I adore winter and everything that comes with it. Especially snow, snuggly sweaters, comfy blankets, snowmen, hot cocoa, football playoffs, and SNOW DAYS!!! Incorporating winter activities in the kindergarten and first grade classroom is “snow” much fun! (See what I did there haha.) These activities help to keep students engaged, learning, and having fun. Make sure to grab the free football measuring resource for your classroom!
Create a Winter Wonderland
A great way to get started with a winter theme is to have the students help decorate the classroom. Students love to create snowflakes for the windows. And if you’re allowed to, they look beautiful hanging from the ceiling. What a great way to teach symmetry! We also enjoy these fun and festive winter crafts. They look amazing on bulletin boards and classroom walls.
These sight word wreaths are a great way for students to practice creating and reading words. For more math and literacy fun, check out these rhyming and addition activities. They are great for practicing academic concepts and also working on their fine motor skills.
Winter Reading and Writing Activities
Sprinkling some winter magic into your reading and writing activities can be a breeze. There are tons of great winter read aloud books. My favorite is Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. Before reading, I like to have students write or draw what they think snowmen do at night.
Color by sight word activities are always a hit in the classroom. These winter-themed practice pages are no exception. They are great for morning work and early finishers.
This winter sentence writing practice activity is a fun way for students to learn about sentence structure. Students unscramble the sentence, read it, then write it three times while concentrating on handwriting, punctuation, spaces, and capitals.
For a quick and easy way to add some winter fun into your literacy and math blocks, check out this set of winter activities for kindergarten. There are tons of fun practice pages for beginning and ending letter sounds, word families, numbers, counting, addition, the winter season, writing, main idea, and more.
Winter Math Activities
Teaching math is so fun with little learners. With the winter theme, you can quickly add in some fun hands-on elements. For instance, winter-themed erasers make great counters and white pom poms can be used as snowballs to help with addition and subtraction practice. I grabbed these cute little snowflakes at my local craft store and they have lasted years!
This winter math resource has tons of number practice to 20. Students practice counting sets, drawing quantities, creating sets of more and less, and working with tens frames. There are also multiple ways for students to practice their addition and subtraction skills.
Free Measurement Math Activity
I love football! Winter brings tons of football fun, no matter which team you root for. Students love using the football measuring sticks in the nonstandard measurement center. They practice measuring the football themed objects and record their answers. I also have them measure items around the room with their football rulers. They can then flip their paper over and draw what they measured and write their measurements.
I hope you have a wonderful winter filled with tons of fun teaching adventures with your students.