Writing: New Year's Resolutions-Children write plans for the new year on this hat shaped paper. They can then color it, cut it out and attach a pompom to the top. Art: Shaker Bottles--collect empty soda bottles (16 or 20 oz works best). Students put confetti, glitter, and water in the bottles.
Shared Reading Centers
Art: Print calendar pages for the current year. Have students color and sequence the pages. This site has some cute printable calendars: http://www.dltkkids.com/type/printable_calendar_pages.htm
Math: Missing Numbers Calendar-Children cut and glue the numbers to complete the calendar. The easier version has all numbers filled in; children simply need to match the numbers. Missing Number Calendar Missing Number CalendarEasy
Art: Coffee Filter snowflakes--Have students fold the filters into fourths or eighths (depending on student skill level). Have students cut triangle shapes out of edges. Open filters and have children apply glitter. ABC: Snowball Colors--Crumble white trash bags into balls and secure with clear tape. Add a colored dot to each snowball. Label laundry baskets with color words. Line the baskets up on on side of the carpet and have students stand on the other. Students throw snowballs into the correct baskets. Math: Snowmen Buttons--Students read the numbers/number words on the snowmen's hats and place the correct number of buttons on each. Snowman template Writing: Winter Fun Book
Art: Craft Stick snowflake--students glue 3 craft sticks together to form an asterisk shape. Then they paint glue on the sticks and cover with fake snow or glitter
(provided by Baltimore Math: Symmetrical Snowflakes--Students sort the County Public snowflakes to show if the red line is a line of symmetry. Schools)
ABC: Winter Word Building--Fill a pan with fake snow (or use the sensory table). Hide magnetic letters or letter tiles in the snow. Students find letters and use them to spell the winter words.
Science: Snowflake Memory--Students turn the cards upside down and take turns turning over 2 cards to make matches.
Math: Snowman Adding ABC: Snowmen--match words and pictures or letters and pictures Snowman template Writing: Students trace and cut out a bear head. Then they write one fact about bears on the lined paper and glue it to the bear. ABC: Beginning and Ending Sound work mats
Bear Facts see Math Center Activities)
Math: Teddy Bear Activities (patterning, sorting, adding--
(provided by Science: Animal Babies Memory (see Science Center Baltimore Activities) County Public Science: Animal Tracks Matching--Print both pages and Schools)
cut the cards apart.
Writing: Winter Scarves--Provide a sheet of paper (approx. 11x18) for each child. Draw horizontal lines on the paper for writing. Hole punch three holes along each side and tie pieces of yarn. Students write winter sentences on the paper. *This is a good activity to have volunteers prep--a bit of work but it makes a nice hall display*
Writing: Mitten Letter Sequence--Students write the lowercase letters in order ABC: Mitten Match file folder game from Preschool Printables (print one set of colored mittens and one set of black and white mittens with the color words to make a color word game). Math: Mitten Pattern Book--This booklet will print 2 per page. Students color the mittens in the given pattern and then complete the sentences describing their patterns.
The Mitten Art: Symmetrical Mittens--Have students decorate the mittens with a variety of craft materials...any design is (provided by Baltimore fine but both mittens must be the same! I provide whatever left over craft County Public materials I have--foam shapes, ribbon, Schools) felt/material, sequins, even wrapping paper.
ABC: Mitten Match--I provide two versions of this for students at different levels. For both, you will need a length of string to tie to table legs to create a clothesline. Version 1: Students match the uppercase letters on the clothespins to the lowercase letters on the mittens and hang on the clothesline in ABC order. Version 2: Students match
the CVC words on the clothespins to pictures on the mittens and hang on the clothesline. Math: Snowflake Adding: Prepare 12x18 sheets of black or blue paper by drawing 4 columns on each. Write a simple addition problem at the top of each column (or print and stick on labels). Provide students with pieces of sponge (use clothespins to hold the sponges to keep hands cleaner). Students "draw to solve" by stamping snowflakes with the sponges to find the answers. *This can be adapted to use with numbers/number words if students are not ready for addition.
Art: Marshmallow Snowmen--Precut a large marshmallow into 3 sections for each child. Children glue the pieces to black paper to form a snowman. They can add details like hats cut from paper, mini craft stick arms, and cotton for snow ABC: ABC Order Race--Using magnetic letters or letter tiles, students race against a timer to put the letters in order. I use sand timers.
The Jacket Math: Snowball Counting (see Math Center Activities) I Wear in Science: Season Sort (see science center activities) the Snow
ABC/Writing: Winter Clothes Beginning Sounds--Students
Writing: My Winter Clothes Flap Book-- (provided by use letter tiles or letter stamps to show the beginning Copy both sheets of clothing and 2 lined Baltimore sounds papers for each child. Place one sheet of County Public lined paper under each clothing sheet Schools) and staple both to a 12x18 sheet so that an entire picture is visible. Cut along the lines so that each piece of clothing is Additional separate. Children lift the flaps and write about their own winter clothing Ideas at The and color the pictures to match. Toddler ABC: Vowel Sort Snowflakes--Students sort the pictures on the snowflakes by the vowel sound. Snowman Vowel Sort Worksheet Math: Snowman Number/Set Match: Students match the numbers on the hats to the buttons on the snowmen.