Winter’s Natural Tools for Learning
Cold Canvas: Take advantage of the low temperatures and add colored ice cubes to you Nature Art Area. I have seen children create structures and patterns out of the ice cubes and use them as a type of paint as they melt into a white canvas of snow.
See Through Nature: Try filling cake molds with natural items such as seashells and seed pods then add water and freeze outside overnight. Watch iridescent ice structures emerge as they thaw.
Winter Writing: Encourage children to trace designs on newly fallen snow. Use wooden spoons, fir branches or pinecones as tools.
Down, but not out: Try adding used Christmas trees to your Messy Materials Area. Children will build forts, design their own pathways and explore trees from multiple perspectives.
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