Here, you can access a set of free snow globe alphabet puzzle cards. These upper and lower case puzzle cards use printable snow globe puzzles for matching upper and lowercase letters. It’s a fun winter therapy activity that develops many skill areas. Let’s take a look!
Snow Globe Letter Match
Get ready to have some Snow Globe Letter Fun with these snow globe printables.
Winter is upon us. For many, this is a wonderful time full of sledding, ice skating, hot cocoa, bonfires, icicles, and snow. If you live in the cold areas of the globe, winter can be magical. I am a summer type myself, so winter and cold are not my favorite words. If I could live in the Bahamas year-round, I would. Unfortunately, being a popsicle saleswoman does not pay enough.
However, for those who love winter, the cold, and outdoor sports, this is your time! I grew up skating on frozen ponds listening for the crack sound before darting off the ice. We survived the blizzard of 1977 with snow piles as high as the roof.
For me I can get my winter fix on just one blustery day, or by staring into a snow globe!
Snow globe Activity
Creating a fun winter treatment plan is a good way to pass those long blustery days stuck inside. This week center a lesson around snow globes. You can research snow globes, talk about collectors, go broad and discuss winter, then start your activity session on snow globes.
Add this free snow globe breath awareness strategy as a deep breathing or self-regulation tool. Kids will love this whole snow globe theme!
Then, print off the snow globe printable at the bottom of this blog post and use it to work on letter identification, visual discrimination, and handwriting skills, and letter formation.
Snow Globe Facts
Writing this blog post led to finding a few fun facts about snow globes. Use these in your therapy sessions, classroom, or home to work on handwriting skills.
- Snow globes are a glimpse of winter one can view from the comfort of the beach. Collectors have shelves lined with snow globes they have gathered from around the world.
2. If you want to bring back a globe from vacation, you will have to pack it in a checked bag. No liquids over a couple of ounces in a carry-on bag. I wonder how many awesome snow globes are sitting at security every day after being confiscated from lovely travelers.
3. The Queen of Snow Globes has an entire website dedicated to snow globes.
4. Andy Zito holds the world record collection of globes and domes, a whopping 11,500!
5. You can read about the history of snow globes. The first known snow globe was reportedly created from an idea to make a brighter surgical instrument.
Snow Globe Letter match
If you are looking for printables and snow globe ideas, The OT Toolbox has you covered! A good place to get started is the Snow Globe Printable Upper- and Lower-Case PDF Printable Puzzle Cards.
This is a cute set of snowglobe worksheets that include the entire alphabet. It uses a winter theme to address goals related to matching upper- and lower-case letters. Use this as a jumping off point to work on letter recognition, matching letters, and scanning goals.
There are many ways to use this activity, but the most efficient would be to color in these cards, then laminate them.
- Make this activity easier for learners by coordinating colors on sides that go together, or more challenging by leaving them blank.
- If leaving them uncolored, how about printing them on fun colored paper to help with the less motivated learners?
- During the entire first week, have all of your learners color a page, then laminate the whole bunch. Now each student will have had a hand in this reusable activity, that can be repurposed each year.
- Enlarge these pages to make a great floor puzzle!
- Project these pages onto a smart board for an interactive game dragging the pieces around the board. I am not a huge fan of technology; however, I like to provide these options for people who are.
The term “jumping off” was used above in reference to this worksheet. This does not need to be the complete lesson on snow globes OR handwriting. There is a continuum to learning anything. For handwriting it might start with recognizing letters, move to matching letters or matching upper- and lower-case letters, progress to copying letters, then finally to writing them from memory.
Start where your learner is currently functioning, then move forward. Often it is wise to start at one stage earlier than the current level, so the learner can have a sense of mastery, before moving onto a more difficult challenge.
Have you ever noticed how many of your older learners gravitate toward “baby toys” or easy puzzles? This is because they have mastered them, and that sense of accomplishment, no matter how small, bolsters their spirit. Avoid getting stuck at this stage, but allow it at times, especially for your more reluctant learners.
The OT Toolbox can fill your treatment plan with great ideas, not just worksheets. Look at this post on winter fun activities. Adding our snow globe puzzle cards to a winter theme would be a great way to incorporate various skill areas.
In previous posts such as the Winter Fun Clothes Number Trace Worksheet, several goals were outlined beyond the most obvious. Check out that post to get an idea of the goals that can be addressed using just one work page such as this Snow Globe Upper- and Lower-Case Letter Matching PDF.
Free Snow globe Printable
Want to add this snow globe letter match to your therapy toolbox? Enter your email address below to access a PDF for matching upper and lowercase letters. This alphabet puzzle card set is also available in The OT Toolbox Member’s Club so members can access it there without entering your email address.
Enjoy your winter season full of sledding, ice skating, snowball fights, and building snowmen, while I just stare into my snow globe, lounging by the beach. Just kidding, I do not actually live in the Bahamas yet, but I will be spending one glorious week in the Caribbean getting away from old man winter!
Stay warm folks!
Victoria Wood, OTR/L
Victoria Wood, OTR/L has been providing Occupational Therapy treatment in pediatrics for more than 25 years. She has practiced in hospital settings (inpatient, outpatient, NICU, PICU), school systems, and outpatient clinics in several states. She has treated hundreds of children with various sensory processing dysfunction in the areas of behavior, gross/fine motor skills, social skills and self-care. Ms. Wood has also been a featured speaker at seminars, webinars, and school staff development training. She is the author of Seeing your Home and Community with Sensory Eyes.
*The term, “learner” is used throughout this post for readability, however this information is relevant for students, patients, clients, children of all ages, etc. The term “they” is used instead of he/she to be inclusive.