Winter doesn't have to side rail fun in the classroom. When students (and teachers) begin exhibiting cabin fever behavior, it's important to have as many tools on hand as possible. Here are a few winter activities for students that will knock everyone's socks off!
Glyphs: Glyphs are a teacher's best friend. It allows students to use their hands, and critical thinking skills. This gingerbread man glyph game is a great way to keep your students extremely busy. Have the students draw gingerbread men on a piece of brown paper, then have them cut them out. The students generate data that represent who they are. For example, do they have any brother's or sister's, what is their favorite food, etc. Any details that allow you and the other students to get to know each other.
Place the data on the chart. Each glyph connects to a piece of data on the chart. Finally, display the gingerbread men on the walls of the classroom with the chart nearby for reference. Students can use the chart to guess what each part of the gingerbread man represents. This game is creative, provides independent play, and it's fun!
Make fake snow: This activity is sure to have you labeled as the best teacher ever! Students will simply enjoy making fake snow. This sensory activity will peak their curiosity. Student's will ask tons of questions about the texture, and it doesn't involve too many ingredients, many of which you can get from your own kitchen.
- 1 lb baking soda
- Shaving cream (unscented and organic if possible)
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
Homemade snow globes: This is a great activity that the students can bring home to share with their families. The homemade snow globes are super easy and visually appealing. Teachers can ask the students to bring objects from home but teachers can also provide some objects for use. Choose anything that floats, such as figurines, legos, etc. Once you add all of the materials inside of the jar, you shake it and voila! You're all done.
- Small glass jar
- A plastic figurine
- Glycerin (makes the glitter float better)
- Glue (hot glue gun or super glue)
Dress like a snowman relay: Winter can limit physical activities. This is why dress like a snowman relay is a great physical activity that will have your classroom moving. Teachers prepare two boxes filled with winter clothing that includes scarves, hats, gloves, etc. When making the nose for the snowman use felt and an elastic that easily allows the children to wrap it around their heads.
Then, divide the class into two equal groups (if possible). Have one person from each group run to the box (simultaneously), dress up; while holding a broom. Once the students are fully dressed, have them do a quick snowman shuffle dance before running and tagging the next teammate. The team that finishes getting dressed first wins.
Don't let winter create boredom in your classroom! These activities are great opportunities to remember how much fun winter really is. What other ways can you create a buzz in your classroom during the winter?