Montessori Inspired Winter Learning Activities For Preschool

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Themed Montessori-inspired and fun activities for young kids are great to organize around the time when we celebrate holidays and events, such as Christmas and Winter Holidays.

Montessori Inspired Winter Play for Children

When it comes to entertaining my toddler girl I enjoy preparing activities that help her develop skills that are essential for her learning and growing, such as concentration, fine motor skills {let those little fingers work}, creativity. Sensory activities draw her attention more than anything else at this stage.

Even though we live in Australia where Christmas is usually scorching hot we still talk about snow and Winter since I celebrated many of my Christmases in the place where snow covers the earth majority of the year. I share memories with my daughter. { We only recently watched the magical Russian “Nutcracker” cartoon from 1973 which is accompanied by Tchaikovsky music, I highly recommend}.

This is a sensory tray with handmade snow – a mixture of cornflour, baking soda, glitter, and a bit of water.

snowman sensory tray

Pre-writing exercise. Instead of sand, I mixed cornflour with glitter to fill in a tray. It creates a fluffy and soft feel on fingers. My daughter was deeply engaged in this activity. If you offer it to your child, be prepared for a cleanup.

pre writing tray winter themed

Pom – pom exercise for sorting pom poms by size and color. These are great for little fingers, fun activities will keep little ones busy. You are welcome to download printables here.

Christmas tree printed with pom poms
Christmas lights printed with pom poms
Christmas tree with pom poms

Stamp exercise to strengthen little fingers and help prepare for writing. When demonstrating this exercise I put stamp prints from left to right. Another challenge is to keep stamp prints within the limits of a strip of paper.

Christmas themed stamps with paper strips

Sorting activity. I find it very beneficial for little ones because it helps them sharpen their fine motor movements, develop hand-eye coordination, attention to detail.

sorting Christmas craft objects and tray

Christmas tree balls and egg cartons – another quiet activity for little fingers. Grasping balls by tops make it perfect for practicing pencil grip.

Christmas balls in an egg carton

The Russian nesting doll is a beloved toy by many kids.

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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