Today, January 31st, it is 50 degrees in MICHIGAN. It’s been freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw all month. So, what’s a native Michigan mom to do when there isn’t very much snow in mid-January? MAKE IT!
I got this fabulous idea from Make Do & Friend! I took several diapers (YES, diapers!), cut them open, took the “stuffing” out, placed it in a large plastic container, added water … and instant snow!
Henry (age 5) wanted nothing to do with this. But, Honor (age 2) and I had a blast. She wasn’t too keen on actually touching the “snow”, but did enjoy using a spoon to let the “snow” fall onto her princesses’s heads and moving the figures around in the “snow”.
After a bit, the princesses got too cold … so we gave them a break and made a little winter farm scene …
Honor was done at this point … but I still wanted to play … so I got out my favorite miniatures (penguins) and had some fun!
[a PlayDrMOM sidenote … I use sandtray (a therapy technique where the client portrays their world or problem in the sand using miniatures) often with my clients. I don’t have an “official” sandtray, rather I use large plastic containers for the sand. And I don’t just use sand … but also beans, rice, … and now … diapers!]
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.