The colder weather tends to keep us indoors a bit more so I've put together a big bundle of 9 fun winter activities that you can do inside. More outdoor activities to come... when the snow arrives :)
There's a mix of fun work, designed to develop language, fine motor, and gross motor skills.
Just note, I'm not encouraging you to do every single activity. In fact, it wouldn't even be possible since there's activities for a range of ages.
Hopefully you can find just 1-2 that your child enjoys!
1. Learn About Canada's Winter Animals
Recommended for ages 1-6 years
Children, especially young children, tend to enjoy real photos over cartoons. Real photos reflect what they see in the world and help them make sense of it. A talking dog or squirrel wearing a scarf can be confusing.
These language cards display 8 Canadian animals that don't hibernate throughout the winter. This is a great chance to talk about hibernation and expand your child's vocabulary on this topic.
For older children, you can cut the word off of the picture and have them read it to make a match.
This is a popular Montessori activity designed to strengthen the hand and improve fine motor skills. For a winter shelf activity, you can use white pom poms, felt balls, or cotton balls as your "snowballs".
Between Ages ~6 months - 2 years old: Transfer can be done with large felt balls and a matching number of small bowls or a muffin tin. Balls are transferred using the palm grasp.
Between Ages 1-2: Learn the parts of the body and where they go
Between Ages 2-3: Gluing activity, colour your own snowman
Between Ages 3-6: Scissor skills, letter recognition and phonics.
To practice letters and phonics, write the names of each of the snowman parts on seperate pieces of paper and match them to the parts. If your child is not yet reading, they can practice letter recognition of the first letter in the word and the sound it makes.