Here is the final part of the Christmas-themed activities that I decided to spread over a few weeks. Having always wanted to do an “Ice and Water” theme – I went ahead and added snow in, too. No freezing rain, flurries and sleet — this is just Water, Ice and Snow!
We did do a play dough tray like the Play Dough Snow Bots by Stir the Wonder – that inexplicably didn’t end up with a photo! Thank you for the idea!
E and Dad did a ton of outdoor and science related activities, too! But my area setup of the trays, so please enjoy 11 Water, Ice and Snow Winter Preschool Trays!
- Snowflake Magnification Match
- Read, Write & Build
- Pretty Snowflake Coloring Page
- Sticker Block
- Water Stages + Water Cycle
- Snowman Sight Words
- “Ice” with Tongs
- Snowflake Making
- Snowman Parts
- Ice Size Sorting
- Ice Worksheet
- I first saw this idea on Snowflake Matching Cards from My Montessori Journey — thank you!
- I found clipart of various snowflakes on a black background and printed them in two different sizes
- Gave him magnifying glasses to encourage him to make matches among the snowflakes!
- Three words in the theme = three words to read, write and build!
- Used my regular template to make these cute little worksheets. Laminated them too.
- For the “build” part I decided to provide a big pile of letters to mix things up a bit!
- This very nice coloring and tracing page is from the free holiday printables on hibos.com. Please check out that site for other wonderful printables!
- Put this on his desk with a set of markers.
- From the random activity files…
- I looked through some of my many, many stickers from my scrapbook days. Came across this set of very thick photo-like stickers of snow and ice.
- I opted to give him the stickers with a wooden block to put them on
- Random, but this turned out pretty cute!
- As usual, I included some “facts” about his weekly theme
- Water cycle chart is from InvestInGreenEnergy.com and water cycle from the Portland (ME) Water District — thank you!
- I made my own snowman just like this Sight Word Bingo Craft from the Imagination Tree — thank you!
- This is about the limits to my drawing ability (yes, E has passed me up). I drew a snowman with a big round bottom.
- I am not very good at estimating, so I decided to write words twice on small white labels, stick one to the snowman and give the other to him to stick on top.
- Stepping back in time to do a simple (but appropriate!!) activity with tongs!
- After realizing that the clear blocks in a set of Translucent Wedgits look like ice cubes, this was the basis for the activity.
- Put six “cubes” in a small container
- Gave him the small blue pair of tongs from this cool (no-pinch!) 3-piece nesting tongs set plus a small paint palette to put them in
- (I thought that it may be mildly challenging to pick up the oddly-shaped pieces with the tongs.)
- I broke into my husband’s stash of origami paper for this one!
- To make simple snowflakes, I folded one paper in quarters and another in half
- Gave him scissors for this supervised activity.
- Printed the very cute Snowman Parts from the Snow and Ice printables from A Teaching Mommy — thank you!
- I printed in color, trimmed, and laminated
- I put small magnets on the back of the words, as well as gave him a pen to try and finish the words on the snowman
- Put all of this on a cookie sheet for a nice display!
- I printed out this little set of ice cubes clip art in five sizes
- I cut them and ended up laminating them (not the plan, but I had extra space on my laminating sheets)
- In Publisher I made a simple five-rectangle set with the numbers 1-5
- Sort the cubes in order by size!
- Printed the free
“-ice” Word Family worksheet
- That’s it – gave it to him on his desk.
So I set up this week of winter preschool trays a day late. The next day I get home from work to hear he had done 6 of the 7 activities already! Normally, he checks them all out but maybe does just one or two. So, I appreciate E getting the memo that he has “graduated” to pre-K! We ended up letting the theme run an extra day (so in the end, it was a normal week) as we had some snow in the forecast.
E is going to love the next theme. I will leave it at that for now.
For more Christmas and winter-inspired learning and fun, check out: Simple Christmas Tot School Theme Ideas, Smart Kindergarten Holiday GiftsPractical Preschool Presents, Little Kids Christmas DVDs, 13 Christmas Preschool Trays, 6 Easy Christmas Tot Trays, and 11 Christmas Trees Tot Trays!
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