Do you want to build a snowman?!
One of the most fun things to do in the winter is build a snowman. However, many of us do not have snow. Check out this activity that allows your child to build a snowman indoors. The best thing about this activity is that it is not only fun, but it also can work on sequencing skills.
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Why Practice Sequencing?
Sequencing is an important skill that carries over into daily activities, problem solving, and reading comprehension. Utilizing fun or familiar activities to practice sequencing skills can increase a child’s ability to understand and arrange purposeful patterns of actions, behaviors, ideas, and/or thoughts.
- Gather the materials you would like to use to make your snowman. Fake snow, play-doh, or construction paper are great alternatives when going outside to build with real snow is not an option.
- Print out or draw/write the steps you are planning to follow. You can number steps or use transition words such as, ‘first’, ‘next’, and ‘last’.
- Discuss and/or model the steps to the activity, and then have your child/children put the steps in the correct order independently or with guidance.
- Put your snowman together while emphasizing important vocabulary or concepts. Example: “lets roll, roll, roll our balls” or “lets stack them up, up, up”
- Once your snowman is built, consider doing some of the expanding activities listed below.
Expanded Snowman Activities
- Go to YouTube and listen to “Sneezy the Snowman” or “How to Catch a Snowman” read aloud books. Compare and contrast the snowman you built to the snowman in the story.
- Discuss and find other household items with similar characteristics of a snowman. Examples: “let’s find 3 things that are cold” or “lets find 3 things that are round”
- Use other activities or routines to practice first, next, and last. Examples: brushing your teeth or playing a favorite game
This activity not only works on sequencing, but it can also address vocabulary development. Here are some examples of vocabulary that can be learned through this activity:
- cold, stack, size, clothing, round, dress, tall, snow, circles, put on, short, push, roll, take off, body parts, all done
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