Download the snow week planning guide for simple, hands-on play and learn ideas to use at home or in your preschool classroom!
Hide the Snowballs: Get out cotton balls or jumbo marshmallows to use for this game. Each one is a snowball! Hide a few around the room. Make sure they are all out of view. Give directions using positional and directional words as clues double checking that your preschooler is responding correctly. Also use “hot” and “cold” as clues to add a little more fun to the game. Find all of the snowballs and then switch up how the game is played! For more of a challenge, have your preschooler ask questions to move around the room. For example, “Should I move sideways?” or “Should I crawl under the table?” to move closer and closer to the hidden snowball. Then switch roles and let your preschooler give you the directions to find the hidden snowballs!
Igloo Cover: Print the printable igloo cover page. Gather small paper cups (like the ones you use to brush your teeth). Add numbers to the circles. Write numbers on the bottom of the paper cups. The paper cups are the pretend igloos. The object is to cover up the numbers on the paper with the matching igloo cups. Change up the game by writing a simple addition sentence on the cup OR having your preschooler cover the number that comes after the number on the cup. Print a few copies of the printable page to change up the game.
Snowy Painting: Use a blue paper or poster board for the background when painting snow. Set the paper up on an easel or on the table. Use white paint to paint a snowman, the snow on the ground, and snowflakes in the sky. Use a Q-tip or the end of a pencil eraser to create small snowflakes. Add details to the picture with a small paintbrush. Hang the paper to display the winter painting!
Snowflake Hunt: Print these snowflakes or create your own out of white paper. Write one letter of the alphabet on each snowflake and hang them on the wall around the room. Using a paper and clipboard, walk around the room looking for all of the letters on the snowflakes. Write down each letter that is found on the paper. Another option is to write the letters on the paper before giving it to your preschooler and then color or cross off each letter as each is found.
Snowball Fight: Use rolled socks as snowballs. Scatter the snowballs around the room. Place a bin, laundry basket, or cardboard box or plastic bin to catch snowballs in the snowball fight. Using small shovels or large ladles or spoons, scoop up the snowballs and toss them in the basket! Keep throwing and scooping the snowballs until all of the snowballs are collected.
Play Dough Snowball Smashing: Create as many white play dough balls as possible. Working together to do this with your preschooler could be the first step of the activity. Put all of the play dough balls (the pretend snowballs) on a tray. Make small number cards using numbers that need practice, probably under 10 unless there are a lot of snowballs. Pick a number and it’s time to smash the snowballs! Smash the correct number of play dough snowballs with a toy hammer or your hand. Count out loud while smashing the play dough. Pick another number and play again!
Snow Stamping: Draw big bubble letters of the word SNOW or SNOWFLAKE or SNOWMAN on paper. Writing each letter on a different piece of paper would encourage more time spent filling the letters with stamps. Spread the letters out on the table or floor. Use letter stamps to stamp the matching letters on to each letter in the word. To make the activity more successful, pull out only the letters needed from the set of stamps. If you don’t have letter stamps, use letter stickers, have your preschooler write the matching letter on the letters in the word, or print out multiple letters from the computer and cut them out for your preschooler to glue on.
Paper Plate Ice Skates: This is a simple movement activity that preschoolers love! Use paper plates as ice skates. Each foot will need a paper plate to stand on. Paper plate ice skating works best on carpet. Skate using different speeds, set up races between preschoolers, and skate to music!
Snowman Shape Sort: Print the shape snowman pages on colored paper. Cut the pages in half. Spread the shape snowmen out on the floor. Identify the shapes on the snowmen. Now look around the room for smaller items that are those shapes. Bring the item to the shape snowman and set it on the card. Gather as many items as possible that are the shapes included on the cards. During this activity do not worry if the item is a 3D shape instead of the 2D shape shown on the card.
Snowball Drop: Gather white beads, pom poms, or cotton balls to use as small snowballs. Put them on a tray or in a bowl. Find an empty glass jar, bowl or drinking glass to use and put it on the tray. Using kid-friendly squeezers or any tweezer or small tongs that you have at home. Squeeze one snowball at a time and drop it into the jar. Keep going until all of the snowballs are in the jar. Add number cards to the activity to use to pick up that many snowballs and drop them in the jar. See an example here.
Snowball Hopscotch: Play hopscotch with a snowball as your number marker! Draw a traditional hopscotch board out of chalk on the sidewalk or driveway. Or if needed, create a hopscotch board out of painter’s tape on the floor inside. Use rolled socks, or a balled up piece of print paper as your snowball to toss when it is your turn!
Cutting Snowballs: Trace different sized circles on a piece of paper. Spread them out to make it easier for little hands. Practice scissor skills and cut out each circle to create snowballs. Glue them on a paper to create a snowman!
Download the snow theme editable planning sheet. Add learning ideas from the list below in this column or from the watermelon week activities!