When you think of January in Minnesota, the first color that comes to mind, is white. As I sit and write today, we are in the middle of a blizzard and a complete white-out! I didn’t have to go to work today because all schools in our district were closed, so I was very thankful that and I could stay home in my warm cozy house and watch a movie, rather than drive in this.
Even our dog was willing to “hold it” for as long as she could.
I started thinking about all of the winter activities that we have started at preschool, now that Christmas is over. The color white seems to be all around our school with snowmen, snowflakes, snow covered trees, and of course, the real snow outside.
We needed to decorate around the bulletin board near the entrance. One of the teachers made a cute winter board, so I thought it would look nice to add some trees. We talked about triangles and the color white. Put them together and you can make a winter wonderland of your own by gluing on the colorful trees and dipping your finger into white paint to make it snow. Ta dah..here is the end result. I think they look great and very seasonal. The kids love walking past each day and pointing out which one is theirs.
You can’t go through winter without making a snowman. It has been too cold this January for us to get outside and play, so we’ve had to make “indoor” snowman with our crafts until we can get the chance to make a real one outside.
I found some ideas on Pinterest and this one was definitely a favorite. Squishy Snowman. The kids glued a face onto the zip-lock bag, then I squirted shaving cream into the bag. They were told to squish the cream around and watch the snowman appear! They were so delighted and my littlest one, actually let out a squeal. It was so darn cute. I made sure to add packing tape to the top of the bag, so that they couldn’t open it.
This is our newest, little student. She actually should be in the Toddler room, but they were full, so we took her on. She does pretty well in our rom and can hold her own when she needs to. After doing this project, I told her to put it in her mailbox so she could take it home. She began crying and refused to walk over, then told me she wanted to carry her snowman at school. Well, I couldn’t say no to those tears. She never let go until Dad showed up. So adorable.
Our other snowman craft was our “melting snowman.” I read them a book about a snowman who is always cold and wants to warm up. Each time he warms up, he ends of melting and they have to rebuild him. His name was Sneezy the Snowman. They loved this story and were excited to make their own “Sneezy” and tell me why he melted. This is such a great project because their is no right or wrong way to paint it.
Another fun activity we did indoors, was the classic game…Pin the Carrot on the Snowman. This was just plain cute to watch. They are too young to figure out how to cheat, but got mad if the nose wasn’t in the right spot, so immediately moved the carrot once I took the blindfold off. One little guy got mad and threw himself onto the floor and cried. We only played one round with him. ha!
I needed to figure out another way to bring “snow” indoors. I had a couple of ideas. One was adding cotton balls to our sensory table and toy plows and trucks. They could then pretend to “plow the snow” and put it into the dump trucks. Easy and they loved it. I also brought some powdered sugar and let them “sprinkle snow” onto their graham crackers at snack time. This was a big hit and I will do this again for sure.
Sometimes our afternoons can get long when we don’t get outside, so I cut out “snowballs” from white paper and told them they are going to build their own snowman. Each snowball had a letter of their name and their job was to put it back in order and “build their snowman” on paper. They did really well with this and took their time to get it right. I ended up putting these up on the wall out where the Grandma’s and Grandpa’s can see them and enjoy them. I love how individual and unique each one was.
Last week, the weather finally cooperated and we got out two days in a row. We hadn’t been out since before Christmas, so it’s been long, cold January already. We haven’t had much snow, but the kids made the best of what we had.
When we return to school tomorrow, they will have big smiles knowing they will get to play in a foot of fresh, white snow!! I can hear the excitement already. I will have to bring my camera out once again. 🙂
Here’s to all that January white~