Hello, Pre-K! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break, I can’t wait to hear all about the fun adventures you had! We are going to complete some fun activities at home before we can be back in the classroom together next week. We also have optional class Google Meets this morning at 10:00 am for the M/W class and Thursday at 10:00 am for the T/TH class. Information and the links are being sent to your email the morning of the scheduled meet.
Our activities today are going to be all about snow and snowmen as that will be our theme for the month of January!
Snowman songs you can sing at home:
Little Snowflake (point to your hand, head and nose as you sing this song!)
I’m a Little Snowman (point to your eyes, nose, head and count to 3 with this song)
5 Little Snowmen Standing in a Row (show numbers 1-5 with your fingers with this song)
Marshmallow snowman craft:
This craft is always a hit in the classroom, but this year, I thought it would be best to complete it at home instead of in the classroom. You will need a piece of construction paper, a marker or crayon, white glue and mini marshmallows (or another white material such as pom poms or cotton balls).
First, parents, draw three circles on the piece of construction paper for your child to make a snowman. Next, have your child dip one mini marshmallow at a time in white glue and then place on the circle. This is great fine motor practice for “pincer fingers” when picking up the marshmallows. Have them continue until all 3 circles are covered in marshmallows. When the snowman dries, you can have them draw on features such as eyes, nose and mouth, buttons, etc.
This is another snowman craft you could complete. First, count the letters in your name. Then, parents can help cut out that many white circles and then add one more for the face. Then, parents can write a letter per circle and have their child trace, or the child can do this themselves if they are ready. Then have the child draw the snowman’s face on a white circle. Finally, glue the circles together in the correct order on a piece of construction paper to make a snowman!
Sensory Play: Fake Snow (Moon Sand)
- You will need: 8 cups flour and 1 cup baby oil (or could half this recipe)
- Mix the ingredients together with your hands and you have your fake snow!
- Try and make snowballs!
Another recipe for fake snow that I have not trialed, calls for one box of cornstarch and shaving cream in small amounts, which you would also mix together with your hands!
I hope you are able to get out and play in the snow this week! Remember to practice getting dressed independently (look at the Dec. 9th post for how to get ready for outside in Pre-K!). Here is a fun activity you can do outside!
A great way to reuse dried out markers is to snow paint. You can let the markers soak in water and then transfer the now coloured water to an empty bottle (spray bottles or empty dish soap bottles work well) and let your child use this to paint the snow. You could also add a bit of washable paint or food colouring to water if you don’t have markers to use.
Here is a winter themed Cosmic Kids Yoga video for you to follow along with for some gross motor fun!
I hope you enjoy these activities at home and I can’t wait to see everyone back in the classroom next week!