Winter Week 9: January 30-February 3

It is unreal to me that we are crossing over into February this week! How did that happen? Have fun this week with some super “snowy” winter activities! Pretty soon we will be adding in special Valentines crafts and activities. It’s so fun anticipating a holiday, even a little one! We are also keeping up the repetition of several of the activities. It’s ok to do activities several times, it allows your child to experiment with it in a different way each time. If you need to get creative and offer ideas to change it up if you feel like they are getting bored.

Art

Puffy Snowpaint

This paint is so fun! Fold together equal parts white glue and shaving cream. You can separate the snow paint into equal parts and color them with food color if you would like, or you can keep it white and truly paint a snowy scene. Now, let your child paint anything they would like with their fluffy paint, the sky is the limit! Ask them to describe what they are painting, if they are verbal enough, or talk about what you see while they paint. Not only are they working on their fine motor movements and sensory (because it’s bound to get a little messy), but they are also turning their little creative wheels as they paint! It continues to be fun as the paint dries, it will dry with a puffy, spongy finish.

Stuff to Have

White glue

Shaving cream

Food coloring, optional

Construction paper

Paint brushes

Developing Skills

Art, fine motor, sensory

Fine Motor/Sensory

Cotton Balls

This is the same idea as the classic sensory sand table (the at-home version) only instead of sand use cotton balls or white craft balls. Fill the large plastic container with 1 or 2 bags of cotton balls. Your child can dig in and experience the texture of the cotton balls, the weight, and also volume when they use the cups and measuring cups.

Stuff to Have

Bag of cotton balls

Large plastic container

Measuring cups, bowls, spoons, etc.

Developing Skills

Fine motor, sensory

Problem Solving

Snowball Transport

Set out cotton balls (or craft balls) in a large bowl along with the empty muffin tin or ice cube tray. Let your child experiment with different types of utensils (tongs, spoons, tweezers) to move the cotton balls from the larger bowl to the small compartments. Younger children will have an easier time using spoons, and older children might enjoy the challenge of tongs or tweezers.

Variation: If using colored craft balls make sure to talk about the colors. Older children might enjoy sorting by color adding an early math concept to this activity.

Stuff to Have

Cotton balls or craft balls

Spoons, tongs, tweezers, etc

Muffin tin or ice cube tray

Developing Skills

Fine motor

Early Math & Science

Melt & Freeze

As simple as it may seem, the change from snow to water is a scientific transformation… but with these ages we are just going to play with it, watch it change, and have fun! If you have some snow let your child, or help them, collect a bowl full of snow. You could take this chance to add some color to it, or just leave it sit in a visible location to periodically watch the change. Be sure to ask questions and take some time to feel the snow as it changes. Set it aside and watch it over time, or throw in bowls, cups, spoons, etc. and turn it into a sensory experience.

Stuff to Have

Containers to collect snow

Food coloring diluted in water in a spray or squirt bottle, optional

Bowls, cups, spoons, empty containers, etc.

Developing Skills

Early science, sensory

Cooking & Baking

Cream Cheese Valentines Cookies

Cream butter until fluffy. Mix in cornstarch and sugar. Beat in flour until completely combined. Scoop and roll into balls, place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and optional food coloring of your choice. Once cookies have cooled spread cream cheese frosting on the cookies.

Get your child involved to their level. Dumping and stirring are great ways to keep them involved, as well as getting the opportunity to scoop and roll the dough into balls. Cooking and baking activities have so many developmental aspects to them, but it’s our job to get our children as involved as possible to get those experiences! Have fun and enjoy the treat!

Stuff to Have

1 C. butter

¾ C. cornstarch

¾ C. powdered sugar

1 C. flour

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 C. powdered sugar

1/2  t. vanilla

Food coloring, optional

Developing Skills

Cooking and baking, fine motor, sensory, early science and math

Add on Activities

Large Motor: As it starts to get colder getting large motor movement into the day gets harder and harder to do. Definitely take every chance you can to bundle up and get outside to run, jump, climb, and play! But on the days that you can’t, get creative. Try yoga for young children, keep a balloon up in the air, toss scarves up and try and catch them, or have a silly dance party. Not only will your kids have fun, they will be learning and growing at the same time!

Music and Rhymes: Have fun looking for winter themed music and rhymes! Hearing rhymes and the sing-songiness of music is building a foundation of phonics for learning letters and reading in the future! But for now, just be expressive and silly and have fun with it!

Books: Head to the library or read some of your favorite winter books. Reading is such an important activity for building vocabulary and adding to that foundation for reading in the future. Not only are they getting so many learning benefits from reading, but you are getting special one on one time with them!

Join us on Facebook!  For more tips about play, activity plans, large motor, music and rhymes, and book ideas check out the Real. Meaningful. Family. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/realmeaningfulfamily/

Mostly enjoy your child and happy playing!

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