Preschool is a fantastic introduction for children. The valuable lessons that they learn are all conducted in a fun manner that helps to make education fun. In the wintertime it is often more difficult to have educational outdoor activities and as all kinds, they can get quite rambunctious inside. Here are some wintertime preschool activities that kids always love.
This is a very easy recipe that is a lot of fun for kids and very easy for them to manage at their coordination level. Preschool activities such as this introduce them to basic cooking, science and just an overall fun for making things.
1) Find clean snow and pack it into a flat wide container such as a deep baking dish or large casserole dish.
2) Have the children draw designs in the snow or write their name or letters they have learned
3) Adults – boil 100% pure maple syrup over medium high heat until it reaches 235°F.
4) Drizzle the syrup into the designs the children drew into the snow. If you are confident that they have the coordination, you can allow them to pour their own designs. Arm them with an oven mitt and pour the warmed syrup into a plastic measuring cup. Guide their hand as they pour the syrup into the snow.
5) Let it cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
Colored Ice Candles
Fire and Ice are a cool combination, no matter what age you are. These ice candles are fun preschool activities that are very fast and simple and have a picture perfect result.
1) Fill a bucket about ⅔ of the way of ice cold water.
2) Have your preschool child mix in a few drops of food coloring, they can mix and match colors to create their own shade.
3) Place a smaller container such as a soup tin in the middle of the bucket of water, add rocks to keep it from floating (but not touching the bottom)
4) Rest a string across the top of the ice cream pail and use clothespins to pull it tight and hold it to the pail and also to the soup tin. This will keep the tin from floating to the edges of the pail. Be sure that the clothespin is not touching the colored water.
5) Allow the creation to freeze outside overnight.
6) The next day remove the ice from the pail (you may have to run hot water over the outside to loosen it)
7) Fill the soup tin with warm water to loosen it and then remove it from the inside of the ice creation.
8) Place a candle inside your new ice candle holder and light it. Voila! Fire and Ice in a beautiful homemade sculpture
Fancy Snow Angels
Not all preschool activities need to be conducted indoors. When the sun is shining, it is always great to get outside, no matter what the season. Snow angels are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while creating your own little masterpiece. Children will need to fully dressed from head to toe in snow gear in order to stay warm during this activity.
1) Help your preschooler lay down face up in a fresh and clean area of snow.
2) Have them slide their arms and legs up and down to create “wings” and a “robe”
3) Help pick them up out of their “angel” without damaging it
4) They can now decorate their snow angel with colored paint, twigs, and other craft supplies. Colored water in spray cans works really well for this activity.
Winter Treasure Hunt
Preschool activities that end with a reward are always intriguing and fun. This activity will get kids up and moving with a great end to the game. It also helps encourage their thought process as well as decision making skills.
1) Place packages of hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, stir sticks, apple cider and other yummy drink mix parts into small baggies. Make sure they are waterproof, if not then consider using small tupperware containers.
2) Hide these packages outside in the snow in various areas of a yard
3) Make a treasure map giving hints to where the “treasure’ is
4) After enough treasure is found, create warm drinks for your “pirates” and enjoy the rest of the day. Remind them that the more they find, the better their drinks will taste.
This article was written by Regina Pflieger, a work-from-home mom who discovered that online preschool programs include both indoor and outdoor preschool activities for kids and parents.