Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Interactive Learning Wall for Kids: Snowman

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by by

This is a great activity board for teaching children about

  • shapes (rectangle, circles, triangle, square)
  • sizes (biggest circle, smallest circle)
  • colors (choose colors for the buttons, hat, and arms that you think the children need to learn)
  • counting (3 buttons)
  • emotions (turn mouth upside down to make a sad snowman)

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Freebie Friday: Snowflake Gross Motor Learning

Friday, January 27th, 2012 by by

So this past week, I saw two similar activities that I really LOVED. The first one is from Roots of Simplicity. She created a great gross motor reading activity by writing words on snowflakes and taping them to the ground (check out her post for details). Then, Emma at Mummy Mummy Mum linked up a very similar activity using dinosaur footprints.

Why do I love these activities? For one, they get kids UP AND MOVING while learning. Not only is this great for winter, when we tend to spend more times indoors, but children really benefit from learning activities that are multisensory. These activities can be adapted and tailored to target ALL kinds of objectives! Think about it… You can target letters, numbers, words, shapes, prepositions, basic concepts, irregular verbs, answering or asking WH questions…the possibilities are endless.

I decided to make my own set of snowflakes with letters and numbers on them, since my daughter is working on letter and number ID.

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Snowed In Fun: Indoor Snowball Fight

Monday, January 16th, 2012 by by

Jonah has been asking since October to have a snowball fight. He wants to go sledding, build a snowman, go ice skating, and above all: have a snowball fight.

The problem is, we haven’t had much snow this year. In November, we were able to go outside and enjoy a light dusting; other than that, the only snow we have gotten has been in conjunction with temperatures in the teens. It is followed by warm weather which immediately reduces the beautiful snow into muddy slushy sludge.

So now that the snow is falling heavily outside of our window, and little voices are asking to go out, what do I do considering that it is 18 degrees F?

We have a snowball fight, of course! One that requires no gloves or bulky coats that restrict movement, and it provides gross motor opportunities as well as tactile sensory integration!

Over the summer, I picked up some shower loofahs at the dollar store, 4 for $1. I bought twelve of them specifically for this activity, so I made sure that they were at least partially white (they had no all-white loofahs).

I did not show the loofahs to the kids, but instead, played up the idea that we are going to have a “snowball fight.” I asked them if they wanted to have a snowball fight INside, because it was too cold to go OUTside. Of course, the idea thrilled them. I brought them up to our play area, which is a nice spacious area with very little that can be knocked over or broken. If you do this in your living room, please remove any lamps, knick knacks, or pictures that could be broken.

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Layered Foam Snowflakes

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 by by
If you read last week’s Snow Scene post, then you remember I got a big bag of winter related foam shapes at a yard sale for $1.  We have made many fun kids crafts for my small investment.  Today, I will share how we made these layered foam snowflakes.
Supplies you will need:
  • Foam snowflakes
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Thread for hanging
Before the girls started constructing their layered snowflakes, they had fun taking the inserts out and putting them back in. “A” loves puzzles, so she really enjoyed this aspect of the activity.

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Snow Scene with Shredded Paper

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 by by

The snowman theme continues.  Today, I will show you how to make more snowmen using items I picked up for $1.  You are probably thinking that I got all my supplies at the dollar store.  Well, you’re wrong. I only got one of the items at the dollar store.  This summer, while visiting yard sales, I happened upon this large bag full of foam snowmen and snowflakes.  Even thought it was summer, I could not resist all these great items for just $1.  So I stored the bag away and was so proud when I actually found it recently.  If you haven’t stumbled upon a bag like this at a yard sale (odds are you have not), then you can just pick up some at Michael’s or your local craft store. (more…)

We’re Building Snowmen Over Here!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 by by

We have been building SNOWMEN!

OK, so they haven’t been real ones, but whatever. We’ll take what we can get… It doesn’t snow here in the bay! ;)

Yet again, I was inspired by an activity that was linked up at my Thrifty Thursday Linky Party. Jessica over at  Preserving Life’s Memories shared this adorable Felt Snowman Kit, and I fell in love. First of all, it’s felt. And I LOVE felt. Second? It’s super easy to make. I just cut out the pieces free hand. The best part is that you can ROLL IT UP when you are done and store it away! AWESOME!

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Glitter Snowflakes

Monday, December 19th, 2011 by by
You all know my love of glitter and the dollar store.  Well, this kids Christmas activity combines both of those things.  With just a few simple and inexpensive supplies, you can make some gorgeous holiday decor to brighten up your place.
Supplies you will need:
  • Packing foam snowflakes from dollar store
  • Glitter
  • Glue, cup, and brush
The snowflakes came in a package of 6, which is a great deal for $1.  They are made of the same kind of thin foam you would use to wrap things.  These things are just begging to be glittered don’t you think?

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Making Snowman Pops

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by by

It’s become a necessity to take treats to your child’s class on his or her birthday, so today was my turn. Troy is not a cake or cupcake child. He loves the idea, proceeds to eat the icing, then says “Mommy, I don’t like this” and throws the rest away. It makes me cringe every time I see all that food go wasted, and I personally don’t want to eat every single one that he or Will (who is the exact same way) throw away. I wasn’t sure what to do and came across Snowman Pops in Parents magazine. They are Oreo cookies, marshmallows, and vanilla and chocolate coating. PERFECT! However, I am not great at reproducing these awesome ideas, I see so I enlisted some help from the husband. We tackled this chore Sunday afternoon. Yes, we passed up watching football so you know just how important this was for us!

What you need:
Oreos
Mini chocolate chips for making eyes and mouth
Orange candy or orange icing for nose
Large Marshmallows for hats
Vanilla Candy Melts or Vanilla CandiQuick
Chocolate Candy Melts or Chocolate CandiQuick
Lollipop Sticks
Foam Block

1) Melt the vanilla candy melts as directed and dip the oreos in it to completely cover. I did this by hand and smoothed the edges, adding more coating as needed with the back of a spoon. Set on wax paper. Add the chocolate chips to eyes and mouth while it’s setting so that they set into the coating. Trim the orange candy or apply the orange icing to make the nose.

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Winter Craft: Sock Snowman

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 by by

*This craft is suitable for ages 2 and up. Just increase or decrease assistance depending on age.

Materials:

  • 1 plain white adult sport sock about 12 inches long
  • old newspaper sheets
  • piece of white string (about 10 inches long)
  • 1 short adult sock of any color (except white) for hat
  • 2 large googly eyes (1/2 inch)
  • black felt
  • 1 orange foam sheet (or orange felt)
  • any color of felt for scarf
  • thin Popsicle sticks (or coffee stir sticks or brown pipe cleaners)
  • black Sharpie marker
  • scissors
Instructions:

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And Winter Marches on…

Friday, February 18th, 2011 by by

Snow can wait, I forgot my mittens. Wipe my nose.

Get my new boots on

I get a little warm in my heart

When I think of winter

I put my hand in my father’s glove.

I just came in from taking my dog for a five minute walk around the neighborhood.  But it took me ten minutes to put on an extra sweatshirt, a coat, my gloves, my boots, and a scarf.  I’m not complaining, mind you–far from it.  I would gladly wrap up every time I ventured out rather than risk sweating just to walk to the mailbox.

I run off where the drifts get deeper. Sleeping beauty trips me with a frown

I hear a voice, “You must learn to stand up, for yourself, Cause I can’t always be around.”

It starts in early November with the smell of apples cooking on the stove, and a sense of giddiness takes over with the thought of cold weather! Then the time changes!  Now when I go to bed at 8:00 it is pitch dark out!  The feelings of my energy draining to my melting shoes, sweating profusely, and my skull exploding when I get in a 200 degree car are but memories.

He says,”When you gonna make up your mind? When you gonna love you as much as I do? When you gonna make up your mind? Cause things are gonna change so fast. All the white horses are still in bed. I tell you that I’ll always want you near. You say that things change my dear…”

I have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and maybe I have it. Only I get it in the summer.  Yep, I regard summer and (more…)

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