Ideas for winter fun
Make winter into a wonderland for your little one with fun language-rich activities. The cooler months are a new opportunity to bring chilly, brisk, cool, frosty language into chats with your child. Here are some great suggestions for fun languages activities:
Go for a walk with your child and focus on the changes that are occurring in your neighbourhood. Chat about the leaves turning gold or red, or point to the grass is turning brown. As you are getting ready for your walk, talk to your child about the clothes you’ll need to wear to stay warm. Have some fun by selecting jumpers, a hats or socks. If it’s a late afternoon walk, pack a torch for them to play with as it gets dark.
Windy winter days are the best for kite flying. If you don’t have a kite you might like to help your child, make one from paper bags and string. Spend time with them as they fly their kite and talk to them about the windy weather and what other things it blows into the sky.
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with water. Fill the bath with bubbles and plastic cups and blow some foam around. you can pretend it’s snow or simply talk about the way it feels, or what happens when you pour water on it. Don’t forget - bath time is a great time to sing songs and make this part of your daily routine.
Cool weather is the perfect time to bake. Get your child to select a recipe and ask them to help gather the items from the cupboard to measure and mix the ingredients. When children participate in cooking, they learn so many new words, and concepts and best of all you have a yummy treat at the end of it.
If the weather is particularly cold there are lots of simple games to play with your little one. It might be as simple as ‘peek a boo’ or hide and seek with toys. You can even try and introduce simple card games like snap or memory. Games can help children understand the concepts of rules and taking turns.
Best of all, winter is the ideal time to snuggle in together, and share a story.
Here are some winter picture book suggestions for you to read:
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- Miss Mopple’s Washing Line by Anita Hewett
- Snow by Uri Shulevitz
- Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle
- The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins