Toddler Homeschool: Snow Week

As you are probably aware, I'm currently staying home with J until he goes off to school. The school he will be attending called me in December and said there was a spot open for his class, and asked if he wanted to start in January. However, we declined; I wanted to be able to spend a couple more seasons with him at home! So here we are in the thick of dreary Winter! Because we are stuck inside a bit more than during other seasons, I thought it would be fun to have different learning units for J! You can't ever begin too early, right?

For our first week, we studied snow, and it turned out to be quite fitting because we got A LOT of snow during that week! However, you can still study snow regardless of the conditions outside.

Here are some of the things that we did to study snow:

  • Snow, by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, by Shirley Neitzel
  • Snowmen at Christmas (we would have read others in this series as well, but they were unavailable at the library), by Caralyn Buehner 
  • Under My Hood I Have a Hat, by Karla Kuskin
  • Making a Friend, by Alison McGhee
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow, by Lucille Colandro
  • Snowballs, by Lois Ehlers
Why not mow the snow?
Under My Hood I Have a Hat is especially good for toddlers, because some of the words are represented as pictures, so you can have your child help "read" the book with you. Note: In reading these books, I realized that muffler is another word for scarf...but since we don't call it a muffler in our house, I changed it to scarf when reading.

Gross Motor/Sensory Activities:
  • Building a Snowman (again, we were fortunate to have a lot of snow to actually build one); however, if you are short on snow, you can always make a miniature version using baking soda and water. I found a fantastic recipe on Growing a Jeweled Rose.
  • Make snow angels in the snow! Just have fun while you're outside :)
  • Snowball fight: Do this INSIDE! Crumple up a bunch of old newspaper or ads (or whatever paper you may have on hand) and have fun throwing (gently) the "snowballs." For an added activity, if you have a snow shovel or something similar, you can practice scooping the snow up and then recycle it.
Fine Motor Activities:
  • Marshmallow "snow" drop: Have your child use tongs to pick up marshmallows and place them in another container (we used an old jar I had cleaned, as well as a muffin tin). We both ate a few in the process :) This activity is great for fine motor skills; your child will have to use small movements with the tongs to pick up the marshmallows, and then will have an added challenge of moving it to another container.
  • Rice Snowman: Use glue and make three distinct circles and fill in with glue. Have your child place pieces of white rice on the glue until it is covered. When dry, paint around the rice snowman!
  • Snowflake paintings: Use a hot glue gun to draw snowflake designs on a piece of thick paper (I used watercolor paper). Then have your child paint the snowflake picture with watercolor. For an added bonus, while the paper and paint are still wet, sprinkle salt all over the painting! It makes for a very cool effect!
Science/STEM Activities:
  • Snow melt: If you do have access to real snow, you can bring some snow inside and see how long it takes to melt. Added activity: If you have any rock salt, compare the times it takes to melt naturally vs. with the rock salt.
  • Snow ice cream: Again, if you have access to real snow, make this yummy treat. Just be careful where you're scooping the snow from ;)
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! You can do as many or as few activities as you'd like and as time allows!