Activities for Cold Days
- Go on a nest hunt. With all the leaves off the trees, nests are much easier for children to spot. Look high and low for bird nests.
- Search for and collect the colours of winter. These can be used indoors at the art or sensory tables.
- Build forts and cubby houses!
- Decorate bare trees with paper snowflakes, coloured balloons, streamers, wind chimes.
- Plant bulbs indoors – hyacinths.
Activities for Rainy Days
- Put on gumboots and splash in puddles. Encourage children to look at their reflection in the puddle.
- Bring paintbrushes outside and use the water from the puddles to paint on the fences and paths.
- Talk about how water flows: down gutters, along creek beds, down hills, down to where puddles form.
- Bring out plastic tubes for water flow experiments – what else can travel down the tubes?
- Incorporate water play into the sandpit.
Activities for Snowy Days
- Catch snowflakes on black construction paper and use a magnifying glass to get a good look at them.
- Catch snowflakes on your tongue. Ask: How many can you catch?, or What does it feel like when it melts?
- Identify each child's footprints in the snow (stand in a row and then have everyone take a few steps).
- Use sand play toys, such as buckets, shovels and trucks, to shape the snow, just as you would sand.
Layer up and get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air!