There are so many great winter activities for kids and I am in the midst of planning lots of them for my kids. While I was looking for winter theme activities, I decided it would be great idea to make a list of my favorites to share with you.
These would all be fantastic for preschoolers and a great addition to your winter theme lesson plans. If you are not a classroom teacher and are just looking for fun winter activities to do with your kids at home, these are perfect for you too!
Our Favorite Winter Theme Activities for Preschoolers
1. Kids will absolutely love decorating a snowflake with this winter craft activity. It’s a fun way to explore collage art this winter with this snowflake craft!
2. This melted snowman shape collage is a fantastic art activity for toddlers and preschoolers!
3. Wow your kids with this totally cool blizzard lava lamp experiment!
4. Develop fine motor skills with these fun winter pom pom mats.
5. These snowman roll, cover and write mats will teach so many different skills.
6. This simple winter art activity is was a hit with my kids.
7. Develop math and literacy skills with mitten roll, cover and write mats.
8. Penguin counting mats make learning to count fun and hands-on.
9. This snowball throw alphabet game is a total blast for kids and an excellent way for them to burn energy indoors.
10. This snowman alphabet activity is super simple to set up and a great way to develop fine motor skills.
11. Whether you are outside playing or bring the snow inside, snow is the perfect canvas for color mixing or experimenting with color!
12. Play dough is a go to activity for when it’s just too cold to play outside. It keeps my kids entertained, especially when it’s sparkly, and helps develop their creativity.
13. Pattern blocks are a fabulous way to work a child’s mind. Since it feels like winter outside, these snowflake pattern block mats are completely appropriate!
14. We are always trying to find fun sensory activities. When we have snow days I like to set up sensory bins, like this one inspired by a snow globe, so that my kids can explore as well as come and go all day long.
Winter Theme Free Printables
Use these Snowflake CVC Word Building Strips to give kids practice with isolating sounds and spelling CVC words this winter!
Grab these Snowman Beginning Sounds Mats to have students practice identifying beginning sounds, letter identification, & more!
This snowman count and cover activity would be perfect for your preschool or kindergarten math centers.
These snowman alphabet mats are a fun way to learn letter formation this winter season.
Teach names, sight words, spelling words and more this winter with these snowman word building mats!
These snowman theme phonics board games are free printable phonics games for kids who are learning letter sounds.
This editable snowman word work board game is a fun way to practice sight words, CVC words, and more.
Make math fun with these free Snowman Number Spin & Build Mats that teach number sense, counting and number formation.
These Penguin Comparing Sets Clip Cards are a fun way to learn to count and compare groups!
Snow and Ice Activities
One of my favorite things about snow is when it looks like glitter is falling from the sky. This winter writing tray, with it’s sparkles, is just like the glitter falling from the sky.
If you live in the tundra like I do, you know that with the snow, ice usually comes too. This colorful science experiment is perfect for those icy days when you don’t want to go outside and freeze.
Have you used puffy paint before? It’s so much fun! This diy snow puffy paint is a must try! This is such a fun craft! What kids wouldn’t love to paint snow?
The snow and ice does eventually melt. But how? This melting activity will help kids understand!
Creativity often comes out of children in the form of art. This snowy art project looks fun and a great way for kids to keep on creating!
These pine tree discovery bottles are so interesting to look at and a great way to explore winter evergreens.
Ice painting is a process art activity that kids love! You could paint inside on a block of ice or outside with ice on the ground. It would be fun to paint with gloves on too.
These winter play dough mats will have your kids creating stories about epic snow ball fights and handsome snowmen!
Winter Songs and Games
Cotton balls and cotton swabs are excellent ways to create snowflakes in this indoor activity.
We love Christmas music, but when Christmas is over we’re sad to see it go. This year we will be trying these songs for winter!
Snowball fights are fun, but this much warmer and safer activity would be great for snowball play indoors!
If you can’t go outside and build a snowman, build this indoor snowman for ball sorting. A great activity for all winter long!
Incorporate rhyming practice into this fun snowman game! This would make a one on one activity, an independent time or a great busy bag as well.
This is a fun snowman craft that could easily turn into story telling or a puppet show after it’s made.
Who says snowmen are only made up of three balls? This snowman name activity could make some tall tall snowmen! Our kids love to add cute buttons to snowmen!
Setting up an invitation to create a snowman is a great idea on a snow day. I think my kids would be creating for hours!
Snowball and Snowmen Activities for Kids
When you’re stuck inside and kids are bored, a snowman factory will cure the boredom quick!
Mittens are a must if you’re playing in the snow. This mitten counting activity is bound to help kids forget their practicing math and they’ll think it’s just a fun game!
Marshmallows are like mini snowballs. Kids will love using this snowball snack to spell out their name!
This snowman sensory bottle is an excellent way to entertain little ones. I love that this bottle looks like it’s filled with melting snow! This is a great way for your kids to enjoy sensory play.
These indoor snowball activities are a great way to develop gross motor skills and burn off energy when you can’t get outside.
Sensory Bags are fun for all ages, I even like a good sensory bag. This snowman sensory bag is perfect to hang in the window during the winter and is a fun hands-on activity!
Don’t forget to whip up some snow ice cream! It actually tastes really good. It’s a great activity for the classroom. The kids will love making some ice cream for a snack.
These sparkly mixed media winter paintings are just gorgeous! I can’t wait to do them with my kids one day.
Digital Winter Activities for Kids
Looking for an engaging way to practice beginning blends this winter? Your students will love this Google Slides/Seesaw North Pole blends sort activity!
Grab this free digital feed the snowman words activity to practice literacy & spelling skills!
Your students will love practicing with these digital snowball addition and subtraction mats.
Practice reading and building words with this editable word building activity!
With all of these fun activities I no longer dread the super snowy or icy days of winter. I am actually looking forward to exploring all the fun we will have with these winter theme activities!
Are you looking for engaging math and literacy activities that you can use this winter? Are you wishing you could find activities that would meet all the different needs and levels of your students without having to scour the entire internet? Are you trying to avoid cutting out a million different shapes and pieces? Do you need the activities in black and white because you can’t print in color? If you said yes to any of the above, then these winter math activities and winter literacy activities are going to be a lifesaver!
With 25 different activities and a variety of winter themes, this winter printable pack is perfect for centers!
While engaging with these winter activities, students will work on a variety of skills and you can tailor them to their level of ability.
Click here to check out the whole bundle of winter math and literacy activities.