Winter Books, Crafts, Recipes and More for Preschool and Kindergarten

The following is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy

After Christmas is over, there’s still plenty of winter left. Are you looking for winter books or crafts for your preschool or kindergarten aged children? Check out this list that covers snowmen, polar bears, penguins and more.

the snowy day
1. The Snowy Day

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this book celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Follow the story of Peter and his first snowfall in this beautiful classic.

snowy day

Ready to learn? Head over to Homeschool Share and grab a Snowy Day lapbook printable.

Looking for some science ideas? You can teach your children about freezing, melting and more!

Ten on the Sled
2. Ten on the Sled 

Want to make your children dissolve into a pile of giggles? Check out this story of the forest animals’ wild ride.

walrus craft

I’m a sucker for handprint crafts — like this adorable walrus at Creativity Takes Flight.

3. Snowmen at Night 

Wonder what snowmen do at night? Don’t miss this story of snowmen’s secret lives!

snowman preschool pack
Beth from Living Life Intentionally has a wonderful snowman printable pack for children ages 2 to 7.

Polar Bear Night
4. Polar Bear Night 

Put your little ones to bed with a bedtime tale of a polar bear cub exploring the Arctic night.

polar bear masks
Have some hands on fun with this polar bear craft from I Heart Crafty Things.

owl moon
5. Owl Moon  

Another Caldecott Medal winner, this classic book follows a girl and her father as they go owling on a moonlit night. If you’ve got boys in your house, be sure and check out author Jane Yolen’s other works.

paper plate owl craft

Break out your paints and create these paper plate owls from Crafts by Amanda.

6. There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

Ready for some laughs? This take on the old lady who swallowed a fly will make you and your children laugh, despite the cold weather.

Keep your kids entertained with this free printable reader from Pam at Can Do Kinders.

7. 365 Penguins 

What would happen if you discovered a penguin on your doorstep every single day? One would be cute, but 365? Find out what happens in this winter time story.

Paper plate crafts are simple, but fun. Add this penguin from CraftJr to your craft box.

learning to ski with mr magee
8. Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

Follow the story of Mr Magee and his little dog Dee as they learn to ski.

When it’s craft time, try your hands at a ski collage from Activity Village.

Brave Irene
9. Brave Irene

Irene, the dressmaker’s daughter helps out her mother by delivering a dress in the middle of a fierce snowstorm. Her story of bravery will inspire your children.

Make your very own snow storm with a snow globe craft.

 10. The Mitten 

If you pay close attention to Jan Brett’s work, you’ll often see foreshadowing in the detailed margins. This tale of the animals in a snowy forest has been delighting readers for 20 years.

My friend Carissa has wonderful story props for The Mitten on her site – you can act the story out with your kids at home.

Do you have a favorite book that I left off my list? Be sure and let me know in the comment box!

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Dianna is the Catholic homeschooling mother of five – trying to stay fit and live her faith, all while managing a large family. She’s avoiding sugary winter treats while she’s finishing up a Couch to 5K program. She’s the host of Saints and Scripture Sundays each week, too. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. 


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    How do I add you? Brilliant blog, adore all the art and stuff. Message me so I can add you to my blog and Google+

    P.S. My daughter hates maths. I got her to sing it and was wondering if I transfered that to an mp3 player and got her to listen to it at night if it would sink in. Any other mothers tried this? Computer playing up so can’t add the link to her 3 x table song.