December’s Activities!

Each month, we send new ideas and activities to the Children’s Program Coordinators at each of the Visitor Centers. These activities address the unique needs of children impacted by incarceration and aim to give children ways to process emotions.

Infants/Toddlers: Torn Paper Snowscape

Goals addressed

Goal #5: To learn about moving and doing (fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination)

Goal #6: To acquire thinking skills (gain understanding of basic concepts and relationships)

Materials

  1. Black or blue construction paper
  2. White tissue paper (other colors optional)
  3. Glue

Method

  1. Have child tear the white tissue paper
  2. Help child glue tissue paper to the black/blue paper
  3. More advanced children can use other colors to build houses, trees, snowmen, etc in the background

Preschool: Snowball Fun

Goals addressed

Goal #10: Plays well with other children

Goal #18: Demonstrates throwing skills

Materials

  1. Sheets of white paper
  2. Laundry basket/hoola hoop

Method

  1. Make snowballs by crumpling paper
  2. See how many you can throw inside the basket or hoop!

Middle Childhood: Winter Magazine Scavenger Hunt

Goals addressed

1. Industry: Competence and self confidence

Materials

  1. Magazines
  2. Glue
  3. Construction paper

Method

  1. If you have enough children, divide them into two or more teams
  2. Have the children/teams go through magazines and find items associated with winter (gloves, scarves, snowmen, etc)
  3. Glue them to the paper
  4. The team with the most, wins!

Teens: Ice Sculptures

Goals addressed

1. Identity

Materials

  1. Food coloring
  2. Water
  3. Ice Trays
  4. Molds/Muffin tins/Other containers

Method

  1. Freeze colored water into ice trays and other containers
  2. Using water to fuse different parts together, have children create sculptures!

All Ages: Snowflakes!

Materials

  1. Paper
  2. Scissors

Method

  1. Have children fold paper 2-4 times
  2. Cut lines and shapes into the folded parts of the paper
  3. Open!

 

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