Winter doesn’t seem like the ideal season for acquainting young children with nature study, but don’t be fooled! There are many wonderful things to do indoors and out which will engage young children to observe things in nature.
Your little ones will love this kindergarten and preschool winter theme!
The activity guide covers five main topics and several subtopics:
- Weather – snow, ice, frost, wind
- The Sky – clouds, sun, moon, stars
- Animals – birds, active animals & hibernation, animal tracks & signs
- Plants – deciduous trees, evergreens, small plants
- The Ground – rocks, soil
For each subtopic, you will find a few nature walk suggestions, each with at least one follow-up activity to do indoors. Sometimes the follow-up activity is a game, experiment or recipe; other times it’s a reproducible worksheet. Most of the full-color worksheets are hands-on and fun, while promoting skills like cutting, sorting, counting and more.
Please don’t feel obligated to do the follow-up activities – just exploring nature is enough! (Even though I think your PK/K children will LOVE them.)
Here are a few examples of the nature walks and follow-up activities you’ll find.
After noticing how birds fly then mimicking animal movements, your children can create simple charts of animals that fly vs. animals that walk using the printables included.
After observing conifers, you can choose to create a craft from cones and/or sort cones based on various characteristics.
After noting where the sun is in the sky on the printable chart, your children might trace shadows, make sun prints and/or create sun catchers.
In all, there are more than 100 activity suggestions! Not to mention, I’ve included a complete list of the best living literature, poetry and field guides perfect for young children.
Through the fun and varied activities, your PK/K will soak in all sorts of learning and find winter to be a magical season!
47 pages, digital curriculum