Winter is coming and if your preschoolers like to dress themselves they may want to sport some shorts and sandals without caring about the low temperatures outside. Most little ones need help understanding why it is okay to wear short sleeves some days, but others a jacket is needed…especially with the 70 degree days we are having in Texas this December! Help your little learners understand and dress for winter with these four activities.
Teaching concepts like seasons and winter by reading a book is a great way to get your preschoolers introduced to a new topic. Dressing for winter is no different and Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is the perfect book for doing just that. This book offers repetitive (and silly) text that will have your little learners reading along in no time. As Froggy tries to enjoy the cold weather he is in too much of a hurry to remember the appropriate clothing he needs to wear on a snowy, cold winter day.
After reading and discussing how Froggy finally dressed correctly for the weather it is time for a little hands on action. Have your learners dress a boy and girl for the winter weather using this FREE printable. Simply print, cut and work together to dress the children for a cold winter day. This activity puts a visual to the concept of how to dress for the season and allows learners to use the correct vocabulary for winter clothing. You can grab this free resource HERE!
Getting active to reinforce skills is a great way to help your preschoolers remember what they learned. One of my little learners’ favorite games throughout the year is “Getting Dressed for Winter Relay”. You heard me right…a RELAY…the kiddos loved it!
Simply grab 2 sets of winter clothes at Walmart or Target. I have sweatshirts and pants (a couple sizes too big for my kiddos), scarves, gloves, and hats (you can grab snow boots if you want also). Then, group your little ones into 2 teams and have them race to get dressed the fastest. The first team that finishes wins and everyone enjoys some hot cocoa afterwards…you KNOW you HAVE to bring in the cocoa after this game!
For your older learners you can help them understand not only how to dress for winter, but all the seasons of the year. Grab my Seasons Lapbook to complete with your learners to finish out this topic. They will have an interactive way to review the seasons including, why we have seasons, what the different seasons look like, vocabulary for each season and, of course, dressing for each season.
So, if you preschoolers are dressing for warm weather when snow is falling outside pick one or all four of the activities to help them understand how to dress for winter. Don’t forget to grab this freebie and the interactive lapbook and stay warm (in the appropriate clothing) this winter!