From building snowmen to crafting snow angels, winter can offer endless fun outside. However, the preschool crowd can quickly grow tired of the wet and very cold snow. Here are 4 at-home preschool activities that are perfect for snow days. Don’t worry, you won’t need a hoard of supplies to make it happen either.
Learning is easy as ABC
Snow days are a perfect time to begin practicing basic letter recognition and phonics. You can easily teach letter recognition through “Alphabet Hide and Seek.” for this activity, all you need is a pen, paper, and a sense of fun. Simply write a letter of the alphabet in large writing on a piece of notebook paper. Ask your toddler to close their eyes and count. Hide the pages around the house for your little one to find. Your child will love running around trying to find each hidden letter and proudly announcing what letter they have found. For an extra challenge, try prompting your toddler to not only tell you what letter they have found but what sound that letter makes as well.
Engaging Screen Time
People debate over children and screen time. However, you can’t compare apples to oranges. Watching a crass cartoon is not the same as learning to read or wrote. Educational shows and computer games can be a fun way to teach your little one without them even realizing it. Many streaming services offer cartoons that focus on science or promote building vocabulary skills and endless documentaries. To make the most of this activity watch the show with your child, ask them questions and engage in a discussion about the program. For another interactive learning experience, educational toddler games online not only aid in learning but assist in building all too important computer skills. So, while your little one is mastering shapes or numbers they are also mastering how to use a computer.
2 Ways for Snow Sensory Play
Engage in sensory play by skipping the cold outside and bringing the snow inside. The only requirements are a baking pan, snow, and a few toys. Snow in a baking pan can provide endless entertainment for your child. Pack the snow into the baking pan and carve out a winding racetrack for toy cars or a path for a twisting marble run.
Another option is to hide toys or small plastic animals within the snow-filled pan for a fun excavation game. Your tiny one will enjoy scooping up snow and uncovering their treasure.
Don’t let cold temperatures ruin a day full of possibilities. With these activities, you can make your child’s snow day the best day yet.