This world of white may have you wanting to snuggle up inside and lock all the doors. But don’t forget to take advantage of all the fun that the snow can bring to your own front yard. You might be surprised at all the things your child can learn.
Build a snowman. Use large and small motor skills to make snowballs and roll them into large snow men. Increase self awareness and language development by discussing how to put the snowman together and where all the pieces go.
Paint the snow. Increase fine motor coordination by spraying colored water onto the snow. Use squirt bottles or squeeze bottles to make designs in the snow, or use paintbrushes like this activity by Happy Hooligans. Experiment with science by mixing colors and increase literacy by writing letters in the snow.
Go for a walk. If you have access, take a walk in the woods and look for animal tracks. Don’t forget the camera so you can document any tracks you find. Compare any tracks you’re unsure of with the chart on the Maine Kids website. If you don’t have access to the woods or a nature trail, just go for a walk down your street and look at tire tracks and your own foot prints.
While you’re waiting out the storm and the cold wind chills try these indoor activities.
Feed the birds. There are many ways to make your own simple bird feeders. String cheerios and popcorn, make shaped feeders such as these, using cookie cutters, or smear peanut butter on a pine cone and roll in birdseed.
Read. Last but not least, take a trip to your local library and see what they have for books and resources. Many libraries have preschool story times during the month. Find your Maine library here. Other states click here to find a local public library.