He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.
— John Burroughs
As a mom, I have realized how important my words and my attitude are for my kids. They see EVERYTHING as a good and perfect gift! Most of the time, their “negative Nancy” perspective is a direct reflection of my own bad attitude. And so–my desire to raise optimistic, happy kids has caused me to choose my words carefully. If I LOVE something and talk about it as a treat, they often will, too!
Personally, I think winter gets kind of a bad rap. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the middle of Texas and didn’t experience snow for the first time until adulthood, but I think winter is magical. Who doesn’t love snuggling up under a warm blanket with a cup of cocoa and watching snow fall silently to the ground?
As a teacher and homeschooling mom, I love letting the seasons guide our learning journey. The arrival of cold weather means we can study how animals survive the long months:
- What do the animals eat?
- How do they prepare their homes for winter?
- Do bears really hibernate? (The answer to this one may surprise you.)
We can observe the animals from our windows, see the squirrels frolic in the bare trees and follow the tracks in the freshly-fallen snow to see exactly who visits our yard while we are sleeping. We can pore over good books to discover new facts about polar bears and the arctic fox. On cold winter days, we can set up fun science experiments to see how animals keep warm.
Have you grabbed our Winter Learning Activities freebie yet? Click here for that free download!
If you are new to doing preschool at home with your child, you might be looking for lesson plans for the month. We all know that young children learn best through hands-on learning activities! Teach your toddlers and preschoolers about winter animals with these 40 fun activities for kids, including sensory play, crafts, STEM, and more.
Here at Rolling Prairie Readers, we are passionate about helping young children learn through play! We know that Pinterest can be overwhelming for busy moms, which is why we’ve created our themed Family Activity Guides. With just one click of the button, you can have our guide emailed to you, with recommended books for your next library trip and a master list of materials (most items are already in your house!).
WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO:
- have a ready list of simple activities to do together?
- connect with your children through play?
- spend family time creating memories rather than planning them?
The winter months are a great time for learning together as a family! Grab our newest Family Activity Guide today for a full month of fun learning ideas.
Click here to purchase our winter animals activities!
As a former classroom teacher, I have been putting together unit studies for years! I love finding hands-on activities that families can do with minimal preparation and NO worksheets. Children learn best through discovery and play, and these winter animals activities will help you all have fun learning together!
Best of all, our Winter Animals Family Activity Guide isn’t just something you download and forget about!
The winter animals activities come along with a month of our membership program, The Play School Club.
By joining The Play School Club community, you get access to:
- our seasonal activity guides, filled with hands-on learning ideas for your toddlers, preschoolers, and primary grade students.
- a trained teacher who loves helping parents prepare their kiddos for Kindergarten in a fun way!
- other moms, who can understand, encourage, and support you through the hardest moments of parenting.
You also get a chance to nourish your own growth, through trainings, book club discussions and mini-classes about flexible family schedules, age-appropriate learning, and more.
If you join The Play School Club this month, you’ll get the FULL Winter Animals Family Activity Guide, plus our Nursery Rhymes Activity Guide and personalized recommendations for your kiddos all month long.
You’ll also get access to three BONUS events:
- an online story time
- a live Q & A session
- and a workshop all about time management and family schedules
- PLUS all of our previous parent workshops and Moms’ Book Club discussions!
You can click here for more information about The Play School Club!