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Simple Winter Activities for Preschool

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Are you looking for simple prep winter activities that you can do with your preschool-aged child? If so, you’re in the right place because I’m excited to share some easy activity ideas that you can do with your child this winter.

Check out these simple winter activities for littles and let me know which is your favorite!

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SNOWMAN COUNTING

With just a few supplies you can create this snowman themed activity for working on number recognition and counting.

My youngest loved this snowman counting activity!

Here’s how to make your own:

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HOW TO

First, grab a sheet of paper and sketch an outline of a snowman on it. Then, cut out multiple snowman hats (I used colored paper for this) and label each hat with a number. Set out the snowman, hats, and a tray of buttons. Ask your child to pick a hat, identify the number, then count and add that many buttons to their snowman! If your child is ready for addition, write simple addition facts on each hat instead of just numbers.

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SNOWY LETTERS FIND & WRITE

This snow-themed letter recognition activity is SO FUN! Both my girls were super engaged and it made for the perfect simple winter activity.

MATERIALS

Baking Tray

Salt

Dry Erase Marker

-Paper & Pencil

-Paintbrush

HOW TO

First, use a dry erase marker and write letters all over a basic baking tray. Then, cover the tray with salt. Hand your child a paintbrush and have them brush away the “snow” and identify letters as they go. If your child is ready to write, give them a plain sheet of paper to write each letter they find as they go. When you are all done pour the salt into a bag and erase away the letters for easy cleanup!

Seriously, this SNOWY LETTERS activity was such a hit! You have to try it!

TAPE RESIST SNOWFLAKES

Kids love tape resist crafts because it sort of seems like magic to them! They paint or color over the tape and after, they peel it off to reveal a beautiful design! For example, this winter snowflake craft had my girls squealing with excitement upon reveal!

Here is how you can make your own winter tape resist craft:

MATERIALS

-Paper or Small Canvas

Masking Tape

Paint (various shades of blue & white)

Round Sponge Brush

HOW TO

Use the masking tape to create a snowflake design on your canvas. Then, set out the paint in various shades of blue and give your child a round sponge brush. Have your child sponge paint the entire canvas blue, covering all the white spots (including tape). Let it dry and then peel off the tape. As a result, they’ll be excited to see a beautiful snowflake design!

ICY WINTER WATER BIN

BRRRR… yes it is cold, but trust me when I say kids LOVE WATER BINS! You probably have everything you need to prep this activity right now and in just a few hours you’ll be ready for some icy fun!

Related: 2 -Ingredient Fake Snow Sensory Play

MATERIALS

Ice Cube trays

Food Dye

-Storage Bin

-Optional Tools: squeeze bottle, funnel, cups, measuring cups, spoon, etc. (use what you have in your kitchen)

HOW TO

Fill a few ice cube trays with water and add a drop of food dye to each. I stuck with blue and purple hues. Freeze in the freezer. Once frozen pop them out into a large storage bin and add a few tools for playing. I like to add a squeeze bottle and pitcher of colored WARM water to the bin too. Sit back and watch your littles play! *Don’t forget to set the bin on top of a large beach towel and set those boundaries. Have Fun!

These winter activities for kids are super simple to prep and FUN!

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SNOWBALL NAMES

This name activity is an old favorite, but did you know you can totally rock it THREE DIFFERENT WAYS? If not, now you do! So take a peek at the photo, then read up below to pick your favorite and get to creating!

All three ways start the same. Grab a blue sheet of construction paper and write your child’s name across it.

For marshmallow names, ask your child to outline the letter in their name with Elmer’s glue then have them stick mini marshmallows on top.

For dot sticker names, all you need is white dot stickers. Have your child peel and stick the snowball stickers onto their letters.

And lastly, for snowball paint dots use a clothespin and cotton ball to create a paint dabber. Have your child dab the cotton ball in white paint and dab it onto each letter like snowball prints.

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PLAY DOUGH LOOSE PARTS SNOWFLAKE

Loose part activities are awesome for young learners because it lets them be creative and encourages them to think outside the box. For this setup, I simply made a new batch of white playdough and let the girls go town creating snowflakes with random loose part supplies.

Here is what you need to create your own simple loose part snowflake activity:

MATERIALS

-Play Dough

-Loose Parts (glass gems, mini erasers, cut straws, pipe cleaners, etc.)

How To

Set out play dough and a tray of loose parts. Start by asking your child to create a snowflake outline then have them decorate it with loose parts.

These simple winter activities are the best because you can prep them in no time and your kids will have so much fun learning and playing.

Related: How to Make Homemade Play Dough

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MARSHMALLOW SNOW SHAPES

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love a good snacktivity! Have fun practicing basic shapes with this snowball themed setup!

MATERIALS

Marshmallows

Pretzel Sticks

HOW TO

Set out a pile of marshmallows and pretzels then ask your child to create various shapes by connecting them. You can work on 2D or 3D shapes. Do it together and have fun naming and identifying shapes as you snack away.

So which activity is your favorite? I have to say I am loving how our tape resist snowflakes turned out! Let me know if you try one of these activities and be sure to follow us over on IG @engaging_littles for daily fun!

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LOOSE PARTS SNOWMAN

This is a MUST-DO activity! My girls went crazy over this simple setup and had so much fun creating their very own loose parts snowman.

MATERIALS

-Paper Plates

-Paper Towel Tubes

-Pom-Poms

-Buttons

-Pipe Cleaners

-Googly Eyes

HOW TO

Simple set out all loose parts and invite your child to build a snowman! *You can use a variety of craft supplies or household items for this activity. No real rules on what to include – just think about what they would need to create a snowman. 🙂

Need more winter-themed activities for Pre-K?

I have a fun set of center style activities, printables, and hands-on ideas that are perfect for adding lots of winter-themed fun to your days! Check out my PreK Winter Themed Resource below and reach out if you have any questions.

You can also find them in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop Here!

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