Learning can be SNOW much fun!
Snow is a rare occurrence here in North Carolina, so when it comes, it’s definitely a cause for celebration! My kids LOVE to play in the snow – they are often up before the sun, ready to play play play!
This winter I hosted a preschool learning day to teach my little friends all about SNOW. Here is an overview of all of the activities we did so you use some/all of these ideas to engage your kiddos:
To kick off the lesson, I showed pictures of snow in different forms (ice crystals, snowflakes, snowballs, etc.) and I gave a very basic overview of how snow is formed: Snow is formed high in the clouds from water vapor, which is water in the form of gas. If a cloud is cold enough, the water vapor freezes to form ice crystals. As they fall they can clump together with other ice crystals to form snowflakes that fall to the ground.
I had the kids stand up and dance around the room as fluffy clouds. I told them that the water vapor in the clouds was freezing and falling to the ground as snowflakes, so they had to slowly act that out, falling to the ground as snow. They roared with laughter and we did it again and again!
After getting our wiggles out, the kids sat down for our Bible lesson. I read them a little story I wrote about how each of them was created uniquely by God:
We discussed that, just like no two snowflakes are the same, kids are created uniquely too! We went around in a circle and discussed what made each kid unique. They usually pointed out physical characteristics (red hair, freckles, glasses, long legs, etc.) and then I challenged them to think of character traits that made them unique (kind, energetic, forgiving, creative, etc.). I told them that each child was created uniquely by God – on purpose and for a purpose! I took out a large magnifying glass and held it up to my fingers so that they could observe my fingerprints. We each took a turn inspecting our fingerprints and discussing the idea that no two people (not even identical twins!) have the same fingerprints. They are unique to each individual. Back at our seats, I gave each child a paper plate with a dollop of paint on it and had them dip their index finger in the paint and cover the snowflake page with their fingerprints, driving home the message that each of them is unique, just like a snowflake!
Our Bible verse for this lesson is Ephesians 2:10. We practiced saying it again and again so the truth could seep into our hearts.
Then we practiced counting with snowballs: I gave each kid a bowl of cotton balls and a counting snowballs card with a number 1-10. They could use a plastic spoon (or their fingers) to scoop the cotton balls and pile them on your card. Then we switched cards with a partner and counted again!
Next we tied in the Bible verse Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow”
I gave each child an activity page with a red snowflake printed on it used the cotton balls from earlier to cover the snowflake to make it white as snow. It’s such a beautiful visual of how Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for us cancelled our debt and made our sins as white as snow.
Next the kids got some hands-on letter practice as they traced letters in “snow” (salt). I gave each one the first letter in their name, a tray of salt, and a paintbrush. The kids could use the paintbrush (or their finger if they preferred) to draw the letter in the salt tray. Then I called out different letters and had them write the letter. For those who have mastered the uppercase letters, I challenged them to write the lowercase letter.
Then, of course, we had a snowball fight! Now we didn’t actually have any snow, but we used the pretend crocheted snowballs. I sprinkled them all over the field and let the kids have at it. The kids had a BLAST!
We finished the morning with a snowflake snack (white cheddar popcorn). Other cute and easy snack ideas are: mozzarella cheese sticks colored to look like snowmen, pretzels and marshmallows to make snowflakes, and a snowman made out of sliced bananas and topped with various fruit to dress him up.
Phew! It was such a fun morning! You can do all of the activities together like we did or you can spread them out throughout a week. You can get all of these SNOW learning activities and printables here:
Last week we got our first snow day of the year – my kids were so excited! My son came down to the breakfast table with his winter coat and hat on! 🙂
We enjoyed a wonderful family day in the snow:
Look at this wonderful e-mail from my kindergartener’s school:
Parents, Students, and Teachers,
For generations people have greeted the first snow of the year with joy! It is a reminder of God’s handy work that each season brings. A reminder of how magical childhood is. And a time to make memories as a family. For this reason and many more we will have a snow day! Normally we adjust our lesson plans for the day but today all students and staff, please go make memories. And do not worry about school. It has been a year of endless stress and loss and trying to make up for it. For this moment we are going to let go of the worry of having to make up for anything. So, please enjoy a day of playing in the snow, hot chocolate, and making memories. Please take pictures of the kids in the snow to remember these moments to look back on for the years to come. Tomorrow, we will get back to the serious business of growing up and academics. But today….. go build a snowman!
I’m not crying – you’re crying 😭🥰
I pray you get to enjoy a good ole fashioned snow day with your family! But even if you live in a warm climate without the need for a snow shovel, you can still engage your kids with these activities that point to the important truth that we are all created uniquely, in the image of God and Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross washes our sins away and makes us white as snow!
Want to simplify your lesson planning? You can download ALL of these activities I mentioned (plus more!) in this fun and engaging print-and-go activity packet: