Winter can be long and cold in Wisconsin. One of the best ways to get through the winter months as a child care provider is to help the children get involved in some wintertime fun –inside and out. The following are activities to help you keep cabin fever away during the cold month of February.
Outdoor Activity Ideas
All outdoor activities can be found at: http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/snow-activities-kids/
Make Ice Art
Freeze water colored with food coloring into blocks and other shapes, using ice cube trays, muffin tins, Jell-O molds and old yogurt containers. (This step is more easily done in a freezer, but you can also try it outdoors.) Then bring your colorful ice blocks outside, along with any natural ice and snow you can collect, to create your own ice sculptures. In sub-freezing temperatures, you can stick the pieces together by dribbling water on them—it should quickly freeze them in place.
For the Birds
Hollow out an orange and fill with seeds to feed your feathered friends. Add sticks and string to hang it from a tree.
Bubble Ice Maker
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, blow bubbles and watch them freeze on the wand.
Ice and Easy
Freeze colored water into ice cubes, then hide them around the yard for a wintertime scavenger hunt.
Create a Maze
Put on your hiking boots and stamp out a path for the children to follow.
Use handfuls of packed snow to create funny characters on a tree trunk.
Indoor Activity Ideas
Make Snow Jars
- small glass jar
- a plastic figurine
- glycerin or baby oil
- glue (we used a hot glue gun, but superglue should work too) Instructions
- Decide what you would like to put in your snow globe.
- Glue, place and stick your plastic figurine/s to the inside of the jar lid.
- Fill your jar with water and glycerin or baby oil and add glitter—1-2 teaspoons
- Screw the lid on the jar and glue it shut for safety.
- Shake your jar or tip it upside down to make it snow!