Since it’s December and I live in New England, choosing the letter S (as in SNOW) seemed appropriate! Here are some fun ideas for learning more about snow!
You don’t need to live where it snows to play with the stuff! Growing A Jeweled Rose made a Frosty Fluff Snow for sensory play. And the Kids Activities Blog shows you how to build a snowman…without the snow!
If you do have snow on hand, though, use it!
Build snow sculptures with colored snow, like Creative Connections for Kids did.
I Can Teach My Child has some ideas for using all 5 senses to learn with snow.
Snow is a unique sensory material too – though probably not for too long! Still Playing School used it for sensory and imaginative play.
And sometimes (oftentimes?), simple free exploring is the best way to go. 3 Dinosaurs’ daughter compared handprints and tire track patterns in the snow!
You can also try some snowflake science: Put a sheet of black construction paper in the freezer for awhile. Then take it outside while it is snowing to collect some snowflakes. If you look quickly with a magnifying glass, you will be able to see well-formed snowflakes. They’re beautiful!
Back inside, you can stick with the snow theme for a sight words activity (using craft “snow”). If your child isn’t ready for sight words, this would be a cool name project too.
Or how about learning about some place where it’s always snowy – Antarctica! A sensory sink is a unique way to inspire pretend play and learning at the same time. Another fun sensory bin idea is one this one from Crayon Box Chronicles with an Arctic Circle theme.