These hands-on fine motor winter activities for kindergarten will provide a fun sensory experience while reinforcing math and literacy concepts.
Collecting natural materials while playing outside is one of my students’ favourite things to do. They will bring me twigs, rocks, flowers, leaves, pinecones… whatever they find, they collect. The beautiful things collections can be brought into the classroom and used in so many ways!
For this activity, I used pine needles that I collected from a branch. Students can pluck the needles off to use (this will be some great fine motor practice) and they can be placed in a sensory bin, tray or bowl. Once you have collected enough needles, use them with these task cards.
By sweeping the pine needles with a paintbrush, students can trace the lines on the different objects and form letters, numbers or shapes.
Fine Motor Skills
This is such a simple winter activity- but there is some great fine motor practise involved. I love working on these skills so that I am setting up my students for success with writing and self-help skills.
A fine motor table is set up weekly in my classroom so that students have a chance to practice regularly. They also know exactly why it’s important, and are able to tell anyone who comes into our room why we do it. This is a fundamental skill, and I place a lot of importance on it.
Winter Kindergarten Activities
Just because it is important, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Using pine needles, loose parts, play dough or other found objects is a great way to use these work mats.
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