Snow starting falling where we live right on the Winter Solstice (December 21). It melted but made a beautiful return on Christmas Eve … and we’ve had snow on the ground ever since. My kids were SO excited to go outside and play in it … go sledding, build snowman, and have snowball fights. Unfortunately the day after Christmas, Henry came down with a horrible cough and fever. So … no playing out in the snow for him. And since I needed to be inside with him … no playing outside in the snow for Honor, my 3 year old daughter, either.
However … I brought the SNOW inside for us to play with and explore!
I used a large clear plastic container and scooped up a bunch. We started off playing by using a small bucket (a princess one, of course!) to make snow castles.
Then Strawberry Shortcake wanted to come play …
After some playing with the dolls in the snow (they just LOVED stomping down the castles!), Honor and I started to explore how the snow melted. First we held a little clump in our bare hands and saw how quickly it melted when we closed our fist. I talked to Honor about how warm our bodies are and how cold the snow is. Our hands got cold and the snow turned into water.
She requested that I fill a small container with water and we continued are exploration. Honor noticed how quickly the snow melted when it was added to the room temperature water.
Then I got out the liquid watercolor paints and we enjoyed squirting the colors all over the white snow. (okay, I think I might have enjoyed this part a bit more than her … it was SO fun and looked SO cool!!!)
We also had fun experiments with seeing how a clump of snow absorbed the colored water. It was really cool to see the color climb up the snow … like magic!
After that Honor did some “cooking” …
And put her foot in the snow …
The entire activity of bringing the snow inside sure was a hit! It made being stuck inside much easier to handle. Here’s what the snow looked like when we were done playing …
And this is what it looked like the next morning …
Have you ever brought the snow inside to play before??? Here’s some other posts on playing with snow inside …
- Indoor & Edible Snowmen from Toddler Approved
- Bring the Snow Inside! from Dresses ‘n Messes
- Playing with Snow Inside from Happy Hooligans
- Preschool Snow Activities from B-Inspired Mama
- Bring in the Snow! from Creekside Learning
- Melting Art from Housing a Forest
- Bringing the Snow Inside from Housing a Forest
- Snow painting with a toddler from Teach Preschool
- Snowman in a Bottle from Teach Preschool
- Inside Snow Play from Here Come the Girls
- Winter Sensory Bin – Bringing the Snow Inside from Crayon Freckles
- Snow Muffins from What We Do All Day
- A Warm Way to Play with Snow from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- The Benefits of Small World Play – Penguins in the Ice and Snow from Adventures at home with Mum
- Indoor Snow Play from Sugar Aunts
- Antarctica Fun from Creative Family Fun