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These winter playdough mats are a great way to entertain preschoolers while helping them build fine motor muscles in their hands.
I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love playdough. Moms and teachers, on the other hand, don’t love it as much as kids do. It can get messy.
When you know that play dough can be an educational tool, it makes it a little less stressful to pull it out of the closet.
These free preschool printables are the perfect addition to your winter preschool activities. Kids can build fine motor skills, letter recognition, and handwriting.
Winter Playdough Mats
Playdough was always a hit in my house. My kids loved rolling, pinching, smooshing, and getting creative with it.
I love that playdough keeps my kids occupied so I can get a few things done around the house. But, more than that, I love that kids can learn while doing one of their favorite things.
Playdough mats like these are quick to put together. There’s almost no prep involved so kids can get started with this activity in no time. These free printable playdough mats are perfect for your preschool centers.Print out these free playdough mats, and you’ve got a quick and easy activity to use with your kids. These mats are great when you want a quick and easy activity to do with your kids – an activity that teaches while they play.
These playdough mats teach a variety of beginner skills. They can help preschoolers with letter recognition, handwriting, and more!
Print and Go Activities
My favorite preschool activities are the ones that don’t require much prep time. These playdough mats fit the bill. All you’ve got to do is print them out and laminate them.
I love laminating preschool activity pages to make them more durable. We all know how quickly busy little hands can destroy a well-planned activity. So, I print the pages on cardstock and laminate them for durability.
When I don’t laminate an activity, I slip it into a dry erase pouch. This helps make the pages reusable. Just have little ones use dry erase markers for the writing part.
How to Use the Mats
Print the playdough mats and laminate them or slip them in a dry erase pocket. Have your child roll, pinch, and mold playdough to build each winter-themed object in the pack.
Once they’ve built the items, have them trace each sentence at the bottom of the page. This is a great opportunity for little ones to work on handwriting.
If you have older preschoolers or kindergarteners, you can talk about sentences. Point out that all sentences begin with capital letters and end with a punctuation mark – periods in this instance.
When you laminate the pages or slip them in dry erase pockets, the pages are reusable. This allows them to be used over and over again. Just wipe them clean and start over.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT WINTER
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about winter. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! – This time, the old lady is swallowing everything from snow to a pipe, some coal, a hat, and more! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And this time, there’s a surprise at the end no reader will be able to guess!
Sneezy the Snowman – B-R-R-R-R! AH-CHOO! Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold. To warm up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire–and melts! But the children know just what to do to build him up again–and make him feel “just right”.
Snowmen at Night – Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night?
This Preschool Coloring Activity Book is intended for children 2-5 years of age. The activities include coloring, connecting the dots, mazes, spotting differences and similarities, putting items in order, pairing them up, redrawing objects, counting elements, writing and guessing words.
Stack them every which way and see how tall you make the stack before they come falling down! It’s much harder than it looks… trust me! These wood snowmen are great for pretend play, stacking, sorting and most of all, learning patience!
This collection of winter crafts for kids will keep your crew busy during the long, cold winter months! There’s something on this list of kids of all ages.
If you love filling your bookshelves with seasonal books, don’t miss this collection of children’s books about winter. Winter-themed fiction and nonfiction picture books!
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