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Eight Snowflake Activities for a Toddler
Winter is coming, and we have more freebies for you and your child.
Our first pack we introduced during Halloween time had various activities for toddlers as well. You can check them out as a pumpkin theme is always toddler’s favorite 😊 no matter what season it is.
Snowflake Activity Pack consists of 8 different activities from puzzles to patterns and a little craft idea at the end of the pack.
You may want to laminate some of the pages so you can preserve them and reuse them many times in the future.
We've chosen snowflakes as a theme for this PDF because snowflake designs are more difficult for a toddler's eyes to recognize, so it’s an extra challenge for him.
This pack is geared towards toddlers who started to learn numbers one through ten, and they need a little practice with putting numbers in a sequence.
This pack is also for toddlers who can work with more pieces involved in one activity. For example, size sorting activity includes ten snowflake cards instead of five for younger toddlers.
Let’s start to describe our Snowflake Activities one by one and how to use them.
Which one is different?
I think a picture is self-explanatory. There are two options for this activity.
Option #1 For a younger toddler, you may want to cut each stripe individually, so he will see it more clearly what’s in front of him.
Option #2 If your toddler previously worked with such activities, presenting one sheet may be appropriate for him as it will be more challenging for his eyes to find a snowflake that is different than the rest.
Tip#1 Always read and point with your fingers words written in the instruction. Learning the direction will make a habit of doing it in the future activities.
If you cut out each strip of this activity individually cut the instruction as well and read it before you start this activity with your child.
Tip #2 If you want to repeat Which one is different? activity in the future, you may want to put the printed page in the sheet protector, and your toddler will need to use a washable marker to perform the task.
You may cut all the matching cards by yourself, or if your toddler knows how to use scissors, then he may cut all the cards individually for matching. In my experience, I have shown this type of activities to my boys way before they could use scissors.
There are two options for this activity.
Option #1 Cut the page in half so you will have two Matching Cards activities separated and you can present them at different times.
Option #2 Present the page as it is so your child will have more cards to match at one sitting.
What comes next?
Recognizing simple patterns AB, AAB, ABC, AABB, ABB.
Again, you may cut extra needed pieces on p. 7 or your toddler may to do it by himself.
You have two options for this activity as well.
Option #1 If this is the first time, your toddler sees this type of activity I would suggest to cut each strip individually. That way your baby will focus only on one pattern in front of him.
Option #2 You may present the whole page, and your child can work with five patterns one after another.
What is missing?
This activity is another pattern-recognition, but the missing piece is in the middle of the pattern. A little more challenging version for a toddler.
There are two options for this activity as well.
Option #1 You can cut each stripe individually
Option #2 Present the whole sheet and all the missing pieces as well.
In this activity, you or your child cut all the necessary pieces of a puzzle.
There are four steps to present printable puzzle like this.
Step #1 Present each piece in the sequence from one to ten. First, you may put all the pieces face up in the sequence a little bit far away from each other. You may first put the stripe with number one in front of your child. He may proceed and follow the same way and put each number in the sequence. This is the easiest way for your child to put this type of a puzzle together. Your child will feel excitement that he accomplished his mission 😊
Step #2 Put all the pieces face up but show only numbers 1-5, the rest pieces put aside for few minutes. Once he is done with numbers 1-5, you give him the rest of the parts 6-10.
Step #3 Show all the pieces face up all shuffled. It’s more challenging as your child needs to find the right number between all of them.
Step #4 The last method is putting all the pieces face down next to each other, not in the sequence. Your child takes one piece, flips it and put it in front of him. Then, he will do the same with the next card and try to put that number in front of or after the number he previously flipped. This way he learns the placement of each number by looking at the picture.
Reading numbers is allowed too :-)
There are ten different sizes of snowflakes your child can put in a sequence from biggest to smallest or vice versa.
You may practice with your toddler size vocabulary: the biggest and the smallest.
If you teach your toddler how to read you may present written word cards, biggest and smallest taken from the next activity, and ask your child to find the biggest and the smallest snowflake in the sequence. Then ask your child to put written word cards above the snowflake cards.
Size sorting with written name cards
Another Size sorting activity teaches vocabulary: biggest, bigger, big, small, smaller and smallest.
There are four easy ways to teach your child recognizing and naming these different sizes.
Option #1 You show big and small written name cards only and your child will match snowflakes to appropriate written word card.
Option #2 Show only Biggest, Bigger, Big cards and practice that.
Option #3 Show only Small, Smaller, Smallest and practice them.
Option #4 Show all the cards from Biggest to Smallest and practice all the sizes together.
Once you practice all the four steps previously described few times you may play a little game with your child.
Put all the snowflake cards in the sequence from the biggest to smallest with the written words above them. You may repeat at laud all the sizes of each snowflake and tell your toddler that you will play a little game with him. Ask him to close his eyes. Take one snowflake card away and ask him what card is missing. He will read the name of the card, or you will help him to read it. At this point, he may recognize sizes without reading the cards.
Once you practice that scenario few times, take away written name cards and play the game the same way. I’m sure your toddler will thoroughly enjoy this game. Be joyful and always smile when presenting an activity or a game.
Two snowflake outlines
Outlines of the snowflakes you can use freely with your child however you want it. Your child may trace them all you can provide crafts materials to decorate them during a winter season.
It is up to you and your child’s imagination how you decorate the snowflakes.
Hawaiian word of the week: "Luau" [loo-ow]-feast