Winter is upon us which means it’s getting closer to winter break as well as a slew of other events. Whenever the snow starts to fall, we can never be too sure what kind of time we are going to lose to weather or holidays. Therefore, using fun winter activities can be a great way to reinforce learning and practice new skills in an engaging way. How can you do that? Well, you check out these great resources from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond!
Go On Hunt!
You’ve probably been working on letters and numbers all year long. However, you have to reinforce letter and number recognition throughout the school year. Some fun winter activities you can do with your students include an Alphabet Hunt and Number Hunt. These activities are great for reinforcing letter recognition and formation. There are several ways students can search for the letters and numbers which all help with students’ fine motor skills.
When you use letter and number hunts in your classroom, your students have a great opportunity to practice a skill they will need to be successful in math and reading. Plus, it’s something students can do independently. Because students can do these activities independently, they are perfect for literacy and math centers as well as morning motivators.
Use Fun Winter Activities in Math
Your students can do more than the basics when it comes to fun winter activities for kindergarten students. You can also use these activities to push students forward with Snap Cubes and Geoboard Task Cards.
Snap Cubes are a great tool to use to help students grow confidence in their counting. Students use the cubes to count and create shapes. Because students are making a specific shape, they are using skills that help them create graphs. One of the biggest benefits of using snap cubes with task cards is they are self checking because they have to create a specific shape.
Geoboard Task Cards take students’ math skills one step further as you start to introduce them to geometry. Because this is a more complex skill set, your students will enjoy the engaging task cards where their work can be checked with ease. When your students can check their own work, they gain a level of confidence.
Tell a Story
One of the most important skills we can teach kindergarteners is reading comprehension. A great way to help students get great at comprehension is to use Sequencing Stories with pictures! The visual cues that go with these fun winter activities help students see how the story should go. In turn, this helps them with their writing.
Winter is a busy time of year. So, make sure you are making the most of it by using fun engaging activities that students can do independently. By having independent activities, you free yourself up for small group instruction.