plastic and let your child build their own snowman. You may want to do this activity also, because it can be pretty messy!

Indoor Snowball Fight:
Materials: Cotton Balls or tissue paper
Description: Have an indoor snowball fight with your toddler. You can use cotton balls or wad up tissue paper and let the fun begin!

Matching Mittens:
Materials: Construction paper, scissors
Description: Before beginning this activity cut out several pairs of mittens, each in a different color. (You can decorate each pair if you would like. Just be sure that the pairs look the same) Lay the mittens out for your toddler to see. Have your child pick out the pairs that look the same. You can have your little one tell you what colors they are and what is the same about them. You can also have your child tell you why some mittens are different than the others.

Songs and Fingerplays:

5 Little Snowflakes:
5 little snowflakes falling from the sky

The first one fell right before my eyes.

The second one floated slowly down.

The third one didn't make a sound.

The fourth snowflake fell on the tip of my nose.

The fifth snowflake landed right on my toes.

10 Little Snowflakes
1 little 2 little 3 little snowflakes
4 little 5 little 6 little snowflakes
7 little 8 little 9 little snowflakes
10 little snowflakes falling down.

(Sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)
Wind is blowing round and round
Snow has covered up the ground.
Bundle up with lots of clothes,
Wear your boots to warm your toes.

The bears are sleeping in their dens.

Wintertime is here again.

Online Fun:
Make your own snowflake:
You toddler can create their own uniques snowflakes.
Visit to also create your own snowflakes.

Dress The Snowman:
Your toddler and create their own snowmen, over and over, again by changing their clothes, hats, eyes, nose, mouth. This activity can be found at

1 comment:

Shonda said...

I'm going to use some of these ideas next month. Also, I'm taking a Teaching Preschool class and I have to make a lesson plan so these ideas will be perfect!

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