Winter Weather Clothes

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In preschool we’ve been doing a little unit on weather.  This week when I hosted our topic was winter weather clothes.  I may have had a small ulterior motive in picking this topic… getting Clara to wear socks, shoes, and coat when we go outside.  Or at least understand why she ought to.  We’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, we did some dressing up in various coats, hat, scarves, and mittens which was a huge hit.  Then we made paper dolls who wanted to go outside and play in the cold.  I cut up an L.L. Bean catalog and ended up with plenty of paper coats, hats, boots, snowshoes, and pants.  I then pre-cut some paper dolls out of cardstock and busted out the glue sticks.  Clara likes to lick her glue stick (she’s going to be the one eating paste in elementary school for sure), but everyone else seems understand not to.  They all glued their clothes on the naked people, added some marker just for fun, then we stuck on some little googly eyes.  The eyes really made the project.  They turned out pretty cute.

We also read a couple of getting dressed for cold weather books which all the kids enjoyed.  The first, which Clara has been obsessed with lately is Thumpity Thump Gets Dressed by Cyndy Szekeres, which is the story of a little bunny that wants to go outside and play, but he has to keep changing his clothes as the weather gets worse and worse.

The other book that was a hit was Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin.  This is the story of a little girl who comes in from outside and has to take all of her layers off to have hot chocolate and cookies, then has to get all dressed back up.  I’m not sure that any of the kiddos have really expeirienced that, but maybe if it decides to be a snowy winter here.  We’ll see.

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6 Responses to “Winter Weather Clothes”


  1. 1 carrita November 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    What a COOL idea! I hope it works with getting the winter ware on easier. I remember what a hassle it was in Indian Falls with our boys, especially your husband.

  2. 2 Rick November 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    NOTHING works like experience. Pick a time and let her choose (if you’re not willing to be the chooser) and let her go outside unprepared. You have to have the guts to make her stay until she’s very uncomfortable, she’ll learn.
    Of course, doing this is probably harder for you, emotionally, than forcing her to wear correct clothes.
    At some point, YOU have to adult-up and take charge.

    • 3 mysillylittlelife November 18, 2009 at 8:12 am

      I mostly just have issues with the shoes and socks. She learned in Maui that if you don’t wear shoes the grass is warm and the beach sand feels good on your toes. But I’m about fed up enough to throw her out without her shoes on here, so I’ll keep you updated.

  3. 4 Kristen November 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Okay, so I need to move to Portland so that I can send Drew to your play school, but I will pay you to drop him off and not help or host at all! Doesn’t that sound like a great idea??? Ha ha ha

  4. 5 Karen November 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Who did the 3 feet on the paper doll???Pretty funny. Or did I have too much wine? Through the tunnel and around the bay up the bump bump road= to Gramoos house we go.!!!
    Got to sing it to Clara!!


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