Winter Theme Printables and Ideas

We have lots of printables to help little ones enjoy winter!  Snow, snowmen, penguins, arctic animals, snowballs, winter clothing, igloos, and even Frozen!  Tons of printable fun and other ideas to help you have some educational fun this winter with your kids.

Winter Theme Printables and Ideas



Do you have kids who like to color?  We have two sets of Winter Coloring Printables free to download and print!

Just Color Winter  Winter Coloring Printables

Want to do a bit of learning each day during one of the winter months?  Maybe try our Arctic and Antarctica Calendar Connections {free}.  If you like the version that prints front to back and has the eBook to go along, you could purchase Let’s Explore The Arctic and Antarctica Premium Bundle.

Arctic and Antarctica Calendar Connections  Arctic Bundle

We love our Winter Fun Sensory Bin each year and making Indoor Snow is easy and super fun!

Winter Fun Sensory Bin  Homemade Snow

 

Have some Q-tip painting fans?  We have a few sets to choose from: Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting, The Mitten Q-Tip Painting, and Frozen Q-Tip Painting.

Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting Printables  The Mitten Q-Tip Painting Printables  Frozen Printables Q-Tip Painting

If The Mitten is a favorite book of yours, be sure to check out our free The Mitten Printables and The Mitten Letter Mazes.

The Mitten Printables  The Mitten Letter Mazes

 

Want to have some bath time fun with your little one?  Try Snowballs in the Bath, and read all about how this is not something I normally do.

Snowballs in the bath

Snow Painted Snowmen are a super fun winter craft.

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Looking to create a winter theme for your tot or preschooler?  See what we did when my daughter was younger: I is for Igloo Winter Tot School Theme, and Winter Theme Preschool Fun.

Tot School Printables I is for Igloo  Home-Preschool-Winter-Theme

 

Looking for even more ideas?  Be sure to visit our Winter Printerest board!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Winter Theme on Pinterest.

Winter Theme Preschool Fun

Winter Theme Preschool



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Winter Theme Preschool Printables & Activities We Used ~

The winter sensory bin is a yearly favorite, mostly because of the silver tinsel!  They all love this stuff!

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She immediately recognized the book, The Mitten, and asked to read it!  Using the story props is a favorite activity with this book!

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We worked on beginning sounds using the labels and matching them to the animals.

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We used pieces from The Mitten Printable Pack, here she was putting the 1-10 puzzle together.

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Working on positional words with the story…

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Each day I let her choose several of our winter books and we snuggled up in our bean bag to read!

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She loved the snowman pattern block puzzles!

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Coloring penguins from my winter coloring pack!

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We used many of these printables last year, see our winter preschool post below!Preschool Work Trays 2


See more theme based printable packs here!Printable-Theme-Packs4

See more home preschool fun over at Preschool Corner!

The Mitten Q-Tip Printables

The Mitten Q-Tip Painting Printables

We love the book, The Mitten, by Jan Brett!  For the past couple of years I have created printables to go along with this awesome book, and this year I already added Letter Mazes. Don’t have the book?  You can read it online for free {currently} over at We Give Books! I have a new set of Q-Tip Painting Printables for you today!

You can see all printables I have created based around this book below…

The Mitten Letter Mazes

The Mitten Clip & Learn {beginning sounds}

The Mitten Read & Write the Room Cards

The Mitten Story Props

The Mitten Roll & Graph and Dot Fun

My friend Jolanthe also has a The Mitten Printable Pack,  and new Sudoku puzzles which we love too!

~>~>~> Download The Mitten Q-Tip Fun Here <~<~<~


More Winter Fun…

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The Mitten ~ Letter Mazes

The Mitten Letter Mazes

We love the book, The Mitten, by Jan Brett!  For the past couple of years I have created printables to go along with this awesome book. Don’t have the book?  You can read it online for free {currently} over at We Give Books!

You can see all printablesI have created based around this book below…

The Mitten Clip & Learn {beginning sounds}

The Mitten Read & Write the Room Cards

The Mitten Story Props

The Mitten Roll & Graph and Dot Fun

My friend Jolanthe also has a The Mitten Printable Pack, which we love too!

This year I decided to add a few letter mazes featuring the animals from the book.  You can download them for free below!

~>~>~> Download The Mitten Letter Mazes Here <~<~<~


More Winter Fun…

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Preschool Work Trays

Warning~ this is a VERY long post intended to give massive details to the few of you who like it this way!  For those of you who are skimmers, I have tried to bold main points so you can scroll through and see the basics.

Preschool Work Trays

I used a version of Workboxes with Krash when he began preschool and they worked well for him then. I also wrote a post about transitioning from Tot School {child-led} to PreK {more teacher/parent led}.  I am on this journey again and thought I would share how it is working for Ladybug!  Ladybug is currently 3, she will turn 4 in April. She is a bit more academically advanced than Krash was, but mostly it is that her interest in school-type activities is WAY more intense!  I am following the lead of the child and starting her with home preschool now!

The main differences in my mind between Tot School and Preschool are outlined in this post, having to do with student led free choice and parent directed learning.  Both are mostly hands on, led by the child’s interests, fun, playful, and have a focus on exposure vs. mastery.  I absolutely do not believe in pushing kids at this age academically, there is much time for that later in life!

One way I transition from student led free choice {Tot Tray style} into our home preschool format is through the use of Preschool Workboxes, or in our casecurrently Preschool Work Trays.  I meant to get to Ikea to grab Ladybug a set of drawers but never found time, so I set hers up with trays and so far it is working. We may switch to drawers, so the name is not the focus; drawers, trays, boxes…all the same to me.

For our first week with this system, I chose a fun winter theme, focused around the book, The Mitten.  I set up her work shelves for the very first day like this:

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I took MANY photos this week so I could show you in detail what and how I switched things out for her week. I DO change out her trays every day now, which is different from Tot School.  I am doing things a bit different with her than I did with Krash, mostly because each child is different and I am basing my decisions around her.

Instead of Ladybug choosing which activities she wants to do, I have her go in order, which she thrived on!  Krash was a bit more of a fight when we made this transition, so it is different for each child. 

Here is a detailed outline of our 4 days of planned home preschool using work trays. 

For those of you wondering, this first preschool week occurred the week before we began Raising Rock Stars Preschool.  I chose a theme to ease her into the concept of working in order before bringing in the new RRSP work!  We are using work trays with RRSP now and I will be blogging her home preschool adventure also!

 

~ DAY ONE ~

Tray #1 ~ Read the book to her, using a cookie sheet and Story Props {she LOVED this}

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Tray # 2 ~ Clothespin Clip Number Cards from The Mitten  Pack

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Tray # 3 ~ The Mitten Color mini book {the blog I got this from has been removed so the printable is no longer available}

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Tray #4 ~ The Mitten Dot Fun

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Tray # 5 ~ Winter Stickers and colored paper {no photo, sorry}

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Tray # 7 ~ Color to Match Snowman {we did this coloring together so no photo}

Tray # 8 ~ Winter book, read aloud  {Amy Loves the Snow}Amy loves the snow

Tray # 9 ~ Sound Blocks {something fun from our homeschool storage room that she hasn’t played with in awhile.  These are SUPER hard but we still had fun matching them together!Home Preschool Winter Theme -7016

~ Day TWO ~

Tray # 1 ~ read the book, use printables from Jan Brett’s site to follow along with the story. I used these images.Home Preschool Winter Theme -7101

Tray # 2 ~ The Mitten Roll and GraphHome Preschool Winter Theme -7103

Tray # 3 ~ 3 Part Cards from The Mitten  Pack, in mini pocket chartHome Preschool Winter Theme -7107

Tray # 4 ~ Snowman counting {cards from S is for Snowman}Home Preschool Winter Theme -7111

Tray # 5 ~ Where is the Mitten? book from The Mitten PackHome Preschool Winter Theme -7110

Tray # 6 ~ snowman and magnetic pattern blocksHome Preschool Winter Theme -7114

Tray # 7 ~ color the letters on the snowman Home Preschool Winter Theme -7117

Tray # 8 ~ Winter book  {Puppies in the Snow}Puppies in the snow

Tray # 9 ~ match the cookie shapes gameHome Preschool Winter Theme -7122

 

~ DAY THREE ~

 

Tray # 1 ~ Read book, use story props again, this time add in words.Home Preschool Winter Theme -7124

Tray # 2 ~ The Mitten 1-10 PuzzleHome Preschool Winter Theme -7128

Tray # 3 ~ The Mitten Dot Fun with magnetic letters.Home Preschool Winter Theme -7130

Tray # 4 ~ Syllable countingHome Preschool Winter Theme -7134

Tray # 5 ~ ABC The Mitten MazeHome Preschool Winter Theme -7135

Tray # 6 ~ Snowflake Pattern blocksHome Preschool Winter Theme -7140

Tray # 7 ~ Listen and color from Winter Just Color.Home Preschool Winter Theme -7141

Tray # 8 ~ read aloud book {Oh!}Oh

Tray # 9 ~ Measuring Motors, we sorted them all by size togetherHome Preschool Winter Theme -7147

 

~ Day FOUR ~

Tray # 1 ~ read the book, put the animals in order using ordinal number cardsHome Preschool Winter Theme-7466

Tray # 2 ~ Snowflake in Shapes mini bookHome Preschool Winter Theme-7467

Tray # 3 ~ read aloud {The Snowman}The Snowman

Tray # 4 ~ snowman color by shapeHome Preschool Winter Theme-7470

Tray # 6 ~ 3 part word puzzles Home Preschool Winter Theme-7472

Tray # 7 ~ ABC and 123 Jingo {Krash LOVED this game, she didn’t care for it so much}Home Preschool Winter Theme-7477

A few summarizing notes:

  • I change out trays every day, 4 days per week.
  • Work trays last about an hour or less for us.
  • I have 9 spots, but won’t always have 9 activities per day.  Usually 6 is average, unless we have a heavy theme going on and I have prepped lots of fun stuff for her!
  • I do “require” her to do the work, but it is carefully chosen by what I know her interests are, I purposely do not choose things she won’t enjoy. I WILL help her complete an activity {such as coloring} if she just isn’t in the mood to do it.  At this point I do not let her skip a tray, this is to enforce the new concept of following mommy’s lead with school and transitioning into our future with homeschooling.
  • The trays are from Oriental Trading, they aren’t always in stock, search for “plastic trays”
  • The shelf is Trofast from Ikea
  • Her work trays will consist of her RRSP work and any special theme we have going on.  I don’t mind mixing stuff up, neither does she!
  • I prepare the week’s work prior to the week {printing, cutting, etc} and have a loose plan in mind, but nothing too specific. I keep the week’s worth in a big bin and each night I load up her trays with activities!

On top of her shelves I put her winter sensory bin

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She is free to play with this any time and played with it a LOT!  So did her brothers!Home Preschool Winter Theme -7023


Another key aspect to our home preschool is books!  I build in read alouds on her work trays, but far more of our reading is done during free time, as she selects books from our theme shelves quite often!

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Crayons are in these from Ikea, the white ledge is this from Ikea.


That’s home preschool for us!  It looks like we do a lot from the photos, but her school time only takes an hour or less per day! I am now working with her very first thing in the morning, which she enjoys. The rest of her day is spent learning through free play, and just being with us!