Winter Diorama Dramatic Play Investigation Station

This is our last week before Christmas break and we learned about all things Light & Dark. Ironically, yesterday was the winter solstice, so our Winter Days lesson couldn’t have been timed more perfectly.

winter diorama images with text: Winter Animals Small World Dramatic Play

When it is winter in the northern half of the world, it is summer in the southern half. Winter days are short and summer days are long.

Sometimes I’m kinda shocked by how much the little guy loves snow. He’s a lot like his daddy in that sense. Personally, I’d much rather be inside where it’s warm. No surprise, right? Lol…

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Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschooler exploring winter diorama pretend play activity
Winter Diorama Pretend Play Investigation Station

Set Up

  • Set out a box with one side open.
  • Place cotton balls, sugar cubes or pillow stuffing inside to create snow.
  • Wrap a tray or cardboard with foil to create ice.
  • Put out winter animals for children to pretend with inside the box.

Big Questions

  • What do animals do in the winter?
  • Where do they live?
  • How do you think they stay warm?

This was one of those activities that I definitely wanted to do because I knew the little guy would have a blast with it, but we didn’t have a box.

I know, I know. It’s a week before Christmas and not a box to be found. Clearly I’m doing something wrong. But we literally get rid of packaging as soon as we open new stuff. It’s a lot easier that way.

preschooler playing with winter animal figurines
What ended up working for us was to grab a metal baking sheet and a piece of aluminum foil. We also used a green playsilk and some cotton balls.

The little guy just said, “And animals!” Of course. We can’t forget about winter animals.

preschooler adding white cotton to winter diorama pretend play activity
I lined the baking sheet with the aluminum foil to represent ice, added the playsilk which was our pretend grass, and of course lots of cotton balls to create snow.

You know, because what fun is winter without snow.

preschooler putting white cotton onto aluminum foil for winter diorama pretend play
The little guy and I really enjoyed talking about animals. We talked about where they live and how they stay warm. We talked about how some animals migrate and others hibernate. While still others have adapted to harsh climates.

preschooler playing with animal figurines on baking sheet for winter diorama pretend play activity
All of the various textures that we used also made for an awesome sensory experience. The soft playsilk. The crinkly aluminum foil.

The little guy spent lots of time arranging the winter animals and the grass and snow to make everything just right. He pretended that the animals were burrowing and creating tunnels in the snow and even that most of the snow covering the grass had melted.

And when it was all said and done, he totally did his own thing too. Activities like this are such a fun way to encourage creative and imaginative play.

I’m sure by now y’all have figured out that we rarely skip Invitation to Create and Investigation Station activities. They are by far our favorite things to do from each month’s preschool curriculum kit.

white cotton and animal figurine on aluminum foil
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Sights & Sounds of Winter theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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winter diorama images with text: Winter Diorama Investigation Station Dramatic Play