Creative Preschool Activities for Winter
Preschool Creative Activities
Keeping happy children with preschool creative activities for winter, indoor days can be a challenge. Even couch potatoes get bored and need to burn up energy. None of us get to do fun activities with our children every day, but once in a while, when things are looking particularly cold and gloomy outside, taking a break and having some fun with our kids is good for everyone. Here are some fun activities that might help.
Drawing a Snowman
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Creating with Dough
- Baking can be fun. Sugar cookies are easy to make and fun to decorate. If you don't have the time or energy to make cookies, buy cookie dough in a tube, roll the dough out flat or slice into cookie circles, and cut with cookie cutters; or, you can just leave them as circles and add candy sprinkles; or cook, then ice and add candy decorations.
- Indoor preschool creative activities for winter are fun when they include Play-doh or clay. You can use your rolling pin or waxed paper and a book to flatten, then, make designs with cookie cutters. Show your child how to make a snowman or a snake by rolling the dough. For a knife, popsicle sticks work well.
- No play-doh in your house? Try making your own with this simple recipe: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup of water. You may want to add a little vegetable oil to make it less sticky. A couple of drops of food coloring will add a little spice, too. Older children may want to skip the food coloring and paint the creation after it dries.
- A snowman from cotton balls is a great way to add another dimension to your child's artwork. It can be as simple as three, stacked cotton balls glued to paper or as elaborate as a big, fat cotton-ball snowman.
- Is your child a true artist? Snowmen can be drawn with crayons or markers, but what looks great on dark construction paper is white chalk. Because chalk smears a little, the picture will look like a true wintery scene.
- Another snowman making idea is to trace around round cookie cutters or glasses on white paper to form three different sized circles to be glued and stuck onto paper like a snowman. If your child is too young to trace and cut, prepare the circles ahead of time to be stuck on paper by your child. Then, complete your snowman with crayons, markers, or more cutting and pasting.
- Who among us hasn't made paper snowflakes? Even if you live in a warm climate, knowing about the variations and shapes of snowflakes is a good science lesson. To make: fold a paper so that it is square (cutting off excess for smaller flakes), then fold again one or two more times. Cut little diamonds and shapes along folded edges and along the bottom. Then, open and voila! You have a snowflake! These make great window decorations.
Activities Children Love
- Finger painting can be started as early as age three with proper supervision. What great fun--sticking your fingers in gooey colors and coming out with your own creation. This is good fun at almost any age.
- What can be more fun than a day of dress-up? Children love trying to look grown up. Get out some of your old, fancy clothes, and let them loose!
- A good learning experience for ages three and up is threading. All you need is large macaroni-style noodles and some yarn. Then, thread the yarn through the noodles and tie the yarn to make a necklace. It is a good idea to make the yarn long enough so the child can slip the necklace on and off without tying. This also works if you have wooden blocks with holes or, for older children, if you purchase some beads at a craft store.
- Don't forget music. Most children love to sing and dance. Put on some jazzy children's songs and cut-the-rug with your kids! They'll love it, and it is good exercise for everyone.
- Play musical instruments. Children love playing the drum, and drums can be made from just about anything: coffee cans, oatmeal boxes, or even a shoe box. Show your child something unique about sound and fill three glass glasses with varying amounts of water; then gently tap on each glass with a spoon to hear the different tones.
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