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Snow has clobbered many of you along with freezing temps but here in the Pacific North West we are still green and wet and needed to make our own snow . Whether you are in sunny Florida or too cold to go outside Minnesota you can play with snow and stay warm while you do with this fun indoor winter activity for kids . This is a fun exploration that is opened ended and really encourages creativity. My daughter ran with it and I love what she made. She has always wanted to make a snowman and even though we’ve never had enough snow ( that she can remember) to make one she managed to make one with this winter activity .
Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, painter’s tape ( you could use real tape but it might muck up your windows), cotton balls, q-tips ( some cu in half) , cotton pads and a window!
Start by taping the contact paper to your window sticky side out. I find it’s easiest if you tape the top edge on first then peel and tape the sides and bottom last.
Get the snow bits ready by the window and invite your child to explore. As she created she told me all about how this was her yard and it snowed and she was playing…Snowflakes came first…
Then she discovered that dabbing the cotton ball created little puffs of cotton on the window. Very similar to when we made a pompom window last year.
I loved watching her and really didn’t get involved at all. This was all her. She explored textures, shapes, and cause and effect with serious intent while also working on fine motor skills and storytelling as she went.
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Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book, and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered, and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2-year-old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swimsuit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!
Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper captures the excitement of a snow day spent sledding and defying gravity for those precious few moments as you zoom down the hill. My son gave the book a thumbs up but my daughter wasn’t as into it although when the 3 dogs in the book landed with a thump both kids were giggling. Edited to add: The next morning my daughter ran to this book and smiled the whole way through loving it! Funny how 8 am reading gets a different response than 5 pm after a long day.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a classic. Some classics are the type of books that lose their relevance and leave readers wondering what the hype is about. This book is timeless. A little boy goes exploring in the snow and discovers his world in a new way. The illustrations are magical and the way that they convey the emotions this little boy experiences throughout the day are nothing short of perfect.
I love this idea! We already have the clear contact in my front window for the girsl however we are using buttons and googly eyes. By the way, we live in the Pacific Northwest aswell 🙂
Love it. I get all of my sticky board ideas from you. The kiddies enjoy them. You rock!
This looks so fun! I am putting it on the FUN To Do List for my 4 year old this week! =) Thanks for sharing
I never throught about it leasing in San Diego we never get snow and this activity will be awsome for my preschool children
Fun! There’s been a lot of snow play in our house recently, even though it doesn’t even snow where we live. I’m putting this activity on our list to try out too. As for snow books, we also love Snowballs by Lois Ehlert.
Andrea Martinez says
I love this idea! I did it in my class with 13 two year olds and I have three that are autism and they loved it! I as well live in the west coast. I live in California and we haven’t had much of a winter season.:(
But my kids loved this! I have two huge windows in my class, I covered the windows up and they went out it!! 🙂 thank you for the wonderful idea. I will most likely do this again in a few weeks!
So fun! My girls (3.5 & 5) threw snow ( cotton) balls at the contact paper & they stuck! We created snow & snowmen in 80 degree CA weather but loved it!
Miss L says
We did this project in my preschool class and the kids loved it!! Thanks for sharing, it will definitely be a staple winter themed activity from now on!!
Melissa French, The More With Less Mom says
This looks so easy to put together. I included this in my Christmas in July roundup.
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