Snow days are such a fun treat for kids. While that first snowfall is always an exciting time in the late fall, after a few months many of us adults tire of the cold, the parking bans, the slushy sidewalks... Our kids, however, always find delight in snow. From making snowmen to snow angels, snow spray painting, snowshoeing, skiing, and being inspired indoors, it seems we never run out of ways to embrace it.
On a particularly cold day in late December, after skiing for a short while we came home to try three indoor sensory "snow" mixtures. I love incorporating simple science experiments into afternoon play.
We tried three different blends:
1/2 cup baby oil and 3 cups white flour
2 16 oz. boxes of cornstarch and 1 can of shaving cream
1 8 oz. box of baking soda and 1 can of shaving cream
For the combinations with shaving cream, we experimented with amounts and enjoyed many different consistencies. Deep plastic containers or sensory tables work well to contain the mixtures; it was messy but worth the fun!
We love making many different types of paper snowflakes for our windows each year. It's a fun way to explore symmetry and cutting! This month, we made edible snowflakes using whole wheat and flax lavash bread; it also would be delicious with tortilla bread or pita. We folded the bread, used clean scissors to cut, and then spread with a little butter and cinnamon. We baked the snowflakes at 350 for about 8 minutes, and had a yummy afternoon snack!
Later today, after sledding, we plan to make snow ice cream, with fresh snow and a touch of maple syrup.
What are your favorite sledding hills in the Boston area? How do you enjoy the snowy days inside as well? We'd love to hear your ideas!