Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Playgroups: A Snowy Activity

With some snow finally staying on the ground here in Provo, we had to take advantage of the chance to do a snow-themed activity at playgroup!

We read two books about bundling up--something that is always important during Utah winters, snow or no snow!

For our activity, we decorated snowmen with different colored snack foods. We don't have enough snow on the ground here to build a snowman, so this was the perfect activity to make up for that.

 Here's what you'll need to make your own snacky snowmen:
  • Popcorn
  • Raisins
  • Fruit Loops
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's glue
  • Markers

We also got a great game of 'Duck, Duck, Goose' going, and the kids were thrilled when I introduced 'London Bridge' to them. Our playgroup kids are ages 5 and under, and are always eager to learn new ways to run around and exercise!

This winter-themed craft helps kids use their fine motor skills by picking up and placing small finger foods onto their paper snowman. These skills are easy to practice, and help develop hand-eye coordination. Gradually strengthening these abilities can help children in day-to-day functional activities such as using utensils to eat, writing with a pencil, turning the pages of a picture book, brushing teeth, or combing hair. Activities like our snowmen help children develop these skills in a fun way--they won't even realize it's happening!

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