If you’re on the hunt for some exciting Winter activities for preschoolers, you’ve definitely come to the right place! We’ve rounded up the very best Winter activities for kids, and compiled them into a set of super fun printable cards.
These activity cards have ideas for both the indoors and the outdoors, so you’ll be able to choose the right winter activity for you and your family. We’ll even tell you how to make a fun Winter activity board to display in your home!
Make sure to check out my Winter Pre-Writing Worksheets + Mats for more learning fun!
Winter Activity Cards – Fun Winter Activities for Preschoolers
Once the holidays are over, it can be tricky keeping your kiddos entertained during the seemingly endless winter, right? Well not anymore! There are so many fun cold-weather ideas out there and they’re the perfect way to make some fun memories with your kiddos. These cards are geared towards young children, but we promise these winter activities are fun for any age.
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Whether you are doing these winter activities with toddlers or preschoolers, they will have so much fun and enjoy the moment. I try to teach children to enjoy the small things in life and understanding and truly experiencing the changing season is a great way to take notice of the world around you.
Printable Winter Activity Cards
Printing out your activity cards and making your Winter activity board is so easy! Find your printable at the end of this post and then print and cut out the cards. Trim around the edges and you’re ready to make your board! You could also choose to leave the cards loose, but we absolutely love creating the board for our little ones to see each day.
To make your board, grab a few push pins or some tape, and a poster board. Attach your cards to the board, or use pins to place them on a corkboard. We’ve even included a fun activity board title printable in your download!
Put your board in a place your kids can see it such as the kitchen or even their bedroom. They’ll have so much fun picking a new activity each day. Once they’ve completed that particular idea, have them remove the card from the board, or cover that card with a fun winter sticker! This is a great way for them to exercise their decision-making skills, while also learning how to follow up on a task.
In addition to the Winter activity board idea, you could give a set of cards to friends or family members! They’re sure to bring a little winter warmth and happiness. You could also treat the cards as an ongoing scavenger hunt. As soon as your kiddos complete every single card, present them with a reward!
If you’re wondering what types of fun Winter activities for preschoolers (and other ages!) are included in your cards, take a peek below!
- Go sledding
- Build a snowman
- Wear a pair of mittens
- Go ice skating
- Cut out paper snowflakes
- Have a snowball fight
- Drink hot chocolate (don’t forget to add whipped cream and marshmallows to your hot cocoa.)
- Build an igloo out of ice cubes
- Go skiing or snowboarding
- Put a puzzle together
- Make a snow angel
- Make snowcones
As you can see, we’ve made sure to include easy Winter activities that you can do outside, while also providing some warm, indoor ideas.
If you’d like to come up with some of your own ideas, or if you live in a place that doesn’t see much snow, we’ve included some blank cards for you to use.
Just print them out and get brainstorming with your little ones. This could be a great family activity to do together!
More winter theme activities to try
– Add foam uppercase and lowercase letters to shaving cream for some alphabet-themed sensory play.
– Sing winter songs
– Make snow ice cream using an ice cream in a bag recipe.
– Make a sensory bin using shaving cream. It looks like snow.
– Make snow and add arctic animals to a bin for some sensory fun. Talk to your child about the animal tracks the animals are leaving with their feet.
– Check out these fun Winter crafts.
– Do winter math activities with these snowman clip card fraction cards or for preschoolers try these snowman ten frames.
– Use free printables to explore more winter topics. This winter activities for toddlers activity pack is jam-packed with learning opportunities.
– Read through some winter emergent readers.
– Use cotton balls for activities and crafts. You can use cotton balls to make a snowman or add cotton balls into a sensory bin. You can also use cotton balls for counting.
– Do this watercolor salt painting activity. It looks like you are painting on ice and snow.
– Work on some winter literacy activities like these winter theme sight words and build words with lowercase letters. For younger children work on alphabet letter matching with this penguin alphabet letter matching activity.
– Do winter-themed art projects like this easy snowman art activity.
– Learn about the penguin life cycle.
– Read the book Froggy Gets Dressed and discuss winter clothing.
– Blow bubbles outside. If the weather is cold enough (below freezing) the bubbles will crystallize.
– Add small toy figurines into ice cube trays and then freeze them. Once they turn into ice cubes hand your child warm water and a tray. Let them use the warm water to melt the ice.
Concepts to talk to kids about in winter:
- Temperature – What is hot and what is cold? How does the cold weather affect plants and animals in this world? Talk about hibernation. Read books about Hibernation Books and work through some Hibernation Activities For Preschoolers.
- Vocabulary words – winter comes with its own set of vocabulary. Igloo’s, snowman, snowboarding and mittens are common words.
- How people used to prepare for the winter weather and how this affected the plants. You can talk to them about the canning process.
- Talk about clothing – what are some ways you can stay warm when it’s cold outside? Talk about other ways to get warm like how adults who go camping light a fire for warmth.