Make Snow Angels
Who doesn't remember making snow angels? Lie down face up toward the sky. Swing your arms up and down and legs open and closed. Carefully get up so you can see the angel you created. Ask your child which one is the biggest? How about the smallest? Suggest that you make a double angel by having your child make an angel within your angel.
Freshly fallen snow just begs for footprints! have your kids create animal tracks for this fun activity. Check a field guide out of the library and let them study what different animal tracks look like. Then they can use different tools (wooden spoons, spades, empty spools, or whatever you have around the house) to recreate the tracks on your lawn. They might be able to trick neighbors into thinking a deer has run across their front yard!
Use one side of a cardboard box (about 12 inches square) to use as a sliding carpet. Who can slide down the farthest? Who's the fastest? Take a bigger piece of cardboard and sit on it together and go for a tandem ride. Sliding can be done on a hill with snow, on sand or on the grass.
Grab some empty spray bottles and fill them with water. Add a few drops of food coloring (or washable tempera powder paint) and shake them up. Put rubber dishwashing gloves over your child's mittens and let your child spray art onto the snow. Play outdoor Pictionary or Tic-tac-toe. Can you figure out the drawings? Can you write letters?
Winter Bubble Magic
Have you ever seen bubbles freeze? This is a really fun activity for a winter day! Here's what you will need:
10 cups of water
1 cup of dishwashing detergent, preferably Joy or Dawn
1/4 cup glycerin (available at natural food and craft stores)
plastic bubble wand
1. Mix the water, detergent, and glycerin in a bucket.
2. Take the bucket and bubble wand outside on a really cold day, when the thermometer is reading 0 degrees or below.
3. Dip your wand in the bucket and blow gently through the wand to create a bubble. What happened to your bubble? Did it freeze? What happens when you blow your bubbles out into the cold winter wind?
4. Try to keep your bubble on the wand. Allow the bubble to freeze. What happens to the bubble's color when it freezes? Experiment with your bubbles on different days. How does the temperature affect the bubbles?