As providers and caregivers, it’s important that to offer opportunities for preschoolers so they can discover the environment around them. One of the best ways to achieve this is through sensory activities that are not only playful fun and but also promote constructive learning. Here are some fun snow projects are sure to get your students excited about winter weather!
1. Practice artistic skills with snow paint:
This activity is an opportunity to get the kids outside and into the snow! Just fill a few gallon-sized buckets with water and add in food dye to make different colors. Then hand out large paintbrushes to the children and have them dip them in the color buckets. They can now paint pictures in the snow. This activity is lots of fun as it combines artistry and snow. Also the snow will work for rinsing off the paintbrushes too!
2. Conduct a sensory science experiment:
First you will show the class a cube of ice and ask them if they think it will get larger, smaller, or stay the same when it melts. Then, give each child a clear plastic cup and have them go outside and fill it to the brim with snow. Once the students and snow filled cups return back to the classroom and have the students observe what happens when the snow turns to water.
Not enough snow outside? You can easily modify this project can easily be modified by first letting the preschoolers touch and examine a bowl of ice cubes instead of showing one to the class. The second half can be demonstrated by the teacher, using shaved ice from a blender.
3. Learn about Winter Weather with Tabletop Activities:
By conducting a simple search online you will find results for fake snow recipes that are wet, dry, sticky, and powdery. Try making a batch of each kind of snow and then put each of the types of play snow into separate tabletop bins. You preschoolers can sit together and feel how each type has a different texture and consistency. This sensory activity is a good way to discuss the different kinds of snowy weather.
4. Make your own snow dough:
Just like modeling clay, snow dough can be a fun, and hands-on way to bring wintertime into the classroom. Check this simple recipe with only 2 ingredients! Since it’s DIY artificial snow, consider adding extras like glitter or food dye to make different colors. Provide snow clay accessories like buttons for snowman eyes or craft sticks for snowflakes!
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