Dec 11, 2013

Let it Snow! - Winter Activities for Kids

If your looking for winter or Christmas crafts, ideas, and activities for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First grade students, you've found them! Download some FREE resources too while you're here. These snow and snowman themed activities will keep your students engaged and excited about the season!
Winter is here! The snow has begun to fall (and actually stick) here in Illinois, and the first thing two of my children wanted to do was to run outside and make snow angels!
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Seriously guys?! Snow angels in a 1/2 inch of snow - HA! Anyway, I love the excitement and emotion that the first snow brings.

Snow can make you feel so jittery with excitement...
...or give you the warm fuzzies as you cuddle by the fireplace.
(Yup! That's my baby!)

It seems that kids are always so calm when doing snow-related craft activities. Don't believe me? Try it! The next time your kiddos are acting off the wall, pull out some paper and crayons and tell them to draw a snowman on it...See what happens! And before you know it, you'll be pulling out snow activities to do all of the time!

Which means....
you're going to be needing some ideas, so let me give you some!

Let's kick things off with a FREE WINTER DOWNLOAD!
Download it here:

Our favorite winter craft so far this year has been this character frame ornament.
It comes with six different characters to choose from. I printed out some larger pictures of the kids and we glued them behind the frame. I told the kids they could give it as a holiday gift, or even just hang it up somewhere to be festive!

If you ask your students what they like to do most with or in the snow, your most common answer is probably...
BUILD A SNOWMAN!

So I entice my reluctant readers by telling them we are going to build a snowman in a book!
Huh? What?
That's right! We're going to build a snowman IN a book.

Use super fun, scent-a-licious Mr. Sketch crayons to highlight the sight words you want your littles to focus on.
I'm going to work on seeing if I can coax my Kinder-daughter to read through this book for you on video so that you can hear how each page goes...but until then, here is where you can find it:
Build a Snowman Emergent Reader

Now pair that emergent reader with a fun snowman craft! Don't forget to stock up on some paint.

Or try this one, which is my absolute favorite. Especially when you line them all up as decor outside your classroom in the hallway.

If you're looking for snowman ornament ideas, here are two I found on Pinterest that I'm considering doing this year. My own personal kids made this first one for me with their first grade teacher. 

I love, love, love this next idea. I mean, who can resist whimsical snowmen?!

Let's stop a minute and get you another FREE DOWNLOAD! 
I know this is December, but chances are you'll be planning for January soon, if you haven't started already. This download offers five printouts that you can sample of a much bigger curriculum that was made for Kindergarteners with the Kinder Common Core ELA & Math standards in mind. 
If your looking for winter or Christmas crafts, ideas, and activities for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First grade students, you've found them! Download some FREE resources too while you're here. These snow and snowman themed activities will keep your students engaged and excited about the season!
Download it here:

Ok, so we've covered some snowmen craft ideas, but what about snow itself? Or snowflakes?
Here are some ideas you can try out.

This pine branch snowflake printing is one I love to do every year. I've searched online for where this picture came from, but cannot figure it out for the life of me. Just know it wasn't my original idea! It sure makes beautiful snowflakes though - and the kids absolutely love using pine branches to make them.
 

This one from Lisa's Craft Blog gives a tutorial on how to make not only this adorable puzzle piece snowflake, but a evergreen tree as well!

You can also have fun ripping construction paper while making a beautiful snowy scene in this next one:

This next one is really cool. And another of my favorites! *Edit* I've gotten a lot of questions about this one, so let me show you what I used when we made these:
You can use a couple of things for the fluffy snow that goes inside of these. You can use plastic craft snow or glitter snow. Get 9 oz plastic cups like THESE ones. The lips are better for glueing the base on.

So that about wraps it up for this time. I think I've shown you plenty enough for today! 
Before I sign off though, I want to show you this December Holidays MEGA Pack that's full of all kinds of themes and activities. I know how crazy the holiday season gets, especially for teachers. This MEGA pack will save you time, time, and more time! (You'll need time for all the above crafts you're going to do, remember?!) So let me show you real quick and then I'll let you go...

Themes included are Polar Express, Gingerbread Man, Christmas Carols (with a Sight Words focus), Common Core aligned ELA & Math daily work and Quick Print activity sheets (that practice a wide variety of skills), Mrs. Claus, the Nativity, and more!

Here are what just a few of the pages look like...there are over 550 of them! Wow!
I would have to say my favorite pack in this bundle is the Christmas Carols one. Students practice high frequency words with Christmas Carols. Love it!

Anyway, so if you're looking for a way to save a ton of time, the work has already been done for you! 

You can get ahold of it here:

Well, that sums it all up. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and tons of fun in the snow!

-Til next time
     

If your looking for winter or Christmas crafts, ideas, and activities for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First grade students, you've found them! Download some FREE resources too while you're here. These snow and snowman themed activities will keep your students engaged and excited about the season!

15 comments:

  1. Becky I just love the snow and winter activities, they are just so cute, i love your blog

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  2. What did you use for the snow globe? I want to do this with my class but can't figure out what to use as the globe?

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    1. I was thinking the same thing-they are adorable! Just wasn't sure what to use :)

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    2. Is it just a plastic cup? I think they are adorable! What is used for the snow?

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    3. Yes please let us know how to make these ornaments. Love this idea!!!

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    4. I've made the snow globes before, but I use baby food jars. They are sturdy, and work well. Usually these are meant to parents more then the kids, so they are not really rough handled.

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    5. Hello! When I did the snow globes, I used the "snow" glitter, which can be found here: http://www.orientaltrading.com/looks-like-snow-opalescent-glitter-a2-57_7012.fltr. I buy bags and bags off this stuff because it can be used for so much! I used clear plastic tumblers that I found at Walmart. For the bottom, it doesn't really matter what you use because (for this one) there wasn't any water in it. You can use the cardboard from cereal boxes (cut it out to match the cup opening) and let the kids paint it white. Then just hot glue it to the cup. I've done the baby food jars before too and did put water in them. I can't remember what we put in them though, obviously not the pictures. Hope they work out well for you guys! Come back and post photos, I'd love to see how they turn out!

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  3. I LOVE these! I want to make them with my class this week. How did you get the pictures of the students to stay standing up inside the cup? Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Can't figure out how to stand the pictures ip

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  5. anyone figure out how to make photo stand up?

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    1. Leave extra paper on the bottom of the photo that you can bend and then glue on the bottom of the base.

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  6. I was thinking of hot gluing them to the bottom lid.

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  7. When cutting out pics, I would leave a flap at the bottom of each pic, maybe 1/2-1 inch long. Then laminate the pics, and cut out.
    Next I would cut a slit in the middle of the flap, going upwards toward the pic, and stop cutting when it reaches the bottom of the pic, essentially making 2 flaps.
    Then I would bend one flap forward, and the other flap back, and secure the flaps to whatever you're using for the bottom with hot glue.
    Having the flaps going in 2 opposing directing should help keep the pic upright, keeping it from leaning

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  8. When cutting out pics, I would leave a flap at the bottom of each pic, maybe 1/2-1 inch long. Then laminate the pics, and cut out.
    Next I would cut a slit in the middle of the flap, going upwards toward the pic, and stop cutting when it reaches the bottom of the pic, essentially making 2 flaps.
    Then I would bend one flap forward, and the other flap back, and secure the flaps to whatever you're using for the bottom with hot glue.
    Having the flaps going in 2 opposing directing should help keep the pic upright, keeping it from leaning

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  9. Hello, Did you let the salt dry before painting it? Thanks

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