When I was prepping by preschool lesson plans for January, I knew I wanted to incorporate some winter fine motor activities and more name activities. I use Pinterest to help organize ideas for my classroom, so I hopped over to my Winter board and scoped out a few ideas. This pin from Sugar Aunts inspired the fine motor literacy activity the kids and I so cleverly titled “Snowball Names!”
Be sure to check out Sugar Aunts’ fine motor snowmen. It looks like a ton of fun for the kiddos! Plus, it had glitter. While I love our snowball names, there was no glitter involved. Yet. 🙂
snowball names is a fun, easy-to-set-up literacy activity
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As promised, this is an easy-to-set-up literacy activity! Write each child’s name on a piece of construction paper. I liked the blue paper the best, but the black paper made for a nice contrast too. Grab some hole reinforcement stickers.
What the kids did
In the two seconds it took me to set everything out, I was swarmed with children. I love their enthusiasm! When asked what I was doing, I said, “I thought we could make our names out of snowballs!” This brought some giggles, and the children dove in.
Their little fingers got serious workouts with this literacy activity! Having to carefully remove the stickers, then oh-so-gently place the stickers on the letters took some serious fine motor control. I was amazed at how detail-oriented and attentive the children were throughout this activity!
Keep in mind, those stickers go quickly! We went through 4 or 5 packs, and I still have a couple of kiddos who need to finish their names (they were out sick).
Here’s some of the important early learning concepts we touched on while making “Snowball Names” –
- Fine motor skills, of course!
- Word recognition – reading their names, as well as their friends’ names
- Appropriate letter formation
- Print concepts – we write and read from left to write
- Alphabet identification
- Letter sounds
So much learning with such an easy-peasy literacy activity. Now I just need to get our snowball names up in the classroom. I’m sure the kiddos already have a place in mind!
Preschool Snow Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for more snow-themed lesson plan ideas, be sure to check out our plans for the preschool classroom and homeschooling preschool. They’re chock full of a week’s worth of hands-on learning activities (and bonus printables).