Wintry weather

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Enjoy the different types of weather that winter brings with these fun activity ideas

Wintry weather

1 The snowman

Use clay to make a model of a jolly snowman

Physical Development

Using Equipment and Material

Development matters: put together a sequence of actions (16-26 months); understand that equipment and tools have to be used safely (30-50 months).

Early learning goal: use a range of small and large equipment.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Pictures of snowmen; air-drying clay; clay board or mat; clay tools or similar equipment such as cocktail sticks or old pencils; tiny dry twigs; acrylic paint; painting equipment; strips of non-fraying fabric; small buttons.

What to do

Look at the pictures of snowmen and talk to the children about their experiences of making snowmen.

Provide the children with a fist-size lump of clay and encourage them to manipulate the clay into the shape of a snowman.

Invite the children to use simple tools to create features on their snowman, for example, a happy face or buttons. Then invite them to insert small twigs in each side of the model to represent arms. Leave to dry thoroughly.

Encourage the children to use tiny quantities of paint to highlight the features on the face and body. Then tie a strip of colourful fabric around the neck of the snowman to represent a scarf.


Help the children with practical issues, such as ensuring that their snowman has a flat base so that it stands up freely.

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  1. liv moss
    on 13 January 2013

    Revised EYFS

    Please can you update your headings. you are still using the old ones pre September 12