Fun Winter Activities for Kindergarten
Looking for fun and educational winter activities for kindergarten students? Look no further! These winter activities for kindergarten will keep your students engaged and excited about learning during the colder months.
Winter is a magical time of year, and there is no better way to embrace the season than by exploring the wonder of snow with your kindergarten students. From snowflakes, arctic animals, and snowmen to sledding and hot chocolate.
There are so many fun and educational activities you can do to teach about snow during the wintertime.
Learning About Snow
Sometimes young learners confuse nonfiction books with books that just have photographs. Snow is Falling is an illustrated nonfiction book. (Affiliate links are included in this blog post.)
Winter Science of Snow
Reading the book Snow is Falling is also a great way to introduce the science behind snow and snowflakes. This book does an excellent job of discussing winter science!
These illustrations are so perfect for preschool through first grade students!
Winter Reading Comprehension Activities
As you know, each week, we center our lesson plans around one great book. This week our unit study is centered around nonfiction books, such as Snow is Falling by Frankly M. Branley. This is such a great addition to add to your winter-themed activities.
After we have read a section of the text, we take time to discuss the meaning and develop a deep understanding of the author’s message. Every student is active in this interactive read aloud activity.
Together, we create this schema anchor chart. We will return to this chart and add our new learning during our studies.
Here is another anchor chart we created during our winter themed activities.
Students also respond and document their thinking.
We love that some students express themselves with words, while others express themselves by drawing. The most important part of this lesson is the thinking work that students are doing. We know that transcription skills we come with further phonics instruction.
Winter Arts and Crafts Ideas
Snow provides a great opportunity for students to get creative with their art projects.
You can have your students create winter scenes using a variety of materials, such as paint, construction paper, glue, glitter, and cotton balls.
You can also have them make their own snowflakes using paper and scissors or by cutting shapes out of white foam sheets. These activities can help to improve fine motor skills, as well as encourage creativity and imagination.
All of these reading comprehension lessons have been scripted for you. We also included the winter craft directions! Yes! One less thing to plan! You can find them by clicking:
If you are looking for winter drawing ideas, these videos are the BEST.
Winter Literacy Centers and Activities
These literacy activities can be done in centers or in small groups.
This fun game has some arctic animal fun! Students are working on words with blends.
Additonal winter fun activities
Go On a Winter Walk
Take your students outside on a cold, snowy day to explore the winter wonderland around them. Encourage them to look for tracks in the snow, identify different types of trees and plants, and listen for the sounds of winter.
You can even bring along a magnifying glass or a pair of binoculars to help your students get a closer look at the world around them. You can discuss the different types of winter weather, such as snow, sleet, and freezing rain, and talk about how they are different. You can also talk about how to dress appropriately for cold weather, and the importance of wearing layers to stay warm.
Drink Hot Cocoa
After a fun day in the snow, there is nothing better than coming inside and warming up with a mug of hot cocoa. You can teach your students about the different ingredients that go into hot cocoa, and even let them help you make a batch for the whole class to enjoy.
This activity can also help to improve fine motor skills as students measure and mix ingredients. You can discuss the history of hot cocoa, and how it was originally consumed by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Here is a great video about the history of this yummy drink.
Play Indoor Recess Snowy Games
There are many fun games you can play with your students to help them learn about snow and winter. If you live in a cold climate or are unable to go to recess, these indoor activity ideas are so much fun.
- Snowball Fight – Write sight words on scraps of white paper and crumple them up. Students will through them around the room until you give the signal for them to FREEZE! Then they will read the words to their partner. Crumple them up and play again!
- Pass the Snowball – This is like a version of “Hot Potato,” where the snowball is passed from student to student. You may want to add a timer. When the timer goes off, you’ll show a flashcard (with math skills or literacy skills on them) to the student who has the ball. That student answers the question. PSST… little learners may want to phone a friend.
- Practice Oral Language Skills -You can play the same game but ask them a simple question. Example: What is your favorite color? The student will answer with a complete sentence. “My favorite color is blue.” This is great for students who are learning English too!
These games can help to improve gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination, as well as provide a fun and interactive way for students to learn.
More of my favorite winter activities for kindergarten:
Winter Science Experiments
I have a whole blog post about the fun science activities you can do during the cold winter months. Engage your students in the wonders of science with these fun winter-themed experiments. Try making ice lanterns by filling a jar with water and leaving it outside overnight to freeze. Or, do a “snowflake” experiment by making paper snowflakes and observing how they are all different.
Winter Themed Poems
Incorporate winter stories and poems into your reading lessons to keep things festive and fun. Encourage your students to create their own winter-themed stories and illustrations, too.
Other Winter Season Books for Kindergarten
There are so many great children’s books that are perfect for some winter fun. I have written a few blog posts about how we incorporate these books in our classroom. Some of my favorite picture books include:
- 7 Fun Snowy Day Activities (Free File) and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten & First Grade
- Easy The Mitten Activities FREE (Psst The Whole WEEK Printable Files!)
- Fun Sneezy the Snowman Activities (Free Snowman Math File Too)
- 11 Fun Polar Bear Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
- Engaging Nonfiction Winter Lesson Plans with The Story of Snow
Free Winter Activity
Here is your free winter activity that will be a big hit with your kindergarteners and beyond!
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