The best way to learn about winter is to get out and explore it! Here are some ideas for some fun in the snow!
- Fill spray bottles or squeeze top bottles (dish soap, Gatorade) with colored water and create designs in the snow.
- Make tracks in the snow using a variety of objects (cars, spoons, shoes). Play a guessing game to match the tracks to the objects.
- Look for animal tracks.
- Experiment with freezing different sized containers of water outside. Which freeze fastest?
- Place a small plastic toy in water and let it freeze outside. Bring it inside and experiment with ways to thaw it out.
- Go Sledding!
- Bring a container of snow inside and let it melt. Look with a magnifier at the impurities in the resulting water.
- Bring in snow and put it in a pot or electric skillet. Pour salt on it and watch it melt. Apply heat and melt completely to water, then boil it. Collect some of the steam on a lid or dish. You can talk about the water cycle, phases of matter, as well as the fact that when the water evaporates, the salt is left behind. (This is a complex concept to really grasp, but children enjoy the activity. I used it to answer a child’s question as to why the snow leaves “white stuff” on our cars.)
- Build a snowman or snow fort!
- Use the same tools you would use for sand castles to build snow castles.
- Press cookie cutters into the snow to make shapes, or use letter cookie cutters to write a message. This works best in packed snow. If you’re worried about cutters disappearing, put the snow in a baby pool or in your sensory table.
- Catch snowflakes on black paper or black felt and examine them with a magnifying glass.
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Photo by toomas.