Children learn and explore their world through their five senses. A great way to engage kids’ senses is through sensory play. Snow sensory play is so fun during the cold winter months, a great addition to other winter activities for preschoolers.
Let’s put together some sensory snow play!
Fill a large, plastic bin or sensory table with snow and let kids play and explore! The best part is that this sensory play is appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers!
Sensory Table Ideas for Winter
ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR SNOW, GET THOSE SMALL MUSCLES WORKING:
- Dig and scoop
- Use pipettes to add color
- fill containers and pour
Why Is Sensory Play Important?
Kid love to explore and get messy! Here are some other great reasons to incorporate sensory play into your preschooler’s day.
More Snow Inspiration:
Create a full maker space for these awesome activities!
Keep your supplies stocked and these engaging activities on hand for that moment when inspiration hits!
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Materials needed for Sensory Snow:
Get the Supplies Here:
Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here.
- Washable paints
- Small Bowls
- Sensory Table
- Gloves (optional)
Crayola Washable Paint, Assorted Colors, 16 Ounces, 12 Count20 PCS 5 ML Liquid Droppers Silicone,Silicone Plastic Liquid Droppers,Liquid Droppers Pipettes with Bulb Tip for Children Kids Medicine Science Candy Gummy Molds Crafts(with 2 Cleaning Brushes)edxeducation Sand and Water Play Table – in Home Learning Station for Kids Sensory Play – 23” High – Tubular Steel Frame – Includes Cover and Plug – Indoor and Outdoor
Putting Together the Snow Sensory Bin
Bring some real snow inside and start playing! Kids will love venturing outside to collect the snow with you.
Wondering how to make snow for sensory play? A sensory bin with snow is fun and there is no need to miss out if you don’t get snow. Just make some! Use 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of conditioner and mix.
Add a science component with color mixing for your preschooler! Mixing colors in preschool is an early introduction to science experiments. Use watered down primary colors and watch as kids discover what colors go together to make secondary colors.
Other Ways to Use the Winter Sensory Bin:
Make Winter Soup
Provide pom poms, cotton balls, snowflake table scatter, gems and more and let kids play in a winter-themed kitchen.
Add Winter Animals
Use arctic & Antarctic animals to set up a fun small world for open-ended play
Build a Snowman!
Add loose parts and let kids sculpt and mold their own snowman.
Our Favorite Snow Theme Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Ten Sparkly SnowflakesSneezy the SnowmanHow to Catch a SnowmanLearning to Ski with Mr. Magee: (Read Aloud Books, Series Books for Kids, Books for Early Readers)SnowCurious About Snow (Smithsonian)Snowmen at NightSnowmen at PlayThe SnowmanLittle Critter: Just a SnowmanBiscuit’s Snowy DayLittle Owl’s Snow