Tot School: Winter

I love the holidays, but I am EXHAUSTED! I'm so over traveling, partying and never ending holiday to do lists and ready to get back into a bit of a routine around here. We had lots of snowy fun this week that I can't wait to share with you!

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Here were our plans for Winter/Snow Week:
And here is what we actually did:

Our favorite winter books for the week were:
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Nietzel
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Snowmen at Night by Carayn Buehner
Build a Snowman:
We used this little snowman last year as one of our very first tot school fine motor activities and it was a big hit so I pulled it back out this year.  The goal is to fill the water bottle with mini marshmallows. Last year we just used fingers, but now that Madelynn is a whole year older I added the tongs for her to grab marshmallows. She used them for a while and then started using her hands. Either way great fine motor practice!
 Snowball Counting Tray:
Since mini marshmallows make the perfect little "snowballs" we used them for our counting tray as well. We used a mini ice cube tray and tongs then practiced counting and placing marshmallows in each hole.
 Snowball Name:
This was such an easy low prep activity.  I taped 2 sheets of paper together since Madelynn's name is nice and long. Then I wrote her name with large letters and gave her some white circle labels and hole reinforcements.  She then used the stickers to trace the shape of each letter.
 Puffy Paint Snowman:
In order to paint these snowmen, I used a simple DIY recipe to mix up a batch of puffy paint.

Puffy Paint Recipe:
Equal parts shaving cream and white glue
Pinch of glitter
A few drops of vanilla for scent

After painting, I gave Madelynn small paper cutouts to use to decorate her snowman.
 Marshmallow Paint Snowman:
I like to switch up our painting tools from time to time, and since we had all kinds of marshmallows laying around from our other activities, I thought it would be fun to use them to stamp a snowman.  Madelynn started out stamping, then used them more as a paintbrush to create her snowman. After painting we added a few felt snowflake stickers to finish our artwork.
Snow Theme Snacks:
I went a little snowman crazy this week with our snacks.  First I made a snowman quesadilla using circle cookie cutters to create the 3 parts of the snowman body, and peppers, black olives, and pretzels for the decorations.  Next the delicious donut snack was my favorite with chocolate chips, licorice, Oreo, and a Reese's cup for the decorations. After the sweetness overload, I needed to balance it out with a healthy snowman.  Not quite as cute but our veggie snowman was made with cucumber, carrot, peppers, and black olives. Finally we made the same marshmallow snowflakes that we did last year by pushing pretzel rods/sticks into big and small marshmallows.
 Winter Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Cotton Balls, Bells, Foam Snowflakes, Star Lights, Bowls, Scoops and Tongs
 Pretend Snow Play:
In this bin: Instant Fake Snow, clear snowman cup, scoops, and snowman cookie cutters
 Build a Snow Globe:
In this bin: Artificial Snow, plastic tubes, small trees, penguin and snowmen mini erasers, and scoops
Snow Shape Pasta Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Snow Shape Pasta, sorting tray, tongs, measuring cups and spoons

That's it for this week! Here are the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Plans, you can find them all here:








  1. I just found your blog and I absolutely love love love it!! I am a first grade teacher and my husband got a job in Florida so we are relocating the end of this month and I will be a stay at home mom. I was looking for ideas to do with my 19 month old son and your blog is amazing!! For this former teacher who needs organization and themes you rock it! I can't wait to get started with him! Thanks so much for sharing all of your amazing ideas :)

    1. Awesome! I'm so glad you are loving my ideas. Good luck teaching your little one, its a fun and crazy adventure but so worth it :)


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