Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Montessori-Inspired Snowman Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

I love snowmen ... especially when I'm nice and warm! Now that I live in San Diego, I'm having lots of fun introducing snowman activities to my 2-year-old granddaughter. 

The activities in my post today are mainly for preschoolers through first graders, though, although some will also work for 2 year olds. 

You'll find lots of free snowman printables in my post today at Living Montessori Now

Here, I'm sharing some Montessori-inspired snowman activities using free printables for preschoolers through first graders. You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools.

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Snowman Cutting Strip Practice 

Snowman Cutting Strip Practice

Free Printable: Snowman Cutting Strip Practice from Preschool Snowman Pack by Royal Baloo 

This was a super-easy activity to prepare. I just printed out the printable on cardstock (which is easier for young children to cut than paper). For interest, I added a gift box for the cut pieces of paper. 

Snowman Button Counting and Practical Life Activity

Snowman Button Counting and Practical Life Activity

Free Printable: Snowman Button Counting Mats by Perfectly Preschool at Teachers Notebook 

I used a Multicraft tray, craft gems for buttons, and a toast tong for an added practical life activity. I only used 1-5 (with the exact number of "buttons") for this activity, although there are snowman mats for 1-10 if you use small enough "buttons." 

Number Snowman Hide & Seek Number Snowman Hide & Seek

Free Printable: Numbers 1-10 Snowman Hide & Seek by Maureen Prezioso at Teachers Pay Teachers 

This is a cute way to help children understand the different ways to represent each number. 

I used a Montessori Services rug for the layout. You could simply have the child search for all the snowmen that represent the same number.

Number Snowman Hide & Seek Layout
Snowman Beginning Sound Sort

Snowman Beginning Sound Sort.

Free Printable: Snowmen Beginning Sound Sort from Snowman Literacy Centers by Lorie Duggins at Teachers Pay Teachers 

Snow scenes and snowmen are available for s, t, p, and r. There are 4 snowmen for each letter sound, although you could use 2, 3, or 4 sets. 

The child simply sorts the snowmen and adds them to the correct snow scene. You can find resources on how to introduce Montessori phonics in my DIY beginning Montessori phonics post

Build a Snowman CVC Words 
Build a Snowman CVC Words

Free Printable: Build a Snowman CVC Words from Let It Snow! Winter Mini Unit by Chevron and Centers at Teachers Pay Teachers 

This is a fun extension to the Montessori movable alphabet. The letters aren't one color for vowels and another for consonants, although most children who can spell the words won't have a problem with that.

Build a Snowman CVC Word Layout

Compound Word Snowmen

Compound Word Snowmen

Free Printable: Compound Words Snowman by Anna Navarre at Teachers Pay Teachers 

This activity is for advanced preschoolers through 1st graders ... a creative way to reinforce the idea of compound words.

Compound Word Snowmen Layout 

More Free Snowman Printables  

Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to free snowman printables from around the blogosphere: Free Snowman Printables and Montessori-Inspired Snowman Activities

More Montessori-Inspired Snowman Activities 

You'll find more Montessori-inspired snowman activities in my "Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities."

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Happy winter!
 Deb - Siganture
Deb Chitwood
Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 40 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and toddler granddaughter live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

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