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
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)
- Black or blue construction paper
- White tissue paper (other colors optional)
- Have child tear the white tissue paper
- Help child glue tissue paper to the black/blue paper
- More advanced children can use other colors to build houses, trees, snowmen, etc in the background
Preschool: Snowball Fun
Goal #10: Plays well with other children
Goal #18: Demonstrates throwing skills
- Sheets of white paper
- Laundry basket/hoola hoop
- Make snowballs by crumpling paper
- See how many you can throw inside the basket or hoop!
Middle Childhood: Winter Magazine Scavenger Hunt
1. Industry: Competence and self confidence
- Construction paper
- If you have enough children, divide them into two or more teams
- Have the children/teams go through magazines and find items associated with winter (gloves, scarves, snowmen, etc)
- Glue them to the paper
- The team with the most, wins!
Teens: Ice Sculptures
- Food coloring
- Ice Trays
- Molds/Muffin tins/Other containers
- Freeze colored water into ice trays and other containers
- Using water to fuse different parts together, have children create sculptures!
All Ages: Snowflakes!
- Have children fold paper 2-4 times
- Cut lines and shapes into the folded parts of the paper