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a-winter-watertable

On Monday, I brought an ice cube tray to work.   I put small winter animals in the tray and added water.  Yesterday, I took the animal ice cubes and added them to our water table.

To introduce the activity, we played “What Sinks/What Floats”.  I also asked who thought the ice cubes would melt before we went home at the end of the day, and who thought they would melt when we returned to the school the next day.  I made a quick graph on one of our white boards.  In our room, each child has a magnet with their name on it so making a graph is simple and quick and is also interactive for the children.

I then left the ice cubes in the water table for the children to play with throughout the day.  They loved seeing the tiny animals inside.

Before we got dressed to go home, we all gathered around the water table to see if the ice cubes had melted.  They had.  We did a quick review of the graph before going to the coatroom to get ready.  I will leave the animals in the water table for tomorrow.

a-quick-winter-sensory-idea

A simple change in your classroom to make winter feel like it is inside, is to change what is in your sensory table.  Instead of sand or water, try adding cottonballs, fake snow and white yarn.  We even put some silver sparkles in our table.  If you want to make it feel like the holidays, you can purchase plastic ornaments, and reindeer from the dollar store and add them too!  After the Winter Break, take the holiday items out, and the children can still enjoy the feeling of a “snow” sensory table.

Our students have really enjoyed this activity this past week!

snow-inside

Finally, we got some snow outside.  Last night, we received tons of snow.  So today, we thought the snow should come inside!

We took the cotton out of our sensory table to empty it.  We then filled the sensory table 3/4 of the way full with real snow.  We gave the children mittens to play in it.  Then, half way through the day when the snow had melted a little, we added paintbrushes and gave the children the opportunity to paint the snow.  The mittens were filthy with various paint colours by the end of the day, but the kids had so much fun that it was worth bringing the mittens home to wash!