Most kids LOVE playing in the snow! Sledding, snow angels, forts, caves, and headfirst dives (or is that only my kids?) It can definitely be hard to drag preschoolers in from the great outdoors for school. Why not bring some snow inside for math time and build snow shapes with this FREE printable penguin math activity for preschoolers!
Snow Shapes Winter Math Activities for Preschool fits nicely with your winter preschool lesson plans. The penguin themed cards include nine shapes: triangle, rectangle, circle, square, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, rhombus, and octagon. You just need to print, protect, and get ready for some super playful learning. Oh, and you need some of that cold white stuff our kids love so much.
Winter Lesson Plans for Preschool
It can be a challenge keeping preschool themed activities interesting and engaging for our youngest learners.
Implementing a winter theme actually saves time because you can use the same activities in different ways. For example, the penguin shape cards can also be used in a sorting activity, or a penguin counting activity.
Other penguin ideas for preschool might include learning facts about penguins, setting up a penguin habitat in the sensory bin, tracing or writing simple vocabulary words, or getting active with games that require waddling like a penguin.
Materials needed for the Penguin Activity Snow Shapes:
Snow (substitute white play dough or instant snow if you don’t have access to the real stuff)
Penguin Shape Cards
Small scoop or popsicle stick
To prep: I sent my daughter out to the snow to fill up the tray. Our snow was packing snow which actually ended up being a bit difficult to work with, so if you can get it while it’s still light and fluffy that would be the best.
To play: We tried various methods to create the shapes. We started with a popsicle stick to trace the shapes into the snow. This was kind of a science experiment all by itself.
Then we tried a small ice cream spoon that we had in our craft stash. That helped us make the shapes stand out a bit more.
When the snow got really stiff and sticky, we delved into sensory play by using our hands. We found that if we made a “square” and tapped the edges lightly on the tray we could create the shapes that were on our cards.
Big sister got excited about the snow and had the great idea to make a cube even though we were working on 2-dimensional shapes.
Planning for a Winter Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!
We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your WINTER THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below: