Last-Minute Snow Day Activities!

Snow could either mean an extremely cold day and wet clothes dripping onto the ground or, hours of trying to entertain our kids to avoid venturing out into the snow day. Winter is here and so is all of the snow! Little ones can get easily excited at the first sight of snow. Despite how hard they try, no child can spend a full day outside playing in the cold weather. Here are a few activities that can be done indoors that still involve snow without actually having to step foot on it!

“Ready, Set, Melt!”

  • Take this opportunity to explain why the city uses salt to break down the snow and ice!

Objective: To learn how different factors come into play in which ice melts

Materials:

Source: We Have Kids

Source: We Have Kids

  • Four ice cubes
  • Newspaper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Four containers
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Place ice cubes in separate containers.

  2. Have your child wrap one ice cube in a newspaper, one in aluminum foil, and the third covered in salt. The fourth ice cube should remain the same so that a comparison can be made to all of the others.
    *Notice that the salt will melt the fastest, while the aluminum stays frozen the longest.

Snowflake vs. Snowflake

  • Let your child explore the uniqueness of each snowflake with this simple activity!
Source: Teach Preschool

Objective:  To give kids a closer look at what snowflakes actually look like and its composition

Materials:

  • Black paper
  • Camera or Magnifying Glass

Instructions:

  1. Put a piece of black paper in the freezer.

  2. Once the paper is frozen it can be held out of a window or outside to allow snowflakes to fall onto it. Since the paper is frozen the flakes will fall onto it and refrain from melting for a longer period of time.

Tips:

  • Try to wear a scarf or have your kids cover their mouths with their hand because the heat from breathing could cause the snow to melt. It is helpful to have a camera or magnifying glass to allow the kids to see the differences closer up.

"Do You Want to Build a Snowman (Snack)?"

  • Unleash your little one’s creativity by making personalized snow day snacks!

Materials:

  • Three large marshmallows
  • Small marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • M&M's
  • Other candies

Instructions:

  1. Connect the three large marshmallows using toothpicks or pretzel sticks.

  2. The two arms can be constructed using either pretzel sticks or two marshmallows on each side (using a toothpick to connect them).

  3. Similarly, the legs can be constructed through pretzel sticks or three marshmallows for each side.

  4. Use the M&M’s as the snowman’s buttons and face.

Tips:

  • Other candies can be used to decorate the snowman in other ways. This allows the kids to be a little more creative in the ways they decorate, for example, using a Twizzler as a scarf.

All these activities use materials that can be found at home for those snow days that no one saw coming! It allows you to incorporate a snow theme while getting your little ones learning and creativity going even if they're stuck indoors!