Playful learning (2-5 years)

Snow and Snowmen themes {playful learning}

Winter & Snow Themed Play

With 2016 behind us now, I have been planning January’s Playful Learning activities to do with Rosalie, and this month they will be around winter, snow and snowmen, with a bit of New Year thrown in too.

Our festive playful learning in December was really successful, Rosalie and I did loads of fun activities together and she enjoyed having new things to do. I am hoping that by planning out our activities for the next few months I will be able to give Rosalie plenty of stimulation even when I am looking after a newborn.

This month I have created a theme poster which I’ve stuck up in Rosalie’s play space, to remind us what our themes are; you can use it too if you like – simply download the free printable Snow and Snowmen theme poster* then print it out and stick it up!

Snow and Snowmen theme poster

January Playful learning themes

This post provides an outline of what we plan to do in January. I’ve included links to resources where appropriate, and to products where I thought it would be useful. I’ll share more details on some of the play set-ups once we’ve done them!

Crafts, messy & sensory play

New Year colouring pages – I have downloaded some New Year colouring pages from Activity Village so that we can talk about the new year.

Learning – creativity, communication, language and literacy, fine motor, knowledge and understanding of the world.

Chinese New Year – 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, so we’ll make a toilet roll rooster, and talk about Chinese New Year.

Learning – creativity, communication, language and literacy, fine motor, knowledge and understanding of the world.

Snowman play dough play – We’ll make a batch of white play dough together and then I’ll set out a snowman cutter and some loose parts such as buttons and little sticks, and let Rosalie create snowmen, or whatever she likes.

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, communication, literacy, creativity, imaginative play.

Ice play – I’m going to make a little arctic small world with water, ice and plastic figures, for Rosalie to explore.

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, knowledge and understanding of the world, communication.

Snow dough – We’ll make snow dough together and have fun exploring the texture and playing with our arctic animals, or perhaps some lego people.

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, knowledge and understanding of the world, communication.

Snowman loose parts – I’ll set out loose parts such as cotton wool balls, sticks, buttons, strips of paper, circles of paper, and hat shapes, and let Rosalie get creative!

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, communication, literacy, creativity, imaginative play.

Snow Pearls – Basically frozen water beads! Sensory fun, plus some toddler science to figure out how to thaw them out.

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, communication, knowledge and understanding of the world.

Thank you cards – We will make some wintery themed cards to send to friends and relatives thanking them for Rosalie’s birthday and Christmas presents.

Learning: fine motor, literacy, creativity, kindness and giving.

Snow slime – I’ve not made slime before with Rosalie, but it looks like a lot of fun!

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, communication, imaginative play.

Winter sensory tray This is something I created for Rosalie last month, but she has had such a lot of fun from it I intend to pull it out from time-to-time this month too.

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, imaginative play.

winter sensory tray

In the kitchen

Snowman cookies – Toddlers are great at making cookies because of all that practice with the play dough – once I’ve rolled out the dough Rosalie will be able to stamp out her snowmen shapes. Then the decorating provides lots of opportunities to be creative.

Learning – communication, fine motor, sensory exploration, creativity, literacy, numeracy.

Fruity Snowmen – a fun and healthy snowman snack using bananas, strawberries and carrots.

Learning – communication, fine motor, sensory exploration, creativity, numeracy.

Exploring

The Gruffalo Winter Nature Trail – We didn’t get much opportunity to use our Gruffalo Winter Nature Trail book in December so we will make an effort to take it out with us in January. These books are very well done, and include stickers for finding things, which is a win for toddlers!

Learning – knowledge and understanding of the world, gross motor, fine motor, sensory exploration, communication.

Winter scavenger hunt – Scavenger hunts are great for toddlers because they love exploring and collecting things.

Learning – communication, gross motor, sensory exploration, knowledge and understanding of the world.

Snow, frost and ice watch – We will be keeping watch for snow, frost, ice, frozen puddles, ice on the canal and icicles.

Learning – knowledge and understanding of the world.

Other fun

Snowmen pre-writing activities – I’ll create some laminated snowmen themed sheets for Rosalie to practice her pre-writing. She enjoys using the dry-wipe pens to trace over things again and again.

Learning – fine motor, communication.

The Gruffalo’s Child study and role play – We love Julia Donaldson’s stories, and The Gruffalo’s Child is the perfect story to study for our snow theme. There are some lovely FREE resources on twinkl, including stick puppets and colouring pages. We will also watch the BBC Gruffalo’s Child movie.

Learning – literacy, creativity, communication, fine motor, imaginative play.

Snow themed matching game – a simple matching activity involving hunting for snow themed words and pictures in her winter sensory tray.

Learning – language and literacy, communication.

Music & Movement – We’ll be enjoying some fun action songs related to snow and snowmen.

Learning – language and literacy, communication, confidence.

Listening music – I have found some lovely pieces of music we can listen to with a snowy theme. At Music with Mummy we would listen to the music quietly for a minute, before bubbles were introduced, so I might do the same for Rosalie at home.

Learning – confidence.

Books – I’ll be sharing what’s on our bookshelf in January in another post, featuring some lovely wintery and snowy reads.

Learning – language and literacy, communication, confidence.

 

Rosalie – 36 months

 

For more inspiration on winter, snow and snowmen activities to do with your toddler or preschooler, take a look at my Pinterest board:

Don’t forget to download the free printable Snow and Snowmen theme poster* and stick it up in your playful learning space.

 

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