When it’s cold outdoors, encourage children to participate in indoor winter movement activities.
Children can utilize movement activities that encourage their gross-motor skills and get
their bodies moving. Even if we are not having cold weather and snow during winter, there
are sometimes days when outdoor play is not an option. While learning more about the
winter, children can participate in engaging movement activities. Here are some fun ideas!
Snowake Float: Children can create and cut out several snowakes to use for a winter movement
activity. Cutting or tearing paper to make snowakes encourages motor skills. Children
can see how many dierent types of snowakes they can cut out (or can help you make) in a
specied period of time. Children can select a snowake and toss it into the air and then try to
keep the snowake aoat by blowing it or using their arms to move the air underneath the it.
See how long they can keep their snowakes up in the air.
Indoor Ice Skating: Turn a carpeted area into a movement activity by making an ice skating
rink for children. Give each child two pieces of wax paper to use as ice skates. Children can
position the paper underneath their socked feet and glide around the room. Create a “rink” by
positioning items around the room for the children to skate around.
Puddle Jump: Create a jumping activity for children to pretend they are jumping in puddles
created during the winter months. Position hula-hoops around the room and have each child
put on their rain boots.
Falling Snowakes: Play music for children and encourage them to pretend they are a snow-
ake drifting through the air during a winter snowstorm. Children can use their whole bodies
when pretending to fall through the air. When the music changes tempo, children can move
faster or slower to match their movements to the music.
Shaving Cream “Snow” Play: This is especially fun for toddlers but even older children can
have lots of fun making their own “snow” pictures. Dress your child in old clothes and put an
old sheet or tablecloth down on the oor below. On a clean table, place several cans of shaving
cream. You can also get scented bath foam for children for the same activity. Allow the
kids to spray the “snow” all over the table where they can then spread it out and play with it.
Encourage them to draw pictures in the “snow” or make a “snow” man. The feeling of the
shaving cream will keep them busy for quite some time!