Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Snow Preschool Lesson Plans

Snow themed preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

It's All About Snow!!! Preschool Lesson Plans

Big, fluffy snowflakes are just so beautiful. Not that I'm a huge fan of the cold, but I do enjoy watching them fall from the sky every once in a while. With the cold weather season in full motion, it's a great time to do a snow theme. Come along and investigate snow with me. 

Games/Math/Science



Counting Snowballs
Use an empty egg carton for this activity. Supply the children with white pom poms. Write numbers in the bottom of the egg carton sections. Have the children place the appropriate number of pom poms in each section.




Snowman Counting
Make snowmen shapes on index cards. Write numbers on the hat of each snowman. Provide the children with colored pom-pom. The children look at the number on the hat and place the appropriate number of pom poms on the snowman.



Snowman Number Matching
Make snowmen shapes on index cards. Write numbers on the bellies of one set and matching buttons on another set. I.e. 1 card with the number "1", and a matching card with one button. Mix the cards up, and have the children find the matches.




Snowman Color Matching
Make snowmen shapes on index cards. Create different colored hats in pairs. Have the children match the snowmen based on the color of their hat.

Snowman Sorting
Make snowmen shapes on index cards. Make each snowman a little different. Have some with black hats, some with red, some with three buttons, some with two, some with scarves, some without. Then have the children sort the snowmen. Ask the child how they sorted the snowmen.

Snowman Bowling
Attach a snowman image to a bowling pin, or a pop bottle with a little bit of sand in the bottom. Set up the pins and have the children try to knock them over with a ball.



Connect Four
You can place snowflake stickers on the pieces of a "Connect Four" game. Play the game according to the traditional rules.

Sequencing Snowballs
Provide the children with three different sized foam ball for the children to sequence. If you have multiple sets you could also have the children sort the balls by size.

Play Doh Fun
Winter shaped cookie cutters and play-doh can provide a sensory experience. The children could also roll white play-doh into three different sized balls to create a snowman.

Snowball Toss
Have the children toss foam ball into a basket for a fun gross motor game.

Parachute Snowballs
Add foam balls to your parachute activity. Have the children try to get the snowballs off the parachute or keep them on.

Blue Cling Wrap
Place blue cling wrap on a window so the children can look outside through it. You could also make toilet paper binoculars with blue cling wrap on the ends.

Snowflake Match
Create snowflakes using different shapes as the base of the snowflake, like a triangle, square etc. Make one big and one little of each shape. Have the children pick a snowflake, then find the matching snowflake shape.

Build in the Snow 
I hope if you have snow, you know how to do this one!!! LOL Three years ago we built this elephant. Damian loved to climb on top of it.

Inside skate
Have your child "skate" around inside. All you need is socks, and a floor that is not carpeted. Have fun!!!! It was also suggested to me that you can tie coloring books to your child's feet and "skate" on carpeting!

Footprint fun 
On a day that the snow has just fallen, ask the children to describe the snow on the ground. The children should see that there snow is smooth, and there aren't any footprints in the snow. Have the children walk across the snow, and have them turn around and look at their footprints. Have them follow their footprints back.

Picture Matching 
Find snow stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card.

Hot or Cold Weather 
Cut out many articles from magazines that represent hot, or cold weather. Ask your child to tell you which pictures are hot weather, and which are cold weather.

Summer or Winter Clothes 
Gather an assortment of clothes for summer and winter seasons. Show your child each piece of clothes, and ask your child if the clothing is winter or summer clothing.

Winter Activities 
Ask your child what activities can be done in the summer, but not the winter. And vice versa.

Lacing Cards 
Cut colored poster board into a winter shape (snowflake, snowman, mitten, hat) and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.

Stamping Patterns 
Use Winter Theme rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Winter Shape Match Up 
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups: (Use your own Winter Shapes... mitten, hat, snowflake, etc)
---Cut out Winter Shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one Winter Shape. Ask the children to find one person with the same color Winter Shape.
---Cut out Winter Shapes from different colors of paper. Cut the Winter Shapes in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a Winter Shape, and ask them to find the person with the other half.
Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the Winter Shape pieces are distributed.
---Cut out Winter Shapes from one color of paper. Cut the Winter Shapes in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a Winter Shape, and ask them to find the person with the other half.
Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the Winter Shape pieces are distributed.
---Cut the Winter Shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of Winter Shapes with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the Winter Shapes with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one Winter Shape and have them find the child with their match.
---Cut the Winter Shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers on two Winter Shapes. Give each child one Winter Shape and have them find the child with their match.
---Cut the Winter Shapes from one color of paper. Cut the Winter Shapes in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Place matching stickers on each half of a Winter Shape. Give each child one Winter Shape half and have them find the child with their match.
---Place matching Winter stickers on separate index cards. Give each child a card and ask them to find the child with their match.
---Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the Winter Shape to the file folder and laminate it's match.

Winter Shape Hop 
Cut out large Winter shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one Shape to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.

Mitten Hide and Seek 
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a mitten in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the mitten, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the mitten.

Mitten Hide and Seek 
Play the game the same as above, except hide the mitten. Then tell the children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the relation of the mitten. Allow the other children to have a change to hide the mitten, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game.

Winter Shape Fishing Game 
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and Winter Shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each Winter Shape. Spread the Winter Shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the Winter Shape. Have them try to catch the star or the biggest tree. For a twist, label the Winter Shapes with letters or numbers.

Winter Shaped Games 
The following games require you to cut out many different winters Shapes from construction paper. You may choose to laminate these Winter Shapes so they last longer.

Mitten Sizing 
Cut out many different sized Mittens. Ask the children to line up the mittens from largest to smallest.

Hat Sizing: 
Cut out many different sized hats. Ask the children to line up the hats from largest to smallest.

Snowflake Sizing: 
Cut out many different sized snowflakes. Ask the children to line up the snowflakes from largest to smallest.

Hat, Mitten, Snowflake Numbers 
Cut out ten shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the shapes from one to ten.

Winter Shape Colors 
Ask the children to sort the shapes by color.

Hat and Mitten Sort: 
Supply the children with plenty of hat and mitten shapes of many sizes and colors. Ask the children to sort the shapes by size, color or type.

Build a Snowman 
Supply the children with three white felt circles of different sizes, and other pieces for the features.. like an orange triangle for the nose, black circles for the eyes and buttons, a hat. Invite the children to make a snowman out of the pieces.

Sensory Snow: 
-Place some snow in your sand and water table for the children to experience.
-Supply the children with some snow and a balance or scale
-Look at a snowflake under a microscope
-Make snow cones (not with real snow)
-Watch snow melt
-Time how long it takes one tablespoon of snow to melt, compare that to the time it will take one cup of snow to melt.

What Time is it Jack Frost? 
Played like "What time is it Mr. Fox?"

Pretend to be a snowflake 
Ask the children to pretend to be a graceful snowflake falling from the sky. You could even play soothing music for them to dance to.

Sledding 
Provide the children with a sled and pull them around on it. Can you say "exercise"? LOL

Snowman, Snowman, Where's Your Nose?
Played like "Doggie Doggie, Where's Your Bone?"
Children sit in a circle. The teacher chooses one child to be the snowman, that child sits in the middle of the circle and hides their eyes. Then the teacher gives a toy to one child. The child hides the toy behind their back, while the other children pretend to have the toy, by holding their hands behind their backs. The children then chant:
Snowman, Snowman, Where's Your Nose?
Somebody took it from your home

Upstairs, Downstairs, by the telephone
Wake up Snowman, Find your Nose.
The child in the middle now can uncover their eyes. The child guesses which child they think had the toy (nose) by pointing at the child. The child shows his/her hands. The child in the middle gets up to three guesses. Regardless of whether the child in the middle was successful, the child who was hiding the toy, now sits in the middle.

Melting 
Have the children pretend they are a snowman that is melting.

Snowflakes up Close
Take a magnifying glass or microscope outside so you can examine the snowflakes up close. 

Songs



Sing "Frosty the Snowman"

If All the Raindrops 
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la,
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la,
If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!


If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la,
If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!


Snacks


Snowman Cupcake

Make your favorite cupcakes. After they cool add white frosting. Place two marshmallows onto a toothpick and insert into the center of the cupcake. Gel frosting can be used on the marshmallows for eyes and a nose. (Raisins were used in this example).



Biscuit Snowman
Use a pre-made biscuit mix or use your favorite recipe. Connect three together , affix raisins for the eyes, mouth and buttons, pretzels for the arms and bake. When cool use orange frosting gel for the nose.

Snowman Cookies
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make these cookies. When cool let the children decorate with frosting and confections.



Snowman Marshmallows
Connect three marshmallows with a pretzel. Add pretzels for arms and use gel frosting for features.



Powdered Doughnut Holes
Pretend the doughnut holes are snowballs.

Cracker Cream Cheese Snowmen
Use two round crackers and cream cheese to create a snowman shape. Add facial features with frosting gel.

Arts and Crafts




Cotton Snowmen
Let your child use cotton balls to glue on blue paper to create a snowman!! If your child is older that three, you can glue beads on for the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons!


Paper Snowflakes 
Help your child make paper snowflakes. Hang them from the ceiling, and from the tree. Last year I got butcher paper, and I made 3 foot snowflakes, with my son, for my front window, and my parents. They loved them.

Fingerprint Snowmen 
Show the children how to make fingerprints on a piece of paper. Then, have them try to make a few snow men. With a big fingerprint on the bottom, medium in the middle and small on the top. Have the children add features with a pencil.

Paper Plate Snowman
Each child will need a paper plate, a Popsicle stick, scrap paper, glue and scissors. Have the child cut out scrap pieces of paper to create a mouth and nose, glue pieces onto the plate. Cut out two circles for the eyes, and add a Popsicle stick to create a mask.


Winter Clothes 
Supply the children with stencils of winter clothes and boy and girl shapes, and lots of different papers, or wall paper. Have the children trace the stencils and cut them out. Have them glue the winter clothes onto the boy/girl shape.

Snow Salt Art 
Saturate hot water with salt. Let the water cool, and have the child use the salt water to paint on black paper. Then after it dries, have the child look at the crystals of salt on the paper.

Snowflake Rubbing
Create different snowflake shapes with either tag board or cardboard. Place the shapes under a piece of white paper and have the child rub over the shape with a blue or purple crayon.



Pine tree Art 
Provide a child with a pine tree branch, paint and a piece of paper and have the child dip the pine tree branch in the paint and use as a paintbrush.

Tin Foil Art
Supply the children with blue paint, paintbrushes and tin foil to create a picture on a different texture.



Torn Paper Snow Pictures 
Supply the children with a full sheet of blue paper and half sheet of white paper. Ask them to make a winter scene by tearing pieces of the white paper and gluing them onto the blue paper. Small amounts of other colored paper may be used.

Shaving Cream Snowman
This project was made by mixing shaving cream with glue. A Popsicle stick was used to spread the mixture onto the paper. Scraps of paper can be used for eyes, nose, mouth, hat, buttons and arms. In the images, white paper was used. I would suggest a different color such as blue, or mixing blue paint or food coloring into the shaving cream mix.



Sponge Printing
Provide the children with winter shaped sponges. Have the children press the sponge into some paint and press onto a piece of paper. For more detailed art, paint the sponge with a paintbrush, then press onto the paper.

Snowman Treasures Collage
Based on the book "Snowballs". Have the children create a snowman from art scraps. Your can use construction paper or scrapbook paper scraps. The children may cut or tear the paper to shape it. Add ribbons, buttons or other items that you have around. You can even ask parents to donate materials.


Mittens 
Most advanced: They may draw their own mitten shape onto a piece of paper and cut it out on their own. Then have them decorate it with markers, crayons, paint, sequins, glitter, ribbons, bows, lace... whatever you can come up with.
Moderate: You draw the mitten shape onto a piece of paper and the children cut it out on their own. Then have them decorate it.
Simple: You draw the mitten shape onto a piece of paper and the cut it out for them. Then have them decorate it.

Snowman Banner 
Make a snowman template with butcher paper. (See picture) Have the children glue cotton balls onto the snowman. Add felt features such as a hat, nose, eyes, scarf.. etc.
This banner can also be made with paint. The children can apply the paint with paintbrushes, cotton balls, their fingers, a scrubby or other item.
You could also mix glue with shaving cream and apply that to the snowman shape to create a textured picture.


Snowman Templates
Provide the children with a template sheet. Have the children cut out shapes to match the template. Then have the children glue the shapes onto a piece of paper.
The children can decorate their snowman with bits of colored construction paper, crayons, markers or other items.


Coconut Snowman
Place glue on a piece of paper in the shape of a snowman. Have the children add coconut to the paper. Then use raisins for the eyes and buttons.




Painting with snowballs, Cotton Ball Art
Let the children use cotton balls as paintbrushes to create a winter scene. The children can use the cotton ball with their fingers, or you can attach a clothes pin to the cotton ball to make it easier to manage. I suggest black or blue paper with white paint.

Marshmallow Snowman Scene
Have the children make a snow scene with white paint. They can use marshmallows to paint with, smaller ones for the snowflakes and larger ones to make a snowman. The children can add details with orange and black paint. After dry they can add a piece of construction paper for a scarf.

Fingerprint Snowman Scene
Have the children make a snow scene with white paint. They can use their pinky to make snowflakes and their thumb and fingers to make a snowman. The children can add details with orange and black paint. After dry they can add a piece of construction paper for a scarf.





Snowman Foot
Paint a child's foot white. Press the foot onto a piece of blue paper. When dry add eyes, nose and mouth to the head (heel of the foot) and other features using construction paper.



Crayon and Paint Scene
Have the children color a picture on blue paper. When they are finished, have them paint over the picture with white paint, before the paint dries add silver or white glitter. The paint will not stick to the crayon so it creates a neat design.

Snow Globe
Have the children create a snow globe scene. You can precut the shapes for them to glue, or have them cut or tear them themselves.



Toothpick Snowflakes
Have the children paint toothpicks white. After the paint has dried, they can glue the toothpicks onto a sheet of blue or black paper.

Shower Scrub Snowman
This pictures was created by using a shower scrub as a paint brush. Children dip the scrub into the paint and dab onto the paper. children can create a snowman or snow scene. After the paint dries add features to your picture with construction paper or crayons.




Shaving Cream Art
Put some shaving cream onto the table or on a cookie sheet. Have the children draw pictures or their names in the shaving cream. They can pretend the shaving cream is snow. They can also pile up the shaving cream to make a three dimensional art project.

Parent Pleaser Snowman
Cut out snowmen shapes and hats from art foam. Have the children glue the hat and draw buttons on the snowman. Insert a picture of the child as a face and attach a magnet onto the back.



Q-tip Snowflake
Place a quarter sized glob of glue on a piece of wax paper. Have the children place six q tip ends in the glue add glitter to the glue and allow to dry. After the glue has dried you can remove it from the wax paper and hang in your room. The children can also paint the q-tips before they glue them.

Toilet Paper Tube Snowman
Cut out snowmen shapes From white paper. Have the children decorate the shape, then affix to a toilet paper tube. Use a plastic egg carton section for a hat.




Circle Snowmen
Have the children cut out two different sized circles, then they can glue the circles to a piece of paper and decorate as a snowman.

Winter Stickers Art
Supply the children with snow or snowman stickers. Have the children apply the stickers to a piece of paper to create a winter scene.

Paper Plate Snowman
Provide the children with a large and small paper plate and art scraps to create a snowman.



Hands Pyramid
Paint the child's hand white, and place three hand prints on the bottom of the page. Paint the other hand blue and place one hand print at the top. Then have the child mix the paint on their hands and make two light blue hand prints in the middle. (In the demo, red and white were used)





Contact Paper Art
You will need a picture of a snowflake other winter image. A reverse image is needed if the letter or picture can be backwards, such as the letter "E". Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. (Pieces of a plastic lei were used for the photo of this project) Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.



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