Creative Ways to Keep Children Engaged During the Winter
As the temperature continues to drop, cabin fever begins to settle in and bringing your children outside to play might not on the top of your list. With that, many parents and teachers may need suggestions for creative and educational learning activities they can plan for indoors.
Fortunately, there are several indoor activities appropriate for children.
When the weather becomes a little easier to tolerate, we snuck in a few outdoor winter educational activities for kids to enjoy, too.
So, whether you’re a parent or a teacher, let’s take a look at a few creative and fun ways to keep children engaged during the winter.
- Marble Printing Blizzard:
Moving marbles make a blizzard of snow in this fun winter activity. Discuss the uniqueness of fingerprints and snowflakes with your students and how no two are exactly alike.
Give each child a sheet of blue-colored construction paper (precut into snowflakes) and provide white washable paint. Place blue-colored construction paper into a cardboard box or lid, and encourage the child to move the marble around the box as fast or slow as they would like to create her own unique snowflake. Display the snowflakes around the classroom.*
- Sing Silly Songs:
(Sing to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Winter time is so much fun,
So much fun, so much fun
Winter time is so much fun,
I love snow!*
In addition to singing winter and holiday songs, think about creating a winter musical or play and inviting friends and family members of your students.
- Snowflake Memory Game:
To prepare the game, locate pictures of snowflakes on the Internet, place on tag board and cut apart (make two of each). Then, make two copies of each photograph of the child in your classroom. Put the duplicated photos on the tag board cards; mount and laminate them for durability. Mix the cards together and arrange them face down on a table. Invite each child in a small group to try to find a matching pair.*
- Snow Sculptures:
Instead of rolling a bunch of heavy snowballs and putting them one-by-one on top of each other to form a snowman, encourage the students to build their own snow sculpture with their feet. To do this, they can stomp three circles in different sizes together to form their own snow friend. From there, add the eyes, mouth and nose.
- Snow Slushy:
In the summertime many people enjoy eating slushies, but did you know you could make them in the winter, too? Take freshly fallen snow and add it to a kids’ favorite cup with a couple drops of flavored syrup and voilà!
- Winter Wonderland Walk:
Take a walk around the park and teach your child(ren) about what snow is, how snow can be made and perhaps a story from when you were a child playing in the snow. Spark their imaginations with questions on what they think of the snow and make snow angels together.
*Some of these ideas have been provided by Rasmussen College School of Education student, Melissa Krick.