As a continuation of Part 1 of this series, here are a few more winter-themed activities for the Montessori preschool classroom to make that last couple of weeks before holidays extra special. Here are a few more activities that I hope will be as much fun for you as they are here in my Montessori classroom!
Magnetic Chips and Snowman Picture
I have this work available throughout the year but simply change the picture. To create this activity, I printed off a picture of a snowman and used a bingo card dabber to create dots along the outline of the picture. Then I inserted the picture into a plastic sleeve and placed it on a tray with the "magic magnetic wand" and the magnetic chips. First, the student places one chip on each dot and once the entire snowman has been outlined, they use their "magic wand" to pick up the chips and tidy their work. The children love this one!!!
Christmas Flower Arranging
This has been another very popular work. I found some festive flowers at the dollar store and a red vase and instantly I had a Christmas flower arranging activity. It is so adorable to watch the children carefully insert each flower and admire their completed masterpiece with such pride!
Tongs and Snowballs
For this activity, I placed some sparkly styrofoam balls into a little snowman tin, along with tongs and tray for transferring. The children have really enjoyed transferring the "snowballs" from the tin to the tray and back again.
Making a Snowman Picture
This activity has been set up on the art shelf all week and the completed snowmen have been so cute! I simply cut circles out of white paper and placed an assortment of decorations in a collage tray. The older students enjoyed cutting their own circles and even cut out clothes for their snowmen. The cotton balls were also a big hit as it provided a texture to their artwork which especially appealed to the younger children. Jordan's snowman was very unique........he used 5 snowballs because he wanted an extra tall snowman. He then gave it six eyes and he made it juggling snowballs (cotton balls)......what an imagination!
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, December 13, 2010.