Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille.  There might be little chance of rain, let alone snow, but that’s not stopping her class from having a “snow day”!

As a culmination to our unit on winter, we celebrate with a SNOW DAY! Students are invited to wear their snow gear to school (caps, hats, mittens, boots, scarves). The day includes many fun activities:

Graphing snow gear- students sit in a big circle and we graph each item in the floor.

Copy of Kimberly snow day 1 croppedSnowball fight- we use rolled up white socks to mimic a snowball fight!

Skating!Ice skating- we let the students “ice skate” using paper plates on the carpet.

Snow Day!Making a snowman- students use cotton balls to cover a small snowman template made of construction paper. They then use paper scraps to add the parts of the snowman: eyes, nose, mouth, arms, hat, scarf, buttons….

Kindergarten Snow DayMaking ice cream: students get together with their big buddies to make ice cream (gloves come in handy to do this activity) Materials needed: (for two students) one gallon size freezer ziploc, two quart size freezer bags, chocolate milk, ice, and morton’s rock salt. Directions: fill each quart size ziploc with approximately 3/4 cup chocolate milk. Fill gallon size ziploc with ice (almost full). Place quart size ziplocs (sealed) into gallon size ziploc. Add approximately 1/2 cup rock salt. Seal gallon ziploc. Seal. Shake! Viola! In about 10 mins, the milk turns into ice cream!

Looking for some more wintery ideas?  CKA’s got you covered!

Winter Comes to Transitional Kindergarten – Penguin Books to Chill Your Shelves
I’m a Little Snowman – A Wintery Song for Cold Kindergarten Days
Snowflakes, Snowflakes – a Wintery Rhyme to get out the Kindergarten Wiggles
Wintery Books Perfect for the Holiday Season
Wintery Trees Weave Math Into Art
Winter Books to Warm Up Your Shelves
All That Glitters is (Fake) Snow – An Easy Way to Add Sparkle to a Winter Art Activity
Let it Snow! A Quick and Easy Winter Art Activity