10 EASY (no setup) Winter Montessori Activities - The Montessori Room
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by Laura Berthiaume January 22, 2022 4 min read

Some weekends you just need an organized activity or two to burn off some energy and prevent the house from getting turned upside down. 

Below are 10 of our favourite winter Montessori activities with very little to no prep work required.

I hope this provides some inspiration for your weekend! 

Shovelling snow

Benefits: Teaches care of the outdoor environment, develops gross motor skills, uses “maximum effort”, and it's a great activity for burning excess energy.

Instructions:

  1. Buy a child-sized shovel.
  2. Choose a spot where the snow can be shovelled.
  3. Demonstrate how to shovel and carry the snow to the selected spot.
  4. Once you make a pile of snow, have fun with it! 

Winter Montessori Activities

Painting snow with spray bottles or squirt bottle

Benefits: Spray bottles or squirt bottles strengthen fine motor skills. If you decide to use multiple colours, the child will have an opportunity to explore colour mixing, develop creative expression, and it’s just a lot of fun.

Instructions:

  1. Fill a child-sized spray bottle or squirt bottle with water and add a few drops of food colouring.
  2. Demonstrate how to spray the snow.
  3. Sit back and observe.
  4. If your child is really interested in this activity, you may want to bring some extra coloured water outside (in a water bottle?) to fill up the spray bottle once it’s empty. This will avoid the need to go inside a million times to fill it up.  

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Indoor Snow Sensory Bin

Benefits: Sensory bins provide a great opportunity for sensorial exploration. A snow sensory bin encourages scientific exploration - talk about what happens when the snow begins to melt indoors. 

This is also a great activity for children who are reluctant to play outside in the snow (introducing it inside first, where it’s warm and comfortable, may entice them to want to play outside). This is also a great activity for getting children to come inside (when you want to go inside but they don’t). If they don’t want to come inside, tell them they can bring the snow inside, give them a small shovel and they can scoop up the snow into the bin themselves.  

Instructions

  1. Scoop up some clean snow from outside and put in a sensory bin, large Tupperware container, baking tray, or baking sheet. 
  2. Add small tools, containers, objects (the Arctic Toob would be great for this) to enrich child’s exploration.

Exploration Basket: Winter gear

Benefits: Independence. It also gives the child some extra practice (getting out the door can often be hectic, this activity allows child to go at their own pace while they figure out how to put the winter items on). 

  1. Place winter gear in a basket. You can include a hat, pair of mittens, neck warmer (not a scarf, can get caught on things and pose a strangulation hazard), socks.
  2. Demonstrate how to put on the various articles (one at a time, move slowly, follow child’s lead).
  3. Observe. If child is exploring independently, sit back and follow their lead. If you observe signs of frustration, count to 10 and see if child can figure it out on their own, if frustration persists, “Can I help you with that?” 
  4. Infant: You can allow an infant to explore the various items without encouraging them to put on. The parent can put them on the child and infant may show interest in pulling them off (taking things off is easier than putting things on). 

Spooning or Tonging Cotton Balls (pretend snowballs)

Benefits: Develops focus and hand eye coordination. 

Instructions:

  1. Place the cotton balls into a bowl
  2. Place a second bowl, ice cube tray, or muffin pan next to the bowl.
  3. Pick up the spoon or tongs demonstrate how to transfer one cotton bal into the tray/pan.
  4. Encourage your child to repeat.
  5. Once all pom poms have been transferred, demonstrate how to return them to the bowl. Repeat.

Winter Montessori Activities

Draw a Snowflake or Snowman on Construction Paper and Use Cotton Balls To Fill It In

Benefits: Develop creativity, develop precise hand movements while using glue. 

Instructions:

  1. Draw a snowman on a piece of construction paper. 
  2. Show your child how add a dab of glue to the cotton ball and apply it to the paper, placing it within the lines of your outline. 
  3. For older children, you can encourage them to decorate their snowman and the rest of the paper after. 

Winter Montessori Activities

Make Snowflakes Out Of Coffee Filters

*For children comfortable using scissors.

Benefits:
Develop creativity, as well as fine motor and scissor skills. 

Instructions:

  1. Fold the coffee filter in half (or more). 
  2. Show the child how to cut out little bits from the edge of the filter.
  3. Open up your snowflakes.
  4. Tape them to the window or in their play area for decoration.

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Build a Snowman/Snowperson (and decorate with snow paint)

Benefits: Building the snowman develops gross motor skills, teaches cooperation (parent and child working together), and teaches different parts of the body.

Instructions:

  1. Work with your child to roll the snow into balls (big or small, follow their lead, no need to make a huge one).
  2. Look for items in nature you can use for the eyes, nose, mouth and arms (could do this on a walk) or use items from inside the home.
  3. You can also use the snow paint (water + food colouring in a spray/squirt bottle) from the activity above to colour your snow man. 
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Throwing Snowballs Into A Bucket

Benefits:  Develops gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

  1. Demonstrate how to make snowballs (older child) or make them for the child and put them in pile.

  2. Create a designated area to throw the snowballs and explain that they're not thrown at people. 

    Suggestions: Put a bucket or large bowl outside to throw the snowballs into (younger) or draw a target on an outside wall with chalk for child to throw at (older).

  3. Demonstrate how to throw the snowball.

 Winter Montessori Activities

Bury Items in the Snow and Find Them 

Benefits: Develops gross motor and problem solving skills.

Instructions:

  1. Find a few items that can get wet, like sand or bath toys. 
  2. Bring them outside and take turns burying them for each other to find. 
  3. If you have a small trowel or sand shovel, you can use that to dig through the sand. 
  4. You can also pay "Hot and Cold", giving each other hints as they move closer and farther to the items. This will develop the ability to listen and follow instructions. 

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