I have an annoying habit. It involves my thought process right before a nice, loooong Christmas break, spring break, or even sometimes summer break. I start to think about that day, week, or month when we have to come back. The thought of empty lesson plans for preschool in winter sends chills throughout my body! That is why I have teamed up with some amazing people to bring you this all-inclusive, cross-curricular, hands-on activity packet of Winter Lesson Plans for Preschool: Literacy, Science, Math! Can I get a big ol’ sigh of relief?!

Winter Lesson Plan Ideas for Preschool

WINTER PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES

EXPLORING THE SEASON WITH PRESCHOOLERS IS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN! WINTER PRESCHOOL THEME ACTIVITIES BRING THE SEASON TO LIFE WHILE KEEPING THEM ENGAGED.

The importance of preschool lesson plans should not be underestimated! Preschool and elementary school teachers know all too well that failing to plan a variety of interesting learning opportunities results in pure chaos.

Capitalizing on a winter theme helps celebrate the season. Or maybe your own children live in a warm climate and have only seen snow on T.V. and are wondering why!

It’s important to help young learners connect the special events, weather, holidays, and winter activities with real life. This helps young children form a solid foundation of what each season means, and the overall cycle of the seasons each year.

This amazing bundle of winter activities lesson plans for preschool covers a TON of curricular ground and topics:

  • Art projects/mediums (markers, crayons, texture)
  • Science experiments for kids
  • Winter math activities
  • Alphabet and letter recognition activities
  • Social Studies learning activities
  • Fine motor skills gross motor skills
  • Sensory preschool lesson ideas
  • Social/emotional winter printable for preschool

Our team of experienced classroom teachers has got your entire month of January (or longer) covered with this perfect set of lesson plans!

In addition to preschool lesson plan fun activities and printables, we’ve included a list of books and songs that fit with a winter theme.

Each preschool winter activity or craft may also be differentiated to suit your students! We made sure to include:

  • Modifications
  • Extensions
  • Adaptations
photo of a child matching mittens from a pile of winter mittens

Winter Science Activities for Preschoolers

WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS with preschoolers

WINTER SNOW AND ICE PROVIDE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTENERS TO EXPERIMENT!

  • What causes snow to melt/freeze?
  • Does snow melt faster in certain conditions?
  • Where does the snow go when it melts?
  • Why does ice freeze/melt?
  • Where does it snow?
  • Where to bugs/insects go in winter?

Once you pique their interest with fascinating preschool winter science lesson plans, you’ll be amazed at what your students begin to notice out their own front door, on the playground, or around town!

A child holding a block of ice.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Celebrate the Season?

A variety of themed hands-on activities that stretch across the curriculum provides very meaningful connections and creates strong learners. These preschool lesson plan ideas cover important developmental skills, making them ideal for homeschoolers, special needs kids, mom and dad, and anyone else working with little learners.

Increases Connections: Thematic units help children tie what they learn at school to what’s happening in real life. When learning makes sense and children can “see” it beyond the classroom, it tends to stick.

Builds on Prior Knowledge: Children can use what they already know about winter to build a larger knowledge base as they continue to engage in winter-themed activities.

Brings Learning to Life: We all know that reading about something in a book and THEN experiencing it in real life tends to result in stronger recall than simply reading about it alone.

Improves Vocabulary: Learning through a theme improves early literacy skills. Your students are more likely to remember and understand theme vocabulary because they see it again and again in different contexts.

A child laying on a rug next to a column of paper mittens to measure his height.

How To Use Winter Activities For Preschoolers In Your Lesson Plans

WINTER PRESCHOOL UNITS

THIS COMPREHENSIVE SET OF FREE PRINTABLE WINTER WORKSHEETS, CRAFT IDEAS, COUNTING ACTIVITIES, PUZZLES, AND MORE WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

The printable pages take out the guesswork for educators. Just print the winter-themed preschool lesson activity plans, gather supplies, and you’re ready to go.

There’s no reason to design your own preschool curriculum when we’ve done it for you, from book recommendations to calendar activities and everything in between.

Your students will love exploring winter!

Other Ways To Use The Winter Activities for Preschoolers:

Send Activities Home: Didn’t get to a fun winter math activity during preschool? Send it home for families to play a winter counting game together.

Read Themed Books: Don’t let our list of recommended reading be the end of your explorations of winter-themed books! There are so many! Place them in your classroom library and let your students enjoy.

Designate Days: Theme learning can sometimes feel overwhelming because there are actually TOO MANY activities you want to do! Create a little order by setting specific days of the week for each subject.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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