Tot School: Winter

"Nose" currently on display at La Galerie de Reagan

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday with their families! And for those of you who don't have family near (like myself) I hope you were still able to make it a happy & memorable one.  We took the week off from Tot School to celebrate, which is just as well because Reagan ended up getting a bug. So we traded a traditional Christmas dinner for Chinese takeout & Christmas movies.  It was really nice actually, & I got a ton of cuddles in so that in itself was a wonderful present.

We did the previous week however, learn all about snow & winter.  It was a little harder than I expected because we are still experiencing 40 degree weather & rain.  I had hoped to do a bunch of outdoor activities with actual snow, but alas I had to come up with some other creative ways to teach.

We found quite a few fun books on the subject:

  1. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak. A brother & sister explore the changing of nature & their town.  A really beautifully illustrated book & perfect for reading by the fire in celebration of Winter Solstice!
  2. I See Winter/Veo el Invierno by Charles Ghigna.  We checked out the multilingual board book version from our library & it was fun to learn new words about the joys of winter.
  3. What Can You Do in the Snow? by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Another nice board book about the opportunities you have in the snow. 
  4. A Loud Winter's Nap by Katy Hudson. Quite possibly our favorite winter book; the tale of Tortoise, who only wants to nap for winter & his friends must convince him that winter is a wonderful time to have fun!
Since little boy hasn't been feeling the best, we've been looking for indoor winter fun.  What better way than to make a "snow" sensory bin?

Really it's just whatever you have one hand that may be interpreted as snow.  Cotton balls, rice, white sprinkles, that glitter snow you find at craft stores...just throw it in a large Tupperware or baking dish with either some winter animals or snowplow toys & let your child's imagination go forth.  Reagan played with this for a solid three days.  The mess was minimal & the cleanup was so easy.

Last time we were at the library, our librarian Miss Linda gave Reagan a snowy backdrop with stickers to create your own winter scenery.  We added that to our activities too & he learned simultaneously what clothes we wear when it's cold out as we dressed our sticker snowman & animals.

And lastly, since there's no snow outside for a real snowman, we decided to make a cotton ball one instead.  I have a lovely memory from Kindergarten art class making one of these & I'd say Reagan had just as much fun gluing on the button eyes & arranging the cotton balls in the circles.

How about you lovely readers? Do you have snow? If you have children, what activities are you doing with them? Drop a comment, I'd love to hear! & remember to follow the Tot School Pinterest board for weekly craft ideas for your kiddos.


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