Preschool Prep Week 14: Winter Season

Milk Jug Igloo:
This would take some serious dedication, and probably a lot of help from friends, but think about how cool this would be if you had the space for it! Source

Critical Thinking: What do I wear in the winter time? Source
FREE Printable. Not sure if they have "boy" clothes...

Get Active:

wrap wax paper around their socks and let them go ice skating. take the wax paper and slip a string or rubber band around their ankle to hold paper ion place. But be careful it's really slippery.

Creative thinking/Craft: Source
Two paper plates stapled together with a zip lock bab in between filled with "snow" Color a picture on the bottom plate then staple all layers together. have the children think of a description for their drawing and help them write it. 
Science: Cover hand in shortening (animal fat) to demonstrate how animals stay warm in the winter source

Colored Ice Marbles:

Fill balloons with a drop of food coloring and water; tie shut and either pop in the freezer or leave outside overnight, if it's cold enough, to freeze. When they're frozen solid, use scissors to cut the latex balloon off of the frozen orb. Voila! Instant colorful ice sculptures.

Measure the Snow: 

Paint a stirring stick to see how many inches you have. We have a fence and a patio so we have all different depths of snow depending of the wind and drifting. Might be fun to make a map of the backyard showing the deepest areas. 

Snack: Looks like a combo of doughnut holes and mini donuts.

Ice Cream, 40s Style: source A large bowl to collect fresh snow; another large bowl to mix ingredients; 1 cup of condensed milk; ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract; ½ cup of sugar 

Directions: On a snowy day, place the large bowl outside in an area where it won’t be disturbed for a few hours. Collect five cups of fresh, clean snow. Do not pack snow down. Set snow aside in freezer. In the second large bowl, whisk the condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until the sugar dissolves. Then, while stirring, let the kids gradually add the five cups of snow until the mixture has the consistency of real ice cream.
or this...
Make the arctic: white ice cream or pudding topped with Gummy Bears. 

This one is great, because you just print it off and go!

I love anything that gets them moving

Field Trip: This one is easy. Just take them to the park or outside or sledding, or for a walk. Get them out and observing what happens in winter. What animals did they see outside that they don't see now? and Vice Versa.


Mommy of Many Hats said...

Oh how I wish that I would have seen this a couple of weeks ago as we just did our "snow" unit. Oh well. I love the ideas! I can't wait to use them next year. Thank goodness for pinterest to remind me.

I just stumbled across your blog while looking for a few things. I'm a mom of three special needs kids-two with autism and one adopted daughter with Reactive Attachment Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. (We also have an adopted baby girl.) My husband and I started homeschooling last year. The kids are 5,4, and 3. Your projects are perfect and I LOVE all the book recommendations!

tidbits said...

Welcome! @Mommy of Many Hats. Your family situation really touches my heart. It takes caring wonderful people like you to care for these children that are in such desperate need of loving parents. I'm sure it takes lots of love and patience in your home, and with the homeschooling your doing, lots of planning too! Thanks for your comment. You're motivating me to write more often. If you find something that works well with your kids, and their special needs, please share! The more we work together, the more successful our children will be.