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50 Fun Winter Facts for Kids
Embrace the cold and snow as a learning opportunity with these fun facts about Winter. Starting in Preschool, kids are expected to make and share observations about the weather.
In almost every early childhood or primary classroom, you will find an entire section about weather, located near the carpet area where kids gather for morning meeting. At a young age, kids recognize changes in weather patterns over time, and distinguish the different seasons. Extend their curiosity with nonfiction books, outdoor exploration, and writing activities all this cold, snowy, season.
Simple Facts about Winter
Learning facts about the Earth’s axis during Winter is important, but is beyond a 4-7 year old’s conceptual understanding.
These Winter facts are kid-friendly and use age-appropriate vocabulary. Keep reading to see how you can get a printable writing activity aligned to these Winter facts for kids.
Winter Facts for Kids
- Winter is the coldest season.
- Snow falls in the Winter
- Every snowflake has six sides.
- The sun looks bigger in the Winter.
- Trees stop growing in the Winter.
- Plants stop growing in the Winter.
- Nights are longer in the Winter.
- Some animals hibernate in the Winter.
- Winter comes before Spring.
- A blizzard is a bad snowstorm.
More Fun Facts About Winter
- These fun Winter facts for kids are geared towards the older elementary students.
- Winter months in the United States are from December 1 through February 28
- In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter solstice begins December 21 or 22nd
- In the Southern Hemisphere, the Winter solstice begins June 20 or 21st
- The vernal equinox, or Spring equinox, comes after the winter solstice.
- A Winter storm happens when freezing rain, ice, and snow occur over a few hours
- Cold weather, snow, and ice typically occur during the Winter months
- You can see your breath when it’s below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. You breathe in oxygen, and your exhale has water vapor, which allows the visual in the cold temperatures.
- The shortest day of the year happens during the Winter Solstice
- The first Winter Olympics occurred in 1924 in the French Alps.
- Like birds, whales, bats, and caribou, monarch butterflies also migrate to warmer climates – escaping the Winter weather.
- Deciduous trees lose their leaves during the winter, while most evergreen trees do not drop their needles – even in the extreme cold.
- During the winter season, the North Pole has an average temperature of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Traditional Winter holidays in the US include Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, Groundhogs Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr day, and Valentine’s Day.
Fun Snow Facts
There are different ways you and the kids can make the best of the coldest time of the year. For example, turn on The First Snow of Winter short film, put on warm clothing and have snowball fights, and have fun in the fluffy snow.
- Guinness World Records reports the largest snowflake (15″ in diameter and 8″ thick) had fallen during a storm in January 1887 at Fort Keogh.
- Snow blindness happens after too much ultra violet light, and causes temporary pain.
- The highest snowfall ever recorded in a 24-hour period in the United States occurred in April,1921 in Silver Lake, Colorado. As of Feb 2021, Weather.com reported Colorado’s 1921 weather conditions, dropped 6.3 feet of snow in a short period of time.
- When rain reaches freezing point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it turns into snow.
- An average snowflake measures .02 inch to .2 inch
- Snowflakes are translucent,. They do not change colors unless it’s a case of Watermelon Snow.
- Watermelon snow, pink or red in color, is caused by green algae.
- The history of the snowman dates back to the 1400’s when local artist, including Michael Angelo, considered snow to be free art supplies.
- The first snowman photograph was taken in 1853.
- Dry snow is not good for making snowballs but great for sledding!
How many inches of snow falls around your house during the coldest period of the year? Or, do you not get snowfall, and just wish to experience the snow of Winter. This white stuff sure is beautiful, and doesn’t last a long time.
Winter Facts Worksheets for Kids
Integrate the science of weather with the language arts behind building facts about Winter with these Building Sentences worksheets.
Building Sentences is a no-prep, interactive, writing center perfect for early readers and writers. Students cut and paste word tiles to build the 10 facts about Winter.
There are 2 levels included in the Building Sentences: Winter Facts resource.
Level 1 worksheets: Students cut the jumbled word tiles from below, and paste them in the correct order as the fact above. This level is great for building concepts of print; following print left to write, and leaving spaces in between words. Level 2: There is no sentence printed at the top of the page. They have to use the word tiles to put together a sentence independently.
Grab your Building Sentences leveled writing center and watch as the kids become engaged in speaking, reading, and writing facts about Winter.
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