Download the copyright-free student pages that are included with this activity:

Family & Friends (PDF)

Tree Shapes (PDF)


Expand your students’ learning and imaginations. Help students meet their reading goals, while building upon concepts learned in this activity, with the following children’s book recommendations:


Try a simple variation of this activity to engage children in the outdoors at home. Download this fun and easy-to-do family activity.


The following tools and resources may be used to enhance the activity.

  • Ideas from PLT’s Blog


  • More Outside Winter Activities

    Check out Tips, Tricks and Lesson Ideas for Winter Outdoor Learning for a bunch more suggestions for teaching outdoors in the deepest of winter.

  • Winter-Themed Videos

    These videos of beloved children’s books about winter help bring the stories to life:

    • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats features a boy who explores his neighborhood after the first snowfall.
    • The Mitten by Jan Bretts is the retelling of a Ukrainian folktale about snow and animals.


  • Find Nearby Trails and Parks

    AllTrails is a free app that helps users discover the outdoors. Use it to find a hiking path suitable for children, to search for local places to bike or fish, or to plan a national park visit.

  • Early Childhood Education

    Are you looking for information on the field of childhood education? All Education Schools offers a clearinghouse of resources to explore professional organizations, licensing and credentials, teaching strategies, research, and more – all related to early childhood.