My youngest son is very much a kinesthetic learner. He loves touching, feeling and being able to manipulate objects. He can spend hours constructing and creating. So I knew I had to create winter activities that would interest him. So today I am sharing Montessori Inspired winter activities for kids.
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10 Montessori Inspired Winter Activities
1) Simple Subtraction
We’ve been working on addition skills for several weeks. So we are ready to start learning about simple subtraction. We’ll be focusing on keywords like subtrahend, minuend, difference, take away and how much is left.
- Subtraction reusable work mat
- mini Christmas erasers
2) Make Christmas patterns using pattern blocks
Pattern blocks are great for kids’ creativity. They can create myriads of patterns with the blocks. Pattern blocks are also great for identifying colors, and shapes, sizes. Students can also explore symmetry, patterns, and measurement with the blocks.
3) Tracing Shapes
A simple activity for motor skills and master the names of polygons.
- Tracing Shapes Work Mat
- Dry erase marker.
4) Decorate the tree or snowman
Review or master one to one correspondence with this fun activity. Children take 1 number card and place that many beads on the tree or snowman. You can also have the children use tweezers instead of their hand.
- Winter 1:1 Math Packet
- beads or bells or mini erasers
5) Write Sight Words in Snow
This is a fun way to practice writing and learn sight words. Activities with shaving Cream are always a hit with my boys. It makes it a perfect winter activity.
- Sight words
- Shaving cream
6) Christmas Beginning blends
With this Montessori inspired winter activity, children can learn Christmas vocabulary and work on beginning sounds. To make this a self-checking activity, you could put a little dot on the back of the correct letter.
- Christmas beginning sounds clip cards
7) Make a Christmas Ornament
I love homemade ornaments, especially if my boys make it. My boys have been completely immersed in making different objects with fuse beads. This is a great activity again for motor skills and creativity. It is also great for building patience and concentration. In order for the fuse beads to attach, a parent or adult must use the iron.
- Fuse Bead Set
- Iron (Parental supervision)
8) Christmas Scissor Skills
For my 4-year-old, I always try to include an activity that works on scissor skills. I find that he’s more motivated to cut properly when there are images or pictures.
- Christmas Images
9) Arctic Animals
Another Montessori inspired winter activity is to explore arctic animals with the Safari toob and 3 part cards. Safari toobs are great educational items and I love utilizing it in our homeschool. You can find the Safari Toobs at your local craft store.
Want to see how to use Safari Toobs to enhance learning? Read Montessori Geography Lesson on Land, Air and Water and Invitation To build A Frog Habitat
10) Winter sensory exploration basket
A basket filled with cinnamon, star anise, pinecones, pine tree leaves, and rosemary. My goal for this basket is to encourage AJ to use his senses to describe each item. We’ll be using the phrases; “it smells like___, it feels like____” Of course, we will be skipping the taste test 🙂