It”s here – SNOW! Your school or setting might be closed today, or maybe it’s open and you’re looking for snow ideas to do with the children. Or maybe you’re at home with your own children, and running out of ways to keep them entertained. So we’ve rounded up some quick and fun ideas to help take the chill (get it) out of days like this.
- Build a snow sculpture – something different to your typical snowman. A dog, a cat, a house! Let your children’s imagination run wild. Discuss techniques for impacting the snow, the different types of snow and what works and what doesn’t.
- Going sledging is obvious – but join in yourself. Have races down the slope, experiment with different angles and various levels of steepness. Talk about ways to make yourself go faster, or slow you down. Discuss aerodynamics and whether lying back or sitting up is most effective. Does sledging work on deep snow?
- For for a winter walk, look for animal prints and try to identify what sort of animal made each mark. Try our Winter Hunt Checklist – print it out and take it with you. Tick off what you see along the way.
- Look for icicles! Where’s the best place to find them, discuss how they are formed. What happens when you hold them? Use them as pencils, writing in the snow – until they melt! (be careful as they are sometimes sharp.)
- Take some balloons and fill them with water and food colouring. Place in the snow all day and over night. The next day peel off the balloon and you’ve got a ready made ice sculture! Chip away until you’ve got a shape you’ve want, or leave as they are. Fun!
- Using an ice tray, leave lego figures in water overnight and let them freeze. The next day, excavate them using sticks or something else safe to use. Tell the children you need to set them free! (or just put in the freezer until they’re ready).
- Fill used plastic water bottles with watered down paint, and spray onto snow through the nozzle! Make patterns, ask children to write their own names or just make swirly patterns. Children really love this!
- Be like Clare’s Little Tots – use our Snowman Counting Activity to practice some counting with pre-schoolers. Add buttons, pom poms or whatever!
- Collect fresh snow from a snow fall to make snow ice cream! Just mix on your favourite cordial or sauce.
- Gather the snow in a tray and bring indoors for small world play. Add in characters and figures, use diggers and spade. Pretend to be road clearers helping the community!
- Make snow paint in jars – use old jam jars, add snow and mix with liquid paint. Take a brush and mix it round. Take outside to paint the snow or use a tray inside.
- Set up a dig! Bury things like large pebbles or fake jewels – or figures – in the snow and challenge children to find them – whoever finds the most wins! Gloves are a must for this one.
Any other ideas for snowy fun?