We have had an ENTIRE WEEK off of school from the snow and ice here in middle TN. Some years we hardly see snow, so it’s always an exciting event. Aniston had long before decided that she would be making snow angels and catching snowflakes on her tongue. I adore this picture of the girls holding hands while Aniston tried to explain to her how to catch snowflakes on her tongue. (Plus my mom made those adorable hats!)
My friend Liz had texted me with some quick ideas of fun & easy activities to keep young children busy. I wanted to share them with you!
- Snow Marbles – We loved the way these turned out and they were very simple to make. We blew balloons up with air then released them. Next we filled them up with water and added some food coloring to each one. We set them outside overnight to make “snow marbles”. I think if we had cheaper balloons we would have been able to make them much bigger.
Opening the balloons was really exciting. Aniston was really proud of how they turned out.
2. Snow Painting – I am seriously in love with the way our snow paintings turned out. First, we mixed up four different bowls of salt with food coloring and laid a few sheets of cardstock on top of some baking sheets. (Any light colored paper should work.)
Then I broke the news to Aniston that we would be “painting with snow”. I loved her reaction!
We gathered up a big bowl of snow and ran back inside. I told Aniston to sprinkle snow on the paper and then sprinkle with colored salt.
She was so excited! It kept her busy for quite some time while Heidi was napping. 🙂
You can see how it is starting to look very pretty now. After the snow melted, it left behind some beautiful colors.
Is it weird that I want to frame these and hang them in her room? They would bring back such good memories!
(As you can see we used sea salt and I liked the texture it left behind. Any salt should work fine.)
3. Snow Coloring – I also let Aniston use an eye dropper to “paint” the snow. This was a great fine motor activity for her. She really had to concentrate to pick up the various shades of food coloring mixed with water and drop it in the snow.
4. Snow Volcano – If you read my post about Johnny Appleseed, you know we did something very similar by making an apple volcano. This time we pushed together a pile of snow. Then we placed a cup about half full of baking soda down in the middle. I had also added a few drops of food coloring so it would have a pretty color. I let Aniston pour vinegar over it and she was delighted to see it erupt.
She has begged to do this again! I just need to make it to the store to get some more vinegar.
5. Snow Cream – A good snow day is not complete without snow cream. Because of Heidi’s milk/egg gallery, I gave the girls vanilla soymilk, chocolate syrup, and sugar and let them go to town creating their own recipe. They had a blast.
Of course we made time for sledding, snuggling, and lots of popcorn. I hope you are enjoying Winter as much as we are.
Heidi LOVES to say “cheese!” now. She is more adorable than ever at this age!
I’ll leave you with some pictures I took outside around our house.
It’s just a short (icy) walk to Grandma’s house.
We are in the process of updating our house. New paint, shutters, and a paved driveway are just a few of the ways we’ve been fixing things up.
Happy Teaching and Mommy-ing this week friends!