Early Childhood Winter Activities

Winter portrait of happy child

Imagine my pleasure to discover that the Perpetual Preschool website still exists. Here’s an activity I used when I discovered the website long, long ago!

You can have a snowman without any snow. You’ll need:

  • three nylon balloons
  • salt,
  • felt,
  • scraps of cloth,
  • one large, one medium, and one small bowl
  • and a large pan or plastic container.

Fill the balloons with water then tie their tops . Place each balloon in one of the bowls and put them in the freezer. Leave for at least 12 hours or until the balloons are frozen solid. Cut the balloon off and place the ice balls one on top of the other connecting each with salt. The more salt, the better they will stick together. Have the children put clothing and body parts on them. Give your snowman a name and graph the number of days it takes before he melts. If you make two, place one outdoors and leave one indoors. How is the melting time different?

And another:

If it’s cold enough, take your bubble wand activities outdoors. Below 32 degrees bubbles will freeze and turn into crystal balls that shatter like glass. Children will see ice crystals form. Use your largest bubble wands! If you just dip the wand and don’t blow on it crystals will form across the mouth of the wand! These are the same crystals that will form on windows at home and school when the weather gets chilly enough… good old Jack Frost nipping at your nose! 

And here’s a poem written by Cecily E. Pike to read and maybe make flannel board or computer characters for:

Jack Frost

Look out! look out!
Jack Frost is about!
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And, all through the night,
The gay little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.

He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he,
His silvery powder he’ll shake;
To windows he’ll creep,
And while we’re asleep,
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.

Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white;
Then home he will go,
And laugh, “Ho! ho! ho!
What fun I have had in the night!”

This article was contributed by Mary Perkins for the January 2021 edition of the Early Childhood Express.