Welcome winter! All of us at Mt. Tahoma Montessori hope you and your child(ren) are enjoying the winter break. We’ve put together a few fun activities to do at home during this fun time.
Biome: Differences between evergreen and deciduous trees
Print this worksheet for you child, and ask them which belongs to an evergreen or deciduous tree, and then the child may color the worksheet. Two versions of the worksheet are available: Download worksheet with labels or download worksheet without labels.
Here’s a few differences to get the discussion rolling:
Leaves & Needles
Evergreen: Most have needles and cones.
Evergreen: Many leaves stay on the tree for a year or longer
Deciduous: Fall off annually to preparing for a cold season, so the tree saves energy
Evergreen: Evergreen needles are green for all seasons
Deciduous: Leaves change color in the fall, although that is their “true” color, because the tree doesn’t have to make chlorophyll to produce the vibrant green color during the spring and summer.
[icon name=”icon-comments”] Ask your child what colors leaves change to during the fall
Practical Life: Flour Sifting
Fill a large bin with multiple small items. (Winter theme would work best here) A few ideas are
- Winter-colored beads or buttons
- Small strips of ribbon
- Stickers (with adhesive intact) we used foam stickers in shapes of snowmen and sleighs for this project
- White pom-poms to be “Snowballs” – our students had a tricky time finding these, as the flour stuck to them. However, they were very excited once they had sifted most of the flour away to realize it was a “snowball”
Place a small sifter on the left, bin of flour in the middle, and a small cup or bowl for the discovered items.
Have the child sift through the flour – or “snow” as you may call it – and find the treasures.
If the sifter seems to be troublesome, or wearing the childs patience thin, offer him or her a spoon & tweezers. Our student enjoyed sifting for a short time – but once he saw the treasure appear, he preferred to pick it out with tweezers so he could continue finding more.
Mathematics: snowflake counting with number cards
In order to do this activity, please printout the counting cards. You’ll also need up to 55 small items for the child to count with. You can print & cut out the snowflakes. (We suggest cutting squares around the snowflakes to make it easier / quicker)
In lieu of the print & cut snowflakes, you can use:
- Small pom-poms
- Paper cut out in any shape
- Small noodles
- Anything small you have around the house
First, cut out the numbers. Have the child sort them from 0 to 10, if possible. It’s a good idea to laminate the number cards for future use, as they can be used for a variety of activities.
To the left, have a bin with 55 of the snowflakes (or whatever item you chose).
Whether your child is just starting to count, or can do simple equations – this is a great and simple activity to improve number recognition, as well as fine motor skills.
We’ve also included the basic operator signs for more fun with mathematics.
All of us at Mt. Tahoma Montessori hope you enjoyed the Winter activities we’ve shared. Please share your feedback with us if you completed any of the above activities.