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Embrace the cold and snow as a learning opportunity with these fun Winter facts for kids.
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 a magical season filled with unique wonders that captivate the curiosity of kids.
As the coldest season of the year, winter brings with it the enchanting dance of snowflakes falling from the sky.
Each snowflake is a delicate masterpiece with six intricately designed sides, adding a touch of natural artistry to the winter landscape.
One interesting observation during winter is the optical illusion that makes the sun appear larger.
The crisp air and clear skies create this fascinating phenomenon, making winter days truly picturesque.
Easy Facts About Winter for Young Children
- 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 Interesting Facts About Winter
Nature undergoes a tranquil transformation during winter, as trees and plants take a break from their growth.
This seasonal pause allows them to conserve energy, ready to burst into life when spring arrives.
The winter nights are longer, providing extra hours of darkness for stargazing and cozy evenings by the fire.
Winter is a pivotal part of the natural cycle, setting the stage for the eventual arrival of spring. However, this picturesque season can turn fierce with blizzards, reminding us of nature’s powerful and unpredictable side.
- 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 for Kids
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!
Facts About Winter Animals
Animals adapt to the cold by hibernating, a deep sleep that helps them conserve energy and survive until the warmer months return.
These fluffy animals have thick fur that changes color with the seasons, helping them blend into their snowy surroundings. In winter, their fur turns white, providing excellent camouflage.
These adorable birds are expert swimmers and use their wings as flippers to glide through the water. During the winter, they huddle together in large groups to stay warm and protect each other from the cold.
Known as the largest land predators, polar bears have a thick layer of blubber and dense fur to insulate them from the icy Arctic temperatures. They are excellent swimmers and can cover long distances in search of food.
With their distinctive white feathers, snowy owls are perfectly adapted to winter environments. They have keen eyesight and exceptional hearing, making them skilled hunters in the snow-covered landscapes.
These festive animals are well-equipped for winter with their thick coats and wide hooves that help them walk on snow. Reindeer are known for their annual journey with Santa Claus, pulling his sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Winter is a crucial time for seals, as they rely on sea ice to give birth and nurse their young. They use breathing holes in the ice to access the water for hunting and escaping predators like polar bears.
Bears, such as black bears and grizzlies, enter a state of hibernation during winter. They find a cozy den, slow down their metabolism, and live off stored body fat until the warmer months.
Some birds, like geese and swans, migrate to warmer climates during winter to find food and escape the cold. Their long journeys showcase the incredible adaptability of these winged travelers.
These sled dogs are known for their endurance in cold climates. With thick double coats and strong, muscular bodies, Siberian Huskies are well-suited for pulling sleds through snowy landscapes.
These small mammals change the color of their fur from brown in the summer to white in the winter, providing them with effective camouflage.
Their large hind feet act like snowshoes, helping them move easily on snowy terrain.
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.
In conclusion, winter is a magical time of year, marked by a variety of fascinating facts that captivate the imaginations of kids and adults alike.
From winter storms bringing heavy snowfall to the coldest temperatures and the longest night of the year on December 21st, the season unfolds in a symphony of seasonal changes.
As the Earth’s tilt ushers in colder months, the northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, dance across the sky in temperate climates.
Winter is not just about cold; it’s a season of recreational activities like ice skating, ice hockey, and enjoying hot chocolate by the fireplace.
For those in the southern hemisphere, it coincides with summer solstice, while Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve mark important holidays at different times of the year.
In ancient times, the Germanic word “Yule” referred to this season, emphasizing its significance in cultural traditions.
Winter brings about unique phenomena, such as lake-effect snow near large bodies of warm water like Lake Erie and the magical formation of ice crystals.
Some regions, like Mount Rainier, earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the snowiest city, experiencing tons of snow annually.
Despite the challenges of low temperatures and strong winds, people find creative ways to enjoy the colder months, whether it’s participating in winter sports, witnessing the beauty of snow forms, or experiencing the thrill of high winds during storms.
Winter is not just a time of freezing air temperatures. It’s a season that encompasses a spectrum of experiences, from the tranquility of snowfall to the excitement of the holiday season, and a time for reflection on the Earth’s axial tilt and its impact on our planet’s climate.
So, bundle up, savor a cup of hot chocolate, and embrace the wonders of winter in all its diverse and enchanting forms.