Sunday, January 29, 2012

Winter Unit Study: Week 2

I had many more activities planned for our second winter study week, but fatigue and feeling under the weather prevented many of our activities to go by the wayside. But it definitely was still a lot of fun. I really have missed being so hands-on with the kids.

The Mitten

We read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, and followed up with a craft project. The kids colored some card stock animals to match up with the story, and then cut out the mittens and animals. Once the mittens were stapled together, we re-read the book and acted out the story. The kids had fun re-creating this throughout the week.

Critter went by numeric number and Skipper had to answer some simple math problems.

Critter and Skipper cut out and created their own mini book. They thought it was cute.

And of course, we read from our book basket (book list to come).

Ideas I had planned but never got around to:
  • Hibernation and a hibernating bear craft.
  • Looking at birds, migration, and feeding the birds.
  • ABC's of winter - coming up with a word for each letter of the alphabet to describe winter.
  • Marshmallow math (for place value).
  • Snowman at Night activities.
  • Ice sculptures.
  • Ice cube boats.
  • Shaving cream "snow" fun.
  • Make (and drink) frozen juice "igloo" blocks.
  • Make hot cocoa.
  • Experiment with ice - where it melts the fastest.


  1. I have really enjoyed the winter theme with my Little Man and am sorry to see it come to an end as we gear up for Valentine's day. We also did a unit on the Mitten. So much fun. This week we did a much simplified version of the hibernating bear craft you linked to. Liked your snowman addition idea. I also liked the idea of making the mitten and putting the animals inside it. I made felt board pieces to practice sequencing but I wish I would have thought of your idea:) Feel free to visit us at Have a blessed day.

  2. We love the mitten! You have some really fun activities here =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)


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