A Fun Finger Play to learn
I’m A Friendly Snowman
(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
friendly snowman, big and fat!
(stretch arms out to sides)
Here is my tummy, (pat tummy) here goes my hat! (pat head)
I’m a happy fellow, a carrot is my nose (point to nose)
I’m made of snow from my head to my toes.
(hands on head, then bend to touch toes)
I have two bright eyes so I can see
(make ‘binoculars’ with fingers around eyes)
all the little children laughing with me!
(hands on belly, and say ‘ha, ha, ha’)
When the weather’s cold, I’m strong and tall,
(make super hero pose, hands on hips)
When it starts to warm up, I melt small!
(crouch down small)
source – unknown
Things to do in Winter
We offer ideas and suggestions for fun, healthy, low cost activities that can entertain and engage your whole family! Many of the ideas below can become family traditions and habits that your family will ask for again and again!
~ Warm winter days are certainly rare! If you are lucky enough to find one, take advantage by playing outside as much as you can. Go play at the park; watch the birds flying; watch the river flow under the bridge. Anything outside is good!
~ If you have a yard, then you have yard chores to do. Let your little ones help out. Child-sized tools can be found at many local big box stores and even at local nurseries. Always remember how nice it is to feel like you are helping and let your children learn that feel-good feeling by helping you do real work.
~ There is always time for a hike in a near-by state forest even after the snow falls. Teach even your little ones to walk quietly so there is a better chance to see some of the wildlife that shares our community.
~ Snow doesn't have to keep you and your children inside. Snowshoeing, cross-skiing, and even downhill skiing can be enjoyed by every age child and their families! Check out https://www.beavercreekreserve.org/ for classes, ideas and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons.
Play and Activities for Rainy Days
~ When it's just too cold and wet for your child (or you!) to be outside, why don't you think about heading to the Eau Claire Sports center. Their family fun zone is only $4.00 a child, and adults are free. It's a fun way to get the wiggles out. http://www.ecsportscenter.com/activities/family-fun-zone/
~ Library, library, library! Many community libraries have evening hours and some even have weekend programing for young children.
~ Local YMCA's and the Bloomer Area Aquatic and Recreation Center all offer open swimming for children and their parents. Costs seem to be quite low and YMCA offers reduced cost family memberships to some residents.
~ The Eau Claire Children's Museum is a fantastic investment for families with young children. Ask about the reduced cost membership for families who qualify for SNAP, Badger Care, and WIC.
~ This is the perfect time of year to spend an afternoon creating crafts to share with friends and family. Check out your favorite family blogger. You can also borrow one of mine! http://onelittleproject.com/ She has unique, cute and easy ideas for crafting with your toddler or preschooler.
~ Right about now, one cotton glove or mitten from a pair will go missing. Turn the remaining one into a hand puppet, or a set of 5 finger puppets! Add your creativity to a bit of yarn, some markers, felt and glue, and suddenly you have the perfect plan to occupy the morning!
Busy Parent / Happy Child Activities to Plan:
With just a few minutes of planning, a busy adult can plan and prepare an engaging stimulating activity
that your child will be happy to explore on their own.
We're not promising that your child will be entertained for hours - maybe long enough to make a phone call!
~ It's time to make a new batch of play-dough! Here's my favorite https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/pumpkin-pie-play-dough-diy/
~ Let your child play will a cup of baking flour in a jelly roll pan. Add a few toy cars and they can drive around in the "snow" and leave tracks. If you have Matchbox or Hotwheels construction vehicles, all the better! You can probably get that batch of cookies baking while your little civil engineer plows his roads!
~ If Santa Claus visits your house during the winter holidays, you can ask your child to draw pictures of his dream present to mail off. Maybe he can even write a Dear Santa letter! For the cost of postage, your child can even get a letter back. Check out this link for one of the ways to make this moment special. https://about.usps.com/holidaynews/letters-from-santa.html
~ Once the winter holidays have passed, your little one may discover he really likes writing and receiving "letters". Keep it up! Grandparents make excellent pen pals. If you don't have a grandparent of your own, I'm sure there are willing volunteers at the local senior center!