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Winter Day Play!: Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out

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Book Name: Winter Day Play!: Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out

Author: Nancy F. Castaldo

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 1-55652-381-5

Cover: paperback

# of Pages: 161

Illustrations: B & W drawings

Experience Required: preschool +

Book Review

Winter Day Play!: Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out is a great idea book for what to do in the winter months whether the weather is good or bad outside. What I really like about this book is the wide variety of activity ideas organized into the following chapters/categories: Into the Snow!, Fun and Games, Winter Critters, Arctic Adventures, Cabin Fever, Winter Holidays and Festivals and Winter Olympics. The activities in these chapters/categories can be engaged in by children of different ages and a snowflake symbol is used to indicate the projects that require adult assistance. For the crafts, games and activities included in this book there is a list of tools and materials you will need. Because this is a book full of activities the whole family can use, parents need to be aware that at least one of the activities involves the use of peanut butter. If allergies are a concern this needs to be taken into account when deciding what activities to do. I also really like that some of the activities have practical applications (i.e. Layer Up Relay) because older and younger children play a game while getting ready to go outside as well as the younger ones having time to practice dressing themselves.

I especially like the chapter called Winter Critters because it is informative in a fun way that makes exploring the outdoor environment interesting. Children can look for footprints in the snow, stars at night, owls, go for a moonwalk and feed the birds that hang around in winter. Another thing children like to do is help out in the kitchen and there are a number of recipes that are winter favorites they can help prepare (i.e. Chase the Chills Chili and Hot Cocoa) as well as learning some new recipes for Berry Bear Punch and Beary Muffins. I like that as well as the recipes on these pages and other activities in this book are accompanied by additional information or games (i.e. I Spy Snow accompanies the instructions for Snowy Day Bingo). In the Winter Critters chapter under the Bear Pajama Party section not only are there the bear themed recipes there is a list of bear books you can read and a game (Don’t Wake the Bear) to which is attached an article on the origin of teddy bears.

One final thing that deserves a special mention about Winter Day Play!: Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out is the multicultural content of this book. There are instructions for activities that represent cultures and countries children may never experience (i.e. Japanese Snow Cottage, Igloos, Snowshoes, Soapstone Sculptures, Inuit Clay Bird Game, Eskimo Yo-Yo, Iditarod Race Relay) as well as how various winter holidays are celebrated throughout the world. There are also resources of additional books, websites and videos listed at the back of this book. The resources are sorted into categories of the chapters of this book to narrow down your search if you are looking for something specific. If you are looking to attend a winter festival there are listings of those taking place in the United States and Canada with a little description and contact number accompanying each listing.


  • Make a Japanese Snow Cottage
  • Bird Buffet Tree
  • Snowshoe Hare Puppet
  • Soapstone Sculptures
  • Spirit Mask
  • Snow Globes
  • Beanbag Snowman
  • My Mitten Book
  • Paper Lanterns
  • New Year’s Eve Scrapbook

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