There’s something about those cold winter days that make us want to slow down, snuggle in bed with books, drink hot cocoa, wear warm pajamas, and stay inside for snow day activities. We love being out in nature — but sometimes cold, wet winter days don’t allow it.
Indoor snow day activities can still make winter feel magical — and Learning Unbound’s Winter Woodland kit is full of ideas! Read on to learn about a few things our family enjoyed this winter.
Snuggling with a Good Book
Winter is the time of the year that my kids get the most enjoyment from reading books in the comfort of a bed. There is something about the cold winter days that bring us closer together through books, hot cocoa, warm pajamas, arts/crafts, snack crafts, and lots of sensory play!
The Winter Woodland kit includes a beautifully illustrated book that you’ll reach for over and over. Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner introduces a world that is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom where squirrels, snow hares, bears, bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter. I think I learned just as much as my kids as we read this engaging non-fiction book!
Warm, Cozy Pajamas
In exploring the Winter Woodland kit, we learned that woodland animals stay warm by growing extra fat or thick layers of fur coats, which acts as an insulator to keep them warm. Cozy jammies are a wintertime must for us, and my kids decided THEY should wear their warm, insulated pajamas while playing with their woodland animal figurines. The Winter Woodland kit includes a full TOOB of Safari Ltd.’s hand-painted animals. The best!
Snow Day Activities and Snacks
In winter, you can often find us baking or making some sort of snack. The Winter Woodland kit includes instructions for some fun snack crafts such as constructing tasty marshmallow and pretzel snowflakes, mixing up chocolatey “Beaver Dam” Mounds, and baking Footprints-the-Snow Sugar Cookies! These snack ideas are so fun to make and eat on cozy day spent inside while fostering friendships and sipping on a mug of hot cocoa.
Learning through unit studies has been working well for my kiddos’ learning styles. They get to engage in all the core subjects — Language Arts, Reading, Math, Art/Crafts, Science, History, Life Skills (and more!) all while diving into a theme.
If I were to ask my kids about their favorite part about the Winter Woodland learning kit — they would tell me all of it! But I do see the excitement in their eyes when it comes to our craft days! They enjoyed making bear, wolf, fox, and groundhog crafts while learning about the different animals and how they adapt to survive the winter.
The S’s of Sensory Play
This winter you’ll find us playing with the S’s in Sensory play: Snow, Shaving cream, and Slime. Bringing sensory play into our day is a sure way to keep my kids busy for hours — rain, snow or shine!
One of the kids’ favorite parts of sensory play is digging their hands into the different mixtures and textures. “It’s cold! It’s sticky! It’s so fluffy.” As they play, I often hear describing words echo throughout our home — a win in my book as learning how to using these descriptive words is a prerequisite for early writing skills.
The excitement and learning that has happened through all of our sensory adventures makes this mama’s heart melt (which will definitely NOT happen to the instant snow included in the Winter Woodland kit!).
Winter Woodland Unit Study
My kids love being out in nature, but when the weather doesn’t allow it, we bring nature inside with us — or as close as we can. And that’s one reason we loved studying winter in the woodland. As the seasons change, we learn to adapt our preferences and environment at the same time we learn how animals adapt so they can survive. We get creative, and learn to love things about season we’re in — knowing no winter lasts forever and the promise of spring will soon come.
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