Our first big snow fell. I look at all that white snow on the grass and think “Let’s play with the snow!” But, it was soooooo cold outside that we came in sooner than anticipated.
Before coming in, we scooped up a bowl of snow to continue some snow play using color inside.
Finding a green sorting tray with 5 spaces (yes, we counted them), a little snow was put in each one. Here’s where a 1 cup measuring tool comes in handy. A little extra math and clear simple instructions works well.
Supporting child autonomy and leadership, the child chooses which color to drop in each area of the sorting tray. The child has the responsibility of putting just the right number of drops we agreed on in each area. Children love independence.
Using the popsicle sticks, the color is stirred into the snow. A child notices that the snow is sooooooo cold that the blue color drops are hard. With a little moving the popsicle stick around, the snow soon becomes blue.
There are opportunities for talk and expression during this activity. We are not in a hurry. Funny stories are told about the snow and the colors —- well, especially the yellow. The popsicle sticks allowed the snow to get moved around without the fingers getting cold. Hurrah!
If you don’t have any snow in your part of the world, try chopping some ice cubes in the blender or smashing them.