In my neck of the woods, winter is right around the corner.
It has already started to get cold, then warm again, and then more cold weather. Beyond the bipolar weather, we are still homeschooling.
If you’re like me, then you are homeschooling multiples in the midst of it all, and finding activities that don’t end in pulling your hair out can be a little much.
Let me help ease some of that overwhelm by sharing some amazing winter activities, projects, videos, and books that will come in handy especially when you’re homeschooling multiples.
The following suggestions can be used for just about any age. Trust me when I say that older kiddos love doing things labeled for the young ones, and vice versa.
Also, I didn’t come up with all of these on my own and would like to give appropriate credit; therefore, I will list where I got the activity, what it is, and a link. To make things easier, these can also be found on my Seasonal: Winter Homeschooling Pinterest board.
When it comes to sensory play, these activities have you covered:
- Winter in a Bag from The Idea Room
- Sensory Snow Bottle from Little Bins for Little Hands
- Snow Slime in a Jar from No Time for Flashcards
- 12 Sensory Bag Ideas from Babble
- Frozen Winter Sensory Bin from Learning 2 Walk
Have fun with Real & Fake Snow:
- Shivery Snow Paint from 123 School 4 Me
- DIY Play Snow from No Biggie
- Paint the Snow from My Life and Kids
- Painting the Snow from The Resourceful Mama
- Snow Storm in a Jar from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Icy Cold Snow Dough from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Winter Tree/Snowy Day Finger Painting from Easy Peasy and Fun
Wintry Science Experiments the Entire Family Will Enjoy:
- Colorful Frozen Hands from Happy Hooligans
- Winter Science Activities for Little Learners from Teaching Mama
- Sparkly Icicles from Kids Craft Room
- Amazing Winter Science Experiments from Growing a Jeweled Rose
Fun with Household Items:
- Cotton Ball Snowmen by A Little Pinch of Perfection
- Build an Igloo
- Ice Painting from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
For the Writers in Your Family:
- Winter-themed printable activities from Faith & Good Works
- Winter Writing Prompts from Homeschool Balance
Fun (and Educational) Wintry YouTube videos:
- Winter Words for Kids
- The First Snow of Winter
- Where do snowflakes come from?
- Animals with winter coats
- All About Winter Sports
Winter is also the perfect to time enjoy some hot chocolate, fresh baked cookies, and read a good story. These are some of our favorite books:
- Pup and Bear by Kate Banks
- Follow the Polar Bears by Sonia Black
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- It’s Groundhog Day! by Steven Kroll
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- A Snowy Day by Lola Schaefer
- Old Bear and His Cub by Olivier Dunrea
- Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown & Georgina Tee
- Winter Sports Sticker Book
- Crow in the Snow
- That’s Not My Snowman
- The Blizzard Challenge
The idea with these activities is to make homeschooling multiples way less stressful than it sounds. Whether your kiddos are close in age or spread apart, try these practical tips for making it easy peasy:
- have the older kiddos (reading age) read to the younger ones
- put each kiddo in charge of a special job when doing activities and project
- make a game with setup and cleanup time
- have a special showtime to show off work completed
- KISS (keep it simple sweetie)
- have fun and let the kiddos play
Winter time doesn’t have to be such a drag, nor a time when there doesn’t seem like much to do. Keep in mind that every experience is a time for learning regardless if it involves a worksheet or textbook!
CHIME IN: What are your favorite go-to activities, projects, books, etc. for winter time?
Michelle Huddleston is a Proverbs 31 wanna-be wife, homeschooling mompreneur, author, speaker, and Education Specialist. Michelle enjoys writing books that encourage women to live unapologetically authentic, creating curriculum resources that help take the pressure off homeschooling, and teaching online. It is her desire to positively impact everyone she encounters.