Young children learn through play and they love nothing more than helping adults around the house. Why not involve them in things you are doing around the house, ask them questions and turn the experience into practical learning.
Take advantage of the weather by trying out some of these activities:
|Making snowballsCounting the balls as you go. How many have we made? If we make another one how many will there be? If we add / takeaway some how many will there be?
|Dressing for winterGet your child to tell you about all the things you need to wear to keep warm. They could draw a picture of themselves and their family all dressed up for the weather. Ask questions for example – Who has the biggest boots? Who has the smallest?|
|Making shapes in the snowCan you make a circle, square etc with a stick or with your footprints in the snow? Who can make the biggest, smallest?||Feeding the birdsTalk about what can be done to help the birds during winter. Make a fat ball or a seed cake for them.
|Freezing and MeltingCollect some snow / ice in a container and bring it indoors. Talk about what happens to it when it heats up. What happens if we put a bowl of water outside when it is freezing?
|Drawing a snowy sceneLook out of the window – discuss what can be seen. Draw or paint a picture or make a collage.