It has been plenty cold around here, so I thought I’d go back to last year for a re-post of outdoor winter activities! Enjoy the holiday weekend!
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.
Outdoor activities promote motor development as well as provide natural earth science experiences. Bundle up and let the games begin!
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Photo by toomas.
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