Monday, March 28, 2016

Bringing the Snow Inside

The calendar may state that it is spring, but here in northern Upper Michigan, it is still snowing! We had a a few nice days with a "spring-like" feel, and a thaw, but then it started snowing again :). Our winters tend to be long, but we do what we can to get out and enjoy them! If you have been a long time follower of the blog, I'm sure you remember many of the previous posts sharing some of our outdoor fun! Here are a couple you might want to check out:
(a quick search of the blog will yield you even more results if you are interested)
We love to play with and in the snow, and bringing it inside is just another way to play and investigate this wonderful white stuff! Sometimes we sculpt with the snow when we bring it inside, and we almost always find ways to paint it or add color whether we are inside or out.

Sometimes we use paintbrushes.... sometimes we use pipettes, turkey basters, straws, ... sometimes we just dump cups.... sometimes we use vinegar and baking soda to make "volcanoes" sometimes we use colored salt.... sometimes we use our hands, sometimes we use spoons or sand toys (shovels and rakes)..... It really depends on the day and what the children decide that they need.

Typically, the color that we use to paint the snow is our homemade liquid watercolors. However, sometimes it is powdered Kool-Aid paint, and when we are close to the end of the gallon jug of tempera paint, I tend to rinse the jug out and use the watered down paint for the snow as well. I know some places use other forms of paint or food coloring as well.

Most of our exploration inside happens inside of an under the washer tub that we picked up from a local hardware store. You could easily use a cement mixing tub, totes, or your sensory table. I really like the under the washer bins because they are large enough to allow many children to play at one time, and the sides are only a few inches high. This allows all of our children to easily access the materials and join in on the play.
Here is an affiliate link if you are interested in purchasing your own under the washer tub:

Do you bring the snow inside? What are your children's favorite indoor snow explorations? I'd love to hear from you!

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