15 + Winter Early Learning Activities
Preschool Hands On Play & Learning
Activities for Math, Science, Literacy, Sensory and Fine Motor Skills
This has been such a fun Winter over here at Little Bins for Little Hands and we have enjoyed many Winter early learning activities! The older Liam gets, the more we can do and play together. We spent a good deal of this winter exploring snow and ice for science experiments. We also found fun ways to count, paint, enjoy books, recognize letters and sounds, make sensory bins, and practice fine motor skills! There are lots of fun hands on play activities to keep preschoolers busy during the winter. Early learning can be very exciting!
Some of the early learning activities have links to a whole post and will be underlined. The others will have a short description to go along with the picture but no link!
Science Early Learning Activities
We love science and had a lot of fun with these easy science experiments, learning and play!
Snow Melting Experiment
Freezing Liquids Outdoors Science Experiment
Winter Snowflake Search Baking Soda Science Experiment
Penguin Early Learning Science Activity
Ice Melt & Icy Heart Races Science Experiment
Math Early Learning Activities
We did lots of Valentines themed Math, but we did have a fun math sensory bin to explore!
Winter Math Sensory Bin
Fine Motor Early Learning Activities
Many of our activities incorporate some sort of fine motor skills! We did many more for Valentines Day Early Learning as well!
Marshmallow & Toothpick Snowflake Fine Motor Play
Snowflake Sorting Activity Tray
We also worked our fine motor skills with a fun and simple snowflake tweezing and scooping activity. I used three different kinds of snowflakes. I put them all in one bowl and placed three bowls out was well. I gave him tweezers and a small spoon to practice sorting the snowflakes.
Winter Early Learning Literacy Activities
Diamond In The Snow Book & Exploration Activity
This is such a sweet little winter book, Diamond in the Snow by Jonathon Emmett. I noticed icicles on our bush outside and thought it would be fun to examine and study icicles, talk about how they are made and then well, play with them. A cow joined the fun!
The Mitten Book & Sensory Play
Snowball Letter Recognition & Play
Have a snowball fight with paper snow balls and work on letters and sounds too! I wrote simple words for each letter of the alphabet on a piece of paper and crumpled them into snowballs. I put them all in the bowl and added tongs for extra practice! Great easy fun and we will shred the paper for a sensory bin later!
Letter Ice Melt & Match Early Learning Activity
I froze plastic letters in a deviled egg tray from the dollar store! I chose to do both upper and lower case letters since we need to work on lower case letters more now! It took a couple rounds in the freezer. He has really enjoyed melting ice this winter! I have a plastic placemat with letter sounds on it that I tucked under the clear bin. He melted everything and then we worked on sounds and matching letters.
Salt Tray Letter Writing Sensory Tray
I filled a baking sheet with epsom salts and used our laminated letter cards to practice writing letter and also just work on pre-writing skills with all sorts of lines!
Simple Alphabet Winter Sensory Bin
I used a dollar store lowercase foam letter puzzle and some fake snow to create a fun sensory bin with a blizzard theme!
Winter Themed Painting Activities
Snowflake Tape Resist Painting & Stencils
Snowflake Pompom Painting Book Activity
I set up a very simple invitation to paint snowballs and snowflakes with pompoms and clothespins. Sneaking in some fun fine motor skills too. Simple one color painting on a blue sky is quick and easy to do! The books are Let it Snow and Snow.
Winter Sensory Bins & Play
Snowflake Sensory Bin & Sensory Jar
Winter Trucks Epsom Salt Sensory Play Tray
Later, we turned our letter writing epsom salt tray into a fun sensory play tray with trucks! We even did this on a snow day for extra inspiration!
There you have it! Winter early learning activities for preschoolers. Together you can make learning fun!