I love integrating literacy into the winter crafts for kids I planned for the month! This week we made “snowy” marshmallow names using some stale marshmallows I had. I loved how they turned out, and the students found it fun!
add marshmallow names to your winter crafts for kids!
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How We Did It
I cut the construction paper in half, so I ended up with strips of paper that were 4.5″ by 12″. This wasn’t long enough, so I ended up stapling pieces together — that’s why I suggest using the large pieces of construction paper! Once I had the paper strips ready, I wrote each child’s name using a white crayon.
I had the students trace over the letters using the glue. A few needed some help with this, but most of them could handle it on their own. Once they’d traced over one letter, the children placed marshmallows on the glue. I encouraged the kids just do one letter at a time so the glue didn’t dry up.
The marshmallow names were super duper easy, but so much learning was involved. I am a huge fan of simple, but meaningful, learning activities! Here are just a few of the learning concepts we touched upon:
- We read and write from left to right
- Names begin with a capitol letter, followed by lowercase letters
- Correct formations of the letters in the kids’ names
- Correct order of letters in the children’s names
- Letter identification
- Letter sounds
- Comparing and contrasting our names with others’ names
I plan on making all of my winter crafts for kids as meaningful as these marshmallow names! Of course, I’m also planning to do so with my winter sensory bins, my winter math activities, my winter art, my winter building plans, etc. Fun and simple activities can be used to teach many, many important concepts!
What kind of winter crafts for kids do you have planned? Have you made names using marshmallows before? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. 🙂
If you’re looking for more name ideas, please read my 15+ Name Activities for Preschoolers post.
For more winter crafts for kids (and other winter ideas), check out my Winter Pinterest board.