We’re in the middle of winter, which means it’s snow season here in Iowa! My kids love it, especially when they can go out and play in the snow! I’ve been doing snow activities with my preschooler and I’m excited to share with you what we’ve been up to!
Snow Themed Activities
To keep the long days of winter more exciting and to encourage learning through play, we’ve been doing these activities:
- alphabet and name recognition with our snowball letters
- writing practice in snow cream
- counting and one-to-one correspondence with our snowman game
- art and fine motor activity with our cute snowman craft
- building gross motor skills with our snowball toss and catch
- snow science experiment
- sensory play with snow slime
- singing fun songs about the snow
- reading wonderful books about snow
You can see what we’ve been doing and grab the free printables below!!
Snowball Alphabet Letters
An important skill for preschoolers to work on is recognizing alphabet letters. I created a printable and fun activity to help these little ones learn alphabet letters and even spell their name.
Here’s how you set it up.
- Download the printable found at the bottom of this post and open it up in Adobe Reader.
- This printable is editable, meaning you can customize it so the snowballs spell your child’s name. On the last page of the printable, there is a page with empty snowballs. When you open it up in Adobe Reader, you should be able to see blue boxes on the snowballs. Click on the blue box and type in a letter. After you’ve customized it, you can print it.
- If you don’t feel like customizing the printable, there’s also an option to print the uppercase or lowercase snowball letters.
- Cut out the snowball letters and glue a magnet to the backside.
- Practice arranging the letters to create your child’s name. You can place it on a magnetic cookie sheet, refrigerator, or something similar.
Snow Cream Writing
This is a fun sensory activity, as well as a great way to practice beginning writing. It’s really not snow we’re using, just shaving cream! I wanted a fun activity to practice letter and number formations, so I used shaving cream on a tray. You don’t need a lot, but just spray the tray and smooth it down with a spatula. Then have your child practice writing out letter or numbers.
You may want to check out my winter alphabet handwriting sheets to help your child learn to write letters with the correct letter formations.
Counting Snowman Game
For this activity, children will be counting and working on one-to-one correspondence.
Here’s how to set up the game:
- Print the snowball counting printable (download is at the bottom of this post) and cut the sheets in half. Mix them up and set them in a stack.
- Set a pile of cotton balls next to the sheets.
- On a clear container, draw a face of a snowman. (We used a large mason jar and printed out a picture of a snowman’s head.)
Here’s how to play the game:
- Have your child find a counting sheet, match the cotton balls to the circles, and count them up.
- Then pour the cotton balls into the clear container.
- Continue playing until all the cotton balls have filled the container.
- If you have a child who is ready to count more, have them count how many cotton balls filled the container!
I love this cute craft and I know your preschooler will, too!
Snowman Craft Materials
- black construction paper
- white chalk (or any writing utensil)
- small piece of red paper (for scarf and stripe on hat)
- small piece of orange paper (for carrot nose)
- small piece of black paper (for the hat)
- tiny black pom poms (or something similar)
- 2 googly eyes
Snowman Craft Directions
- Begin by having your preschooler pull apart about 30 cotton balls. This is good for fine motor skills, too!
- Draw the snowman outline with chalk on the black paper. Also draw the stick arms.
- Have your child squirt glue onto one section of the snowman.
- Place the cotton ball pieces on the glue.
- Keep doing this until the snowman is filled.
- Glue on a red paper scarf around the neck.
- Put the face together: glue on two googly eyes, 1 carrot nose, and a mouth
- Glue the hat to the top of the snowman. If it starts to flop back, glue a small cotton ball behind the hat.
- Hang it up for all to see!
This activity is simple and I actually didn’t take any pictures of it. Here’s what you need:
- several white socks
- beans or rice
- laundry baskets
To set up the activity, fill the stocks with either rice or beans. Then tie them off. They should look like the shape of a snowball.
Set laundry baskets across the room. Practice tossing the “snowballs” to the basket.
Other variations include tossing it up and catching it in their hands or tossing it to a friend.
As we tossed our “snowballs”, we sang this chant…
Snowball, snowball, white and round.
It was formed right from the ground.
Now I’ll toss it in the air…
Watch it land right over there!
On the last line of the chant, throw the snowball to the laundry basket.
Snow Science Experiment
This is an observation experiment using snow. Here’s what you need for this activity:
- muffin tin
- food coloring (optional)
- Alka-Seltzer tablets
Begin by filling half of the muffin tins with snow. Add a few drops of food coloring to the snow and stir.
Add water to the empty containers. You can also add food coloring, if you’d like. Then place an Alka Seltzer tablet into one compartment with snow and one compartment with water. Observe what happens.
You’ll see that the one with water dissolves MUCH faster than the one with snow. It shows that when things are cold, the reactions are colder. This is a simple experiment, but it demonstrates how temperature affect the rate of the chemical reaction. When the liquid is warm or room temperature, the reaction is quick. When the liquid is cold, the reaction is slower.
If you are interested in more winter science experiments, check out this science packet!
We’ve been playing with this slime all winter! It’s been our favorite! To read how we made it, visit this post.
Do your kids like to sing? Mine sure do! I have some fun printable songs over on this post that are easy for preschoolers to learn!
Here are our favorite books we’ve been reading about the snow.
The Story of Snow (this is an advanced book for preschoolers, but we still love it!)
I hope these activities are helpful to you if you’re planning a snow theme.
To download all the FREE printables in this post, simply fill out the form below.
I’d love to hear what your favorite snow activities are!