Winter Science Activities

Winter Science Activities

Seasonal Learning Ideas

 

Young children are first introduced to science through the nature world. Encouraging little ones to explore outdoors gives them a firm basis for future studies as they mature. Cold, dreary winter days may not seem ripe for exploring the outdoors, but I have put together of a few science-related winter activities for winter that have worked well through my years schooling my own young children.

Ice Painting

Mix water and acrylic paints together in ice cube trays. For younger preschoolers it may be necessary to mix these beforehand, but older preschoolers and early elementary students are capable of mixing their own colors. Place the trays outside or in the freezer until they are frozen solid. This provides a basic lesson in a liquid becoming a solid. Bring the cubes inside and allow the children to use them to paint on heavy paper. The cubes leave behind color as they melt, providing a visual of a solid becoming a liquid.

 

Bird Watching

Not all birds fly south for the winter. Work with the children to set up a place for our avian friends during the coldest days of the year. Coat cardboard tubes in peanut butter and roll these in birdseed. Hang the tubes near a classroom window. Keep child-size binoculars on hand for impromptu bird watching sessions.

 

Snowflake Study

Wait for a calm, snowy day. Give each child a heavy piece of black paper and a magnifying glass. Children enjoy catching the falling snowflakes on the paper and studying them with the magnifying glass. The details of each flake stand out clearly on the paper.