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Snow and Ice Play

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Inside snow play

Why not bring the outside in!! Here’s some ways to get kids playing and learning about snow and ice inside. These activities combines sensory (feel of snow, texture, properties as it starts to melt) and science (colors combine as the snow melts).

Fill tupperware bins or buckets with snow and bring . . . → Read More: Snow and Ice Play

Indoor “Snowball” fight

Having snowball fights in playground and school yards are prohibited, so why not pretend to have one inside? First, make two teams. Each team chooses a colour of tissue paper. Then scrunch up the paper into balls. (Don’t tell the children what the game is until the last minute. This prevents over-excitement!). Once you have everything ready, you can collectively decide the rules of the “battle.” Older children can create various barricades with chairs or toys to hide behind. . . . → Read More: Indoor “Snowball” fight

Stone Soup Story Time

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One of my favorite fables for young children is Stone Soup. Here is a link to a version of the story that you can read to the children. The best way to enhance this story is to have the children participate and “act-it-out.”

Gather up the food items needed, either fresh or plastic foods. Give . . . → Read More: Stone Soup Story Time

Winter Art

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Here’s a few quick ideas for winter arts and crafts: Winter Day Collage Create a winter day collage using dark construction paper as the back sheet (colours like black or dark blue to contrast with the white materials). Put out white glue and sticks along with anything white, light and feathery: lace, doilies, cotton balls, confetti, tissue paper etc. for the children to glue on the paper. . . . → Read More: Winter Art

Turkey Headband

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Here is really cute hat for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Above are step-by-step picture instructions for you to follow. The only thing I didn’t show was that you have to measure the bristol board headband part to the individual child’s head and close it with a stapler. If you have any questions, leave a comment. . . . → Read More: Turkey Headband

Halloween Cooking and Baking

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It’s really close to Halloween now, here are some quick ideas of food to make with the kids that you can pull together at the last minute. Both are especially good if you are planning a halloween party. . . . → Read More: Halloween Cooking and Baking

Painting with Indian Corn

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This is an easy painting activity that uses harvest produce that is available in the fall. I give each child a corn cob with the stalk attached and let them create. . . . → Read More: Painting with Indian Corn

Turkey hand puppet

Hand Turkey

This craft provides a great prop for all of those turkey songs and fingerplays. All you need are some popsicle sticks, googly eyes, construction paper and dollar store feathers. . . . → Read More: Turkey hand puppet

“Guess the Smell” game

This is an easy and  fun sensory activity that children really enjoy.  All you need to do is collect some items, foods or spices with strong aromas that are familiar to most kids. You can, of course, make it more difficult for older children.  Put them in baby food jars or small tupperware containers with holes in the top. . . . → Read More: “Guess the Smell” game

Stand-up Woolly Sheep

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Fall is a great time to visit a farm, usually associated with a pumpkin patch experience or apple picking. This is also a great opportunity to talk to the kids about farm animals. The sheep, for example, are growing warm, thick coats to prepare them for the long, cold winter ahead. . . . → Read More: Stand-up Woolly Sheep