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Winter Snowflake Tree

Winter snowflake tree

Children love to rip and tear. Here’s a fun, sensory craft activity which gives them a chance to do that.

You will need the following items: brown paper bags or craft paper, white glue, glitter, and snow-like materials (white feathers, snowflakes, cotton balls, doilies).

Using brown lunch bags or brown packing paper, have them . . . → Read More: Winter Snowflake Tree

Teddy Bear Day

Bear head-band template

February can be dull and dreary!!  Teddy Bear day is a fun way to end the month and it fits right into the hibernation theme. The children dress in their jammies and bring their favorite stuffed bears to home/daycare.  Read on for some bear themed activities:

Bear head-band template

Bear Head Bands- trace the . . . → Read More: Teddy Bear Day

Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)

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The end of fall or the beginning of winter is a good time to introduce the children to the concept of hibernation. Where do all the animals go in the winter? Where do they sleep? Are they cold? . . . → Read More: Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)

Puffy Paint

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Puffy Shaving Foam Paint

An easy way to add a new dimension to a child’s painting experience! All you need is paper, sensitive shaving cream and white glue.

Mix  the glue and shaving cream ( half and half) to produce a whipped, puffy paint. Use whatever painting tools that you have on hand and watch . . . → Read More: Puffy Paint

Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Long, cold winter days linger on and  it is sometimes hard to come up with something new to do with the kids on days when they can’t stay outside for very long.  I was rummaging around the craft’s cupboard, when I came across some fake glass gems from the dollar store. I grabbed one and buried . . . → Read More: Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Confetti snow picture

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Supplies for Confetti Glue Pictures

For this craft, you will need white confetti. It can be found at dollar stores, party places and your local department store. The children can use white glue or a glue stick.

Have the children “paint” their picture with glue first. I keep my confetti in small bucket and . . . → Read More: Confetti snow picture

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