Winter Play Continues…

Winter Play Continues…

Frosty mornings have meant a continued interest in our wintery activities. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks…

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Counting Snowmen

Snowman inspired maths... counting , number recognition and pattern work - from Rachel (",)

The snowman below is a FREE printable, available to download from this post

Number recognition and counting with FREE snowman printable- from Rachel (",)

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Counting Penguins

Number recognition and counting with penguins (FREE printable) - from Rachel (",)

You can download the numbered penguins FREE from this post

Number recognition and counting with penguins (FREE printable) - from Rachel (",)

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Finger Gym

Pom-pom ‘snowballs’ and numbered snowmen cups. Some of them put the correct number of snowballs in the cups and some just filled them up – they all used the tweezers though!

Using fine motor skills to put 'snowballs' into numbered snowmen cups - from Rachel (",)

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Pipe Cleaner Scarves

We  used my hand painted peg people and the Family Counters from Learning Resources for this…

Wrapping people and pets with pipe-cleaner 'scarves' - from Rachel (",)

Wrapping people and pets with pipe-cleaner 'scarves' - from Rachel (",)

Pipe cleaner scarves - from Rachel (",)

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Winter Trees on the Light Panel

Winter tree transient art - from Rachel (",)

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Snowflakes on the Light Panel

Our light panel has a colour changing feature. We don’t use it much, but had it on the pale blue setting when we were doing this, to add to the wintery effect. It looks more blue than it actually is in the photos though!

Invitation to create an snowflakes on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

Demonstrating great concentration when creating a snowflake - from Rachel (",)

Snowflakes on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Number Games

I put out a card game board (from Early Excellence) and a wooden game board with some loose parts so that they could make up their own games…

Making up board games - from Rachel (",)

Making up maths games - from Rachel (",)

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Soapflakes in the Water Tray

Slippery, slimy exploration…

Soap flakes in the water tray - from Rachel (",)

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Insta-Snow!

If you don’t get a lot of snow and have never tried this, you really need to…

Exploring Insta-Snow - from Rachel (",)

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Small World Play

I slightly changed some of the resources in the arctic world shared in last week’s post for a while…

Winter small world play from Rachel (",)

Feeding time for the Polar Bear - from Rachel (",)

And we had a wintery world full of snowmen…

Winter small world play - from Rachel (",)

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Snowmen Transient Art

They continued to delight me with these for a few extra days…

Transient art snowmen- from Rachel (",)

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Polar Bear Stories

We had the polar bears on the Discovery Table for a while too. Lovely story telling!

Storytelling with Polar Bears - from Rachel (",)

A very icy polar bear! - from Rachel (",)

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Overhead Projector 

Snowmen

A little bit of counting, but mostly pictures and talk…

Snowmen on the Overhead Projector - from Rachel (",)

Snowflakes

Snowflakes on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Exploring Reflections 

… in the homemade mirror box…

Exploring reflections on the mirror box - from Rachel (",)

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Winter-Inspired Sensory Basket

Winter-inspired sensory basket - from Rachel (",)

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Hole Punching Snowflakes

Hole punching snowflakes - from Rachel (",)

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Retelling The Mitten

They love this book!

Retelling the story of The Mitten - from Rachel (",)

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Snow Dough

Snow dough - from Rachel (",)

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Threading Frozen Characters

… first shared in this post

Threading characters from Frozen ... from Rachel (",)

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Winter Tree

I relocated our winter tree for a while, as they were still so engaged with it. More physical stretching was needed as it was on a cable reel, which is higher than the Finger Gym table…

Winter tree relocated - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

Creating transient art snowflakes on the light panel - from Rachel

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– Rachel (“,)

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12 Comments

  1. It’s all so beautiful and exciting! Thank you

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    • Ah, thank you, Sharon! 🙂

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  2. I love the idea of using an overhead projector. I worry, are they safe? Does it get hot? What do you feel are the pros and cons of using it?

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    • It gets warm if it’s left on for a long time, but the children are trained to turn it off when they’re not using it, so it hasn’t been a problem for us.
      I love the fascination that comes from it, and there’s often fabulous collaboration as they create pictures with each other.

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  3. Absolutely lovely!! Thank you for sharing all your ideas.

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    • You’re welcome, Rosa! Thank you!

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  4. Love your learning. Where do you get some of your things?

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    • I’m in the UK, in case that makes a difference!
      Places like Home Bargains, B&M, pound shops, pet shops, eBay, charity shops, supermarkets, educational places like TTS and YPO…

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  5. Does this all take place over one or two weeks? You have so many areas set up in your room. Do you have help to set up the areas? I would think that takes a very long time to set up and take down. I know just my few areas seem to take much longer than I anticipate. I can’t imagine with this many centers. I love looking at all of your creative ideas and have tried to build up my own supplies. I just used your snowflake table as the inspiration for my glittery snowflakes center for exploration. Thank you for continuing to share!

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    • I’ve shared a mixture of things here from over a two week period (not all out at the same time). The small world ‘base’ has actually been out for three weeks; I jut swapped it about a bit.
      Some of the activities are out for next week too. Some areas take longer to set up than others, some I set up with the children. They often help me clear things away too – they love sorting the different loose parts into bags for me.
      So pleased to hear that I may be of some inspiration to you 🙂

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  6. It may seem a silly question but how do you make white playdough?

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    • The dough we’ve used this time has just been plain dough. In the past we’ve added white powder paint to make it white though.

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