I believe children learn best when they do not even realize they are learning! Enjoy these activities that incorporate hands-on projects while touching on a child’s five senses. Three major academic areas, math, science and language, are focused on, as well as some crafty and tasty treats.
Have Fun and Enjoy Your Children!
January Theme: Winter Wonderland
Song: The Winter Song (Farmer in the Dell)
Let’s sing a winter song,
Let’s sing a winter song,
The days are short, the nights are long,
Let’s sing a winter song.
The winter wind is cold, the winter wind is cold,
It freezes, noses, ears and toes,
The winter wind is cold.
Winter now is here, winter now is here,
Put on your coat, hats and gloves,
Winter now is here.
Math: Shape Snowman
Need: White paper, scissors, glue
- Go on a circle hunt around the house. Find items that you can trace on white paper.
- You need three items: small, medium and large.
- Help your child trace and cute out the circles, talking about the sizes.
- Draw snowman parts and have your child put together a snowman.
Gross Motor: Ice Skating
Need: paper plates, string
- Poke two holes on each side of the plates.
- Tie a piece of string to each hole.
- Have your child step on the plates and tie the string over their foot.
- Put on classic music while your child has fun ice skating around the house.
Art: Snowy Scene
Need: White crayon, blue construction paper, Epsom Salt
- Let your child draw a winter scene on the blue paper.
- Mix together 1 Cup hot water and 4 Tablespoons Epsom salt.
- Let your child paint the mixture over their winter scene and see what happens when it dries.
Tasty Treat: Peppermint Ice Cream
Need: small candy canes, ½ Cup milk, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ice, rock salt and plastic sealable baggies
- Let your child crush a small candy cane in a small baggie using a rolling pin.
- Add milk, sugar and vanilla and seal bag.
- In a larger baggie place ice and rock salt.
- Add the mixture bag and shake until thick consistency….enjoy!
Science: Ice Painting
Need: Dry tempera paint or Kool-Aide, ice cube trays, Popsicle sticks, paper
- Talk to your child about freezing and melting. What kind of things freeze/melt? How long will it take water to freeze?
- Fill ice cube tray with water and put a Popsicle stick in. After frozen sprinkle paint over your paper and use the ice cubes and a paintbrush.
Corrie Binette is the owner of The Learning Stop. It is located in the Londonderry Commons on 44 Nashua Road. The Learning Stop is a Preschool-Kindergarten and also provides after Moose Hill care and drop-off hours. For more information please visit their website or call 434-0082.