Here are some activities I did with the kids last week, in an attempt to fight the Winter blues and have a little fun with snow! Thought I'd share here in case you're looking for something to do in and around your sweet home!
Some of the activities below came from a book called, Snow Watch, by Cheryl Archer. It's a fantastic resource and I highly suggest grabbing it from your local library!
Indoor Snow Dying!You need:
- A big bowl or plastic container
- Food coloring mixed with water (I used two drop of color with about 1/4 of water)
- Medicine droppers, spray bottles, spoons, plastic medicine syringes
Build a Snow Fort...Have you ever used a bottom sheet for the top of a snow fort? Works like a charm!
|We even decided to eat lunch and read some books inside our fort. What a fun afternoon.|
How Snow Melts - learn about insulation and molecules!
- Grab a bowl or container for each child and fill it with snow.
- Measure the height of the snow using a simple ruler and record the findings.
- Wait for the snow to melt, then measure again.
What will happen? There will be far less water than there was snow. This is because of the air molecules that are mixed with water to create snow. This is also what snow is an insulator, the air molecules slow down the flow of heat (or the exiting of heat!). It's a simple experiment but the kids loved it.
Play with Water Flow
Do you have a stream or flowing water somewhere near your house? The boys used snow to try to block and direct the flow of water coming from our drain pipe. You could do this at a stream as well, which we've done in the winter time. See how much snow it takes to stop the flow completely. You can also count the length of time it takes for the water to melt through the snow.
Make Ice Crystals!What you'll need:
- 1 cup of water
- a cooking pot
- 2 cups sugar
- a jar (we used one jar for each child)
- a piece of sting and a pencil
This experiment is easy but really interesting! First, I had each child label their own jar and create their handing string (hands from a pencil, tied in the middle).
On the stove, bring the water to a boil, then add the sugar, stir until it dissolves. Let it cool then pour it into each jar. Balance the pencil across the jar with the string hanging in the solution. Now, you'll have to put the jars somewhere safe and wait a few days....
After three days? We had our very own ice crystals!
Go on a Track Search!Take a walk and search for animal tracks! We had a couple of great books a few weeks back for I forgot to get images of them. You can easily search the internet or your local library. We were lucky to find deer tracks in a nearby park.
Go on a "Green" Treasure Hunt
This is simple but fun. We walked around our backyard searching for signs of green! Look for grass poking up, small streams where snow has melted, and maybe even dig down into the snow to reveal rocks and moss! Encourage the kids to really notice the smell of the grass and the damp, limp feeling of the green plant life that has been damp for so many months!
Enjoy a Family HikeThere's nothing like breathing in the crisp, cool air on a wintry walk. We love taking the kids to all the local waterfalls and streams in Winter. Kids love to throw rocks and sticks at the ice and just explore nature in a different time of year. If you can experience it, there is nothing quite like a huge, roaring waterfall completely frozen over. Beautiful!
Enjoy today, friends, and stay warm!