St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Toddlers

I thought it would be easy to find St. Patrick’s Day activities for toddlers, but it wasn’t. Have you noticed that many ideas that are described as “for toddlers” really aren’t? Yep, I found this out. And so I took extra time to search for what I felt would work well with toddlers and put them in a collection for you.

What I love about each of these St. Patrick’s Day activities for toddlers is that there aren’t a lot of instructions. You know how much I love simple art for this age group. Holidays are included. But yes, we do get a bit more crafty during these holidays, I admit.

I shared what toddlers love most about each of these so you could see the variety.

Do you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity your toddlers have enjoyed? Please scroll down to the comments section and let me know!

St. Patrick's Day Ideas that are Perfect for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Toddlers

 

Recycled Cardboard Shamrocks: Toddlers love to paint, and this St. Patrick’s Day art makes a fun decoration.

Rainbow Shamrock Craft: Toddlers love to glue, and these colorful shamrocks would look nice hanging in a window. (Housing a Forest)

St. Patrick’s Day Glitter Dough: Toddlers love to squeeze, so invite them to play with this sparkly play dough. (Kid Things)

St. Patrick’s Day Cereal Sensory Bin: Toddlers love to pour, and they can even taste this fun sensory idea. (B-Inspired Mama)

Marble-Painted Shamrocks: Toddlers love active art, so they will have fun tipping the box and watching the painted marbles move all over the paper. (Plain Vanilla Mom)

Leprechaun Binoculars: Toddlers love to pretend, and they will want to use these binoculars while looking for that leprechaun! (Glue Dots)

Shamrock Window Craft: Toddlers love to press stuff onto sticky paper, and it’s good for fine motor development, too. (Hands On As We Grow)

Rainbow Finger Painting: Toddlers who love to get their hands messy will have fun creating rainbows with their fingers. (Nurture Store)

Shamrock Paper Plate Hat: Toddlers love dress-up, so make sure to add a St. Patrick’s Day hat! (Alpha Mom)

Rainbow Jello Treat – Toddlers love edible treats, and this rainbow snack would be a nice addition to your St. Patrick’s Day party. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)

St. Patrick's Day Ideas that are Perfect for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

More activities for toddlers:

Looking for a fun way to strengthen toddler fine motor skills? Here's a fun water activity using basters!      parachute play for toddlers      Rainbow Activities for Toddlers

 

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Marble Valentine Heart Activity for Preschoolers

Another holiday is coming up! And there are so many cookie cutter crafts available. But whenever I can squeeze in some child-directed process art, I do. This marble Valentine heart activity for preschoolers is all process art, and yet because it’s in the shape of a heart, it fits right in with Valentine’s Day.

I am often asked what’s the difference between teacher-directed and child-directed. It comes down to this: if you can hand them the materials and let them do their own thing, it’s child-directed. If you are sitting right there, guiding them every step of the way, it’s teacher-directed.

This is definitely child-directed!

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

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Marble Valentine Heart Activity for Preschoolers

 

What you will need:

Paper doily hearts

Marbles

Red tempera paint

Something to transfer the marbles to the heart, such as bug tongs

A box lid

Setting it up:

Pour some paint into a bowl. Add the marbles and bug tongs. (Or whatever you choose to use for transferring the marbles.)

Place a paper doily heart inside the box lid.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Invite your preschooler to transfer the marbles from the bowl to the box lid.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Hold on to the sides of the box lid and tip it back and forth to move the marbles. This takes some upper body coordination as the preschoolers figure out how much tipping is needed to move the marbles around.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

If you want a bigger challenge, use a larger box lid. More thought will be needed to figure out how to get the marbles to get to the paper heart, not just the box lid.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Busy children especially love this activity because of the motion involved. They don’t even need to sit. Move the chairs away from the table and let them stand. They actually might use more of their body this way, too.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

This is also a good activity for those with low motor tone. It uses the fingers, hands, arms and shoulders.

 

I love this photo because it shows how much we reuse our box lids! You can see several different colors of paint plus glitter from previous paint rolling activities.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

How to adapt this for younger children: 

We’ve used sensory balls and golf balls. I suggest starting with the sensory balls since they are larger and lighter, and then move to the golf balls.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Related posts:

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Valentine’s Counting and Color Sorting Activity

We love simple activities that build skills! This Valentine’s counting and color sorting activity is perfect for small groups or independent work. It can be done in the classroom setting or in the home. All you need to do is download the free printable that is shown at the end of this post (scroll down), add objects that are the same colors, and it’s ready to go! You will see how I also turned this into a counting activity by creating a number line, and also an easy art activity.

I’m excited to announce that this activity is part of my book Learn with Play. Check it out here!

Preschool Valentines Activity - free printable! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Preschool Valentines Activity - free printable! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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Valentine’s Counting and Color Sorting Activity

 Valentine's counting activity with free printable!

What you will need:

 

  • Foam hearts (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) or any desired shapes

  • White glue

  • Paper plate or other paper, cut into a heart shape

  • Colored hearts printable (offered at the end of this post)

  • Number line 1-6, written in the same colors as the hearts

preschool valentines activity

 

 

 

Color matching activity:

 

preschool valentines activity

 

Place at least 5 of each color of the foam hearts into a container, mixed up. Invite the children to remove the hearts from the container and sort them by color. Then place the hearts on the matching color on the printable.

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

1:1 correspondence:

 

preschool valentines activity

 

Once again, mix all the hearts together so that the children need to sort them by color. Have them place one foam heart on the matching paper heart.

 

Counting the hearts:

 

preschool valentines activity

 

For this activity, I drew a simple number line by hand, using the same 6 colors as the hearts. I invited the children to place one heart on each number, making sure the foam heart and the number were the same color.

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

You could extend this so that they place 1 heart under the number 1, 2 hearts under the number 2, etc.

 

Simple art:

 

preschool valentines activity

preschool valentines activity

 

With the hearts still on the number line, squeeze 6 puddles of glue on a piece of heart-shaped paper. The children can then remove each heart from the number line and place on the glue. (1:1 correspondence)

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

 

 Click here for free download: Colored Hearts Printable

 

 

Here are other fun Valentines activities to try:

Foil Valentines Hearts      Valentines Art      Easy Kids Valentines Craft

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Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Holidays can get pretty crafty, but I am always searching for preschool learning activities, Valentines Day included. Those of you who’ve been following me know that I love process art, such as our spin art valentines and when we painted hearts using marbles. And I love to add theme-related activities to other areas of our classroom.  I also love activities that help develop skills and concepts. I put together a collection of Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers that are playful and fun. If you have more ideas to share, please let me know in the comments section, or on my Facebook page!

 

 

Valentines Learning Activities

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Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers

  1. Learn the letters in your name with this heart-shaped name puzzle. (How Wee Learn)

  2. Download a free printable for a fun heart color recognition activity. (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

  3. Add some science to your valentine activities as you explore with conversation hearts. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)

  4. Play a heart matching game with upper and lowercase letters. (Hands On As We Grow)

  5. Learn what happens when you mix oil and water together with some food coloring and heart-shaped paper. (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

  6. Strengthen number skills with this collection of Montessori-inspired valentines math trays. (Living Montessori Now)

  7. Estimate and measure candy hearts. (Free printable from Buggy and Buddy)

  8. Build shape recognition skills while playing valentines mailbox math. (Pre-Kinders)

  9. Learn about the letter H with this H is for Heart alphabet craft. (I Can Teach My Child)

  10. Make your own valentines memory game to practice letter recognition. (No Time for Flashcards)

  11. Frozen vinegar hearts make a fun valentines science activity. (Inspiration Laboratories)

  12. Pair up the pictures that rhyme with this heart rhyming word activity. (School Time Snippets)

  13. Learn about giving and receiving with this felt valentine post office play set. (Imagine Our Life)

  14. Enjoy this fun collection of Valentine learning activities from Pre-Kinders.

  15. Practice putting the letters of your name in order with this idea using Post-It notes. (Here Come the Girls)

  16. Sort conversation hearts by color using a free printable. (Teaching Tiny Tots)

 

 You might also like these ideas:

toddler winter art    winter circle time activities   winter theme sensory bin   Valentines Ideas for Kids

 

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Toddler Valentine Crafts

Have you tried to find toddler valentine crafts only to see they are way too complicated? I am always searching for ideas on Pinterest and am amazed at how many ideas are tagged for toddlers but really are more for preschoolers. So, when I put this toddler valentines craft collection together, I paid close attention to the details. Here are 15 valentine crafts that teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents…anyone with toddlers…can try with their little ones.

Valentine's art that is fun for toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Toddler Valentine Crafts

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Toddler Valentine Crafts:

  1. Use a salad spinner to create beautiful doily hearts.

  2. Mix some shaving cream and paint for marbled hearts.

  3. Scrunch tissue paper to make a Valentine’s wreath. (Happy Hooligans)

  4. Glue yarn to make a textured heart. (Toddler Approved)

  5. Use an embroidery hoop to make handprint sun catchers. (Two-Daloo for Crafty Texas Girls)

  6. Cut a sponge into a heart shape for fun valentine stamping. (Learn-Create-Love)

  7. Shape a paper tube to make painted hearts on paper. (Housing a Forest)

  8. Make a super sweet hearts using handprints. (Roots and Wings)

  9. Create a Valentines card using both feet. (Mikilani for Toddler Approved)

  10. Trace your child’s arm and use cookie cutters to make a tree of love. (The Preschool Toolbox)

  11. Cut hearts from bubble wrap for fun Valentine printing. (Mess for Less)

  12. Glue torn pieces of tissue paper into a heart shape. (Love, Play and Learn)

  13. Add some sensory by making some sticky Valentines sun catchers. (Simple Fun for Kids)

  14. Cut coffee filters into heart shapes and make them colorful. (No Time for Flash Cards)

  15. Strengthen fine motor skills while using q-tips to paint hearts. (Learn, Play, Imagine)

 valentine's crafts for toddlers

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Winter Bear Dramatic Play Activity

We love to use our dramatic play area for acting out ideas connected to our current theme. After reading one of our favorite books, Bear Snores On, we put together a winter bear dramatic play activity.

We added a great big stuffed bear along with smaller stuffed animals. Since we read the book prior to turning our dramatic play area into a bear’s den, the children were ready to role play what happened in the book.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

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Winter Bear Dramatic Play Activity

So much learning can take place through play. The dramatic play area is especially popular because the children can use their imaginations as they act out various scenes. When they can tie it in with something they recently experienced in real life, or a book we just read, it becomes that much more meaningful.

I cannot take the credit for this year’s bear’s den. My creative co-teacher decorated a big box, complete with fiberfill on the top to mimic snow. She displayed photos of real bears and we had bear picture books nearby.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

We asked the children to bring in a favorite stuffed animal. As they arrived, they placed their animals in a basket near the den.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

And that’s when they noticed a great big bear sleeping in the cave, just like in the book. To say they were excited is an understatement!

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

After our morning meeting, we invited the children to visit the den. They pulled the bear out and brought their own animals into the den. They pretended to be sleeping, waking up, leaving the den, and returning.

Many times.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

As we got ready to go to gym, we placed the big bear and his friends back in the den for a nap.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

When we returned from gym, bear had awakened and was out of the den, reading a book! We never did figure out how that bear got into the chair…. hmm….

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

We then made bears at the art table.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

And made a bear den bulletin board.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

So much learning going on through play!

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

More ideas to try:

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens      Watercolor-Snowflakes - Winter art for kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds     20 winter crafts for preschoolers

 

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Fun Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

One of our themes for January is ice and snow. It’s iffy if we will really get snow in our neck of the woods, but this year we got a record amount. I’m talking multiple snow days with piles and piles of snow! So, when we finally returned from our snow break, it only seemed fitting to read All You Need for a Snowman and create a fun snowman craft with pom poms.

And the cutest little black hats.

And carrot noses made out of pipe cleaners.

Oh, and googly eyes. I have to mention them again since I apparently really, really love those goofy little things.

 

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

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Fun Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

What we used:

Creating these snowmen:

Select a larger and smaller pom pom. (This is a great lesson on size discrimination.) Squirt some tacky glue on one and stick the other to it.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

Then squirt some tacky glue on the face for the googly eyes and pipe cleaner carrot nose. Working with such small pieces requires concentration and builds fine motor skills. Oh, and we learned that it’s easier to place the snowman on its back while adding all the features.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

Squirt some glue around the rim of the hat and plop it on the top of the snowman. Add a twig arm on either side of the snowman’s body.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

When the snowman is completely dry, wrap a felt scarf around the neck, if desired.

Okay, so I found the cutest tiny shovels. (They are here if you are curious.) Look how darling this snowman looks completely adorned!

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

However, not all the children wanted to add everything. Some chose to keep their snowmen basic, and that is perfectly fine. What they wanted to add was their choice.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

I am in love with these little guys and the children are, too!

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

They look so sweet when grouped together, too!

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

Here are more snowman activities you can try:

Playdough Snowman

Spool Stamped Snowman

Bubble Wrap Printed Snowman

Snowman Sensory Bin

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

 

 

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Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

You need to come up with a quick winter activity that is easy to set up and doesn’t make much of a mess. Hello, easy winter art with paper mittens! And I’ve even tossed in a free printable. This winter craft is perfect for the classroom, during a play date, on a quiet afternoon at home.

If this looks familiar, that’s probably because you are recalling our no-mess pumpkin art. Same idea, different season.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

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Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

What we used:

Getting started:

Pour some paint into a dish and add some marbles. After downloading the free printable mitten, cut it out and place it inside the plastic bag.

The activity:

Invite your child to transfer the marbles from the paint into the bag.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

Once all the marbles have been added, seal the bag and start pressing on top of the bag, moving the marbles around.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

You can even shake the bag a bit to get the marbles moving. (Just make sure it’s sealed tight!)

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

This activity is not only develops fine motor skills, but it’s also a fun sensory idea. Children who have an aversion to getting paint on their hands will feel more comfortable having the ingredients inside the closed bag. Sensory seeking children will enjoy pressing on the smooth plastic and moving the marbles around.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

When finished:

Remove marbles and paper mitten from bag. That’s it! Easy peasy and fun.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

As promised, here is your free download: Free Mitten Printable

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

 


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This Winter Science Activities packet is filled with 10 hands-on learning activities that are sure to capture the interest of your little learner. Teach little learners about states of matter, density, chemistry and more with really fun experiments. All the activities come with detailed instructions, material lists, and some experiments include printables. For only $3.00 you can buy it now.

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Easy Winter Snowman Art for Toddlers

Toddlers love to stamp objects. You might recall our toddler ocean art painting, and our color mixing with paper tubes. This is the same concept. Instead this time we used empty sewing spools. It turned out to be such an easy winter snowman art for toddlers! They got to do what they love most: moving objects up and down. Having fun at the art table!

Many years ago someone donated a huge box of empty sewing spools. We have used them for counting activities at our math table, for stamping with play dough, and as loose parts in our block corner. After cutting snowman shapes out of paper, I realized the spools would resemble snowflakes when stamped in paint. We’ve done white paint on blue paper, but for this particular activity I decided to go with the color scheme we were using that week, a blue tone. We had lots of white “snow” at our play dough table and sensory bin so we knew that snow is not blue unless it is tinted.

Easy Winter Snowman Art for Toddlers

 

 

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Easy Winter Snowman Art for Toddlers

What you will need:

  • Empty sewing spools
  • Blue or white paint
  • White or blue paper

 

toddler winter art

 

Setting it up:

Cut paper into a snowman shape. Pour a shallow amount of paint into a tray and place the empty sewing spool in it.

toddler winter art

toddler winter art

 

The process:

Take the spool from the paint and stamp it on the paper. Or slide it. Because that’s fun, too!

toddler winter art

toddler winter art

 

After drying, I decided I wanted them displayed in our window. I used a hole punch and then opened a paper clip to use as a hanger.

toddler winter art

toddler winter art

 

 

Dancing snowmen in the window!

 

Easy Winter Snowman Art for Toddlers

 

 


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Easy Winter Snowball Art for Toddlers

I woke up at 4 in the morning with a thought on how we could put together easy winter snowball art for toddlers. I guess it had been on my mind! Seriously, this was such a simple thought, and yet I knew toddlers would love it. Why? Because it involves painting.

And painting.

And painting.

What I know about toddlers is that they just want to paint. They don’t care what they are painting on, really. They just love to move their arms and hands and fingers. So, I knew we could tie this in with our winter theme. And, ahem, I am certain I am not the only one to come up with this idea. It’s just that it came to me at 4 in the morning. I’m sure others have tried it, too!

Easy Winter Snowball Art for Toddlers

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Easy Winter Snowball Art for Toddlers

 

What you will need for this activity:

 

simple toddler art for winter

 

Setting it up:

Pour paint into containers, add brushes, and turn the muffin tin upside down. Invite the children to paint the tops of the muffin tins.

 

simple toddler art for winter

 

They might get side-tracked and paint their finger. Because, curious minds wonder how paint feels on the skin! (Note: toddlers tend to want to wipe any paint off their hands immediately. Even the smallest amount. We now keep a pack of baby wipes on the table for this reason.)

simple toddler art for winter

simple toddler art for winter

 

Make a print:

When they are finished painting (and not all the circles might be painted, and that is fine), have them press the paper on top of the muffin tin. Show them how to pat the paper all over.

simple toddler art for winter

 

Lift the paper from the muffin tin.

Look at their expressions as they lift the paper from the muffin tin. They love seeing those white circles on their papers!

 

simple toddler art for winter

simple toddler art for winter

Simple Toddler Winter Art

Simple snowballs.

 

Easy Winter Snowball Art for Toddlers

 

You can find more winter activities on my pin board!

 

Here are more ideas:

Fun Activities for Kids     Preschool Bear Theme   toddler painting with golf balls

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Easy Winter Watercolor Snowflakes

We welcome each year with our easy winter watercolor snowflakes. Using pipettes and other types of droppers not only strengthen fine motor development, but they are also fun to use! Once preschoolers learn how to use them, they want to keep going, such as with our pine cone art and our colorful waterfalls. This type of activity is definitely is part of my top 10 ways to get fingers ready for writing.

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Easy Winter Watercolor Snowflakes

What you will need for this activity:

 

 

Preparing the activity:

Pour the liquid watercolors into containers and thin with water to desired strength. I suggest placing the snowflakes on some sort of tray that can contain the watercolors, because preschoolers love this activity so much that excess watercolors will flow off the snowflake.

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Invite the children to squeeze the watercolors onto the snowflakes.

You  might need to show them how to squeeze the paint into the pipette and then release it onto the snowflake. You will know when they get it – their faces will light up!

 Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

 If you don’t have access to the pre-cut tissue shapes, you can cut your own out of coffee filters. We’ve done this in the past and they work well.

 

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds 

 

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

When they are finished, let the snowflakes dry completely.

 

 Watercolor-Snowflakes - Winter art for kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Displaying the watercolor snowflakes:

 

We’ve primarily displayed our watercolor snowflakes on bulletin boards, as shown below, often mixed with other artwork. They also look lovely as window displays and can also be turned into festive garland. You could also hang them from the ceiling, as we did with our watercolor doily art.

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

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17 Winter Snacks for Kids      15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers      Winter Math Ideas for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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This Winter Science Activities packet is filled with 10 hands-on learning activities that are sure to capture the interest of your little learner. Teach little learners about states of matter, density, chemistry and more with really fun experiments. All the activities come with detailed instructions, material lists, and some experiments include printables. For only $3.00 you can buy it now.

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Easy Toddler Snowman Art

Rolling paint on textured surfaces make the best prints, and that’s exactly what we did with this easy toddler snowman art activity. By now you must know our love for bubble wrap, right? Remember when we made rainbows from bubble wrap? Well, this easy snowman art uses the same technique. Rolling the paint across the bubble wrap works the muscles in the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, and fingers. These are the types of activities we love to do for future writing!

Grab some bubble wrap and get ready to watch your toddler have fun!
Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

 

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Easy Toddler Snowman Art

 

What you will need:

Recycled bubble wrap

Brayer

White tempera paint

Blue paper, cut into a snowman shape

Felt scraps for scarf (cut into a strip that can tie around snowman)

Eyes (I found some clip art online)


 

Get started!

 

Pour paint into a shallow container. Dip brayer into it and then roll onto the bubble wrap. This is the fun part, so it’s okay if your toddler wants to roll over and over and over again.

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

When your toddler is finally winding down, place the paper on top of the painted bubble wrap. Show your toddler how to rub the paper as it presses onto the bubble wrap.

 

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Pull the paper off the bubble wrap and show your toddler the print. You just might get a nice smile. Your toddler just might want to do this again!

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Let snowman dry thoroughly. Then, add eyes with a glue stick or white glue. Tie felt around the neck.

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Our toddlers were so happy to show off their snowmen!

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

We hung ours on the bulletin board so they could be admired for awhile. Toddlers love seeing their work displayed!

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Easy Snowman Art for Toddlers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


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Hibernation Activities for Preschoolers

After we explore snow and ice, we start finding hibernation activities for preschoolers. We learn what animals do during the winter, that bears sleep a lot in caves. We also tie this in with our day and night theme, having a pajama day. I’ve put together this collection of hibernation activities, crafts, snacks, songs and books that you can use in your preschool classroom or homeschool.

 

Make sure you are following our winter Pinterest board!

Ideas for the Hibernation Theme

Ideas for the Hibernation Theme

 

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Hibernation Activities for Preschoolers

 

  1. Make stuffed bears and tuck them into bed for the winter.
  2. Turn your dramatic play area into a bear’s den.
  3. After making a hibernation sensory bag, manipulate the animals to find places they can hibernate. (School Time Snippets)
  4. Print off the free pattern to make a paper bag skunk. (I Heart Crafty Things)
  5. After reading “Every Autumn Comes the Bear“, make a cave from a paper plate. (Almost Unschoolers)
  6. Create a large cave for kids to crawl into and pretend to hibernate. (Raising Cajuns)
  7. Strengthen math skills while playing this bear more or less game. (Pre-K Pages)
  8. Invite the children to make yummy snacks that go with the hibernation theme. (Preschool Plan-It)
  9. Trillium Montessori shares many hibernating activities for kids. (I love their unit studies shelf!)
  10. After making bear caves, you can turn them into a letter recognition game. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
  11. Learn about how bats hibernate and then download this printable for a fun craft. (Learn~Create~Love)
  12. Welcome to Mommyhood in Holland shares ideas for a hibernation activity shelf.
  13. Explore hibernation with this hedgehog hibernation basket. (The Imagination Tree)
  14. Download one of these bear printables for a fine motor activity. (Totally Tots)
  15. Sing one of these hibernation songs. (Fun 4 Kids)

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Winter Activities for Preschool Circle Time

When planning winter activities for preschool circle time, we make sure to include kids songs, stories, and learning ideas. Circle time is a great way to help build language and social skills while also learning new concepts. Each day our preschoolers hear at least one story, sing songs and/or recite finger plays, have the opportunity to hold and flip though books, and have short discussions. Some days we also have one sharing person and we will also play a large group game or involve all the children in some sort of activity.

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Winter Activities for Preschool Circle Time

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Winter activities for circle time:

 

 

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Winter books to read at circle time:

 

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17 Winter Snacks for Kids

It’s cold outside and you are looking for more indoor activities to do with your children. Well, how about getting together in the kitchen? I’ve found 17 winter snacks for kids that you can do in your home’s kitchen or in the classroom. They’d even be fun to do during a play date or for a holiday party! Or how about during winter break?

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

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There are many benefits when young children help with a cooking activity. Cooking builds language skills, self-confidence, and strengthens basic math concepts. Cooking invites children to explore with their senses. They might even be willing to try new foods! And, most importantly, young children love cooking because they get to do it with their favorite grown-ups.

Ready? Here you go!

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

Easy Snowman Snack (Sunny Day Family)

Healthy Snowman Snack (Red Ted Art)

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Mittens (Happy Hooligans)

No-Bake Snowflake Cookies  (Sunny Day Family)

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

Banana Snowman (Pre-K Pages)

Kid-Made Snowman Treat (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Chocolate-Covered Reindeer Cookies (Natural Beach Living)

Polar Bear Hot Chocolate (Mom Endeavors)

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

White Chocolate Snowman Lolly (Kids Craft Room)

Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes Snack (Happy Hooligans)

Homemade Edible Snowman (Kids Creative Chaos)

Best Ever Homemade Hot Chocolate (The Realistic Mama)

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

 

Creamy Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate (Tiny Tummy Tales)

Hot Cocoa Crispy Squares (Three Different Directions)

Snowman on a Stick (Dukes and Duchesses)

Kids Winter Morning Glory Muffins (Tiny Tummy Tales)

2-Minute Cinnamon Swirl Mug Muffins (Wholesome Yum)

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

17 Winter Snacks for Kids

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17 Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

One of the questions I hear often from other early childhood teachers is how can we teach preschoolers how to read. Really, it’s about exposing them to a print-rich environment and plenty of playful literacy activities. We do this all year long, changing some of them so they reflect the current season or theme. With winter approaching us, I thought I’d put together a collection of 17 fun winter literacy activities for preschoolers. These can be done in the preschool classroom or at home.

Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

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17 Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

Please note that some of these activities are a bit more advanced for preschoolers who are ready to sound out letters or start recognizing simple words. Wait to use these until you feel they are appropriate.

 

This snowball name activity also strengthens fine motor skills. (Fun-a-Day)

After reading The Mitten, invite your preschoolers to do some visual sequencing of the story. (Play to Learn Preschool)

Recognize letters while doing the penguin plunge activity. (Mom Inspired Life)

Download these free arctic animal word cards for a winter pocket chart. (Pre-Kinders)

Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

Winter is a fun time for an arctic animal sensory writing tray. (Fun-a-Day)

Download these free winter writing labels to use at your writing table. (Preschool Inspirations)

Go on a letter hunt in the snow. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)

Strengthen letter recognition with this fun hot chocolate game. (Toddler Approved)

Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

Match the letters in the alphabet with this snowman letter matching activity. (Totschooling)

Throw pretend snowballs at letters while learning letter sounds. (Mom Inspired Life)

Work on letter recognition with these free arctic animal cards. (Preschool Powol Packets)

Build your name with free snowman letter printables. (A Dab of Glue Will Do)

Write your name using ice pens. (Preschool Powol Packets)

Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

Put together a gingerbread name activity with homemade scented playdough. (Books and Giggles)

When your preschooler has mastered letter sounds, here’s a fun snowman sight words game to try. (Sparkling Buds)

Make shadow puppets for the Gingerbread Man. (Adventure in a Box)

Practice writing letters using these fun winter tracing pages. (Learning 2 Walk)

Fun Winter Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

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