Winter Activities

Tags: winter activities, playdough, painting, science

Section: Winter, Painting, Playdough, Sensory

Winter Scene Pictures

Make a beautiful winter snow scene using a range of different materials which represent winter colours.

The girls both really enjoyed freely using the paints and sprinkling lots of glitter all over their creations! Olivia was really engaged in this activity, concentrating on dipping her brush into the paint and dabbing it onto the paper!

What you need:

  • black card
  • white paint
  • silver/shimmery paint
  • silver and blue glitter
  • white pom poms

How can this help your child's development?

Children will develop their creativity as they are freely able to create a picture using the paints and materials available. It also allows them to practice using tools (paintbrush) and develop hand-eye coordination and allows children to explore with making marks using different media.

Snowman Playdough

Whilst waiting for the real snow to arrive, white playdough can be a fun way for children to start making snowmen using their imagination and creativity.

What you need:

  • white playdough (white paint added to basic playdough recipe)
  • googly eyes
  • pom poms
  • buttons
  • twigs
  • coloured sticks
  • pipe cleaners

How can this help your child's development?

As children choose how to make the snowman they are designing and constructing with an end purpose in mind. This allows them to develop creatively as they use the different items to represent the different parts of the snowman. It can encourage imaginative play as the snowman becomes a character to play with. Handling and manipulating the dough helps develop coordination and builds strength in the hands.

Ice Play

Exploring and playing with ice gives children the opportunity to learn about the changes in temperature that happen when it is winter time. Freezing objects into the ice gives children an interesting challenge to explore ways of removing them. It is a good sensory activity for younger children and they discover the cold and smooth texture of the ice.

Firstly Ava put some toy dinosaurs into some plastic containers and poured some water into them before we popped them into the freezer. Once they were frozen Ava loved touching them and was intrigued in trying a variety of different ways to get her dinosaurs out. She liked talking about what was happening and was fascinated when the ice began to melt and the dinosaurs started to peek out!

What you need:

  • containers for freezing ice
  • small objects to freeze into the ice

How can this help your child's development?

Playing with ice helps children learn about early scientific concepts such as changes in state (freezing and melting) and temperature. It can develop investigative and problem solving skills as they try to work out ways of removing the objects from inside the ice and how to melt the ice quickly.

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