5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects
Our Snowed in Adventure
When snow hits in the south, you can guarantee a few days snow-days. An unheard of 4 inches blanketed our area with gorgeous, soft flakes of snow. It was magical… for the first couple of days. However, when we received the call yesterday that again school was canceled, (it’s been 6 days since the snow fell) my first instinct was “Noooo”! Being cooped up in the house with three kids well, the magic has worn thin. They need to get out, have some purpose and be challenged by someone other then me and my husband (and goodness knows, I need time to work, LOL!). But then, inspiration hit this morning. With weathers warming up, the snow will be soon gone and we need to take advantage of what remains.Time to get busy, play outdoors and learn in our environment! Here are our Top 5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snowy Projects!
- Spray Bottles or recycled bottles
- watered down paints or food coloring
- leftover sprinkles from holiday cookies
Grab a large patch of snow and let the kids explore mixing colors and painting the snow. Challenge them to create patterns or simple patterns. See where their imagination takes them.
2. Snow Writing
- Leftover snow art paint
Find a patch of snow and practice writing letters, words or messages in the snow. Erase with leaves or pine branches and try again.
3. Snow Prints
- cars, trucks or anything with wheels
- Other objects that will make imprints or patterns in the snow
Have the kids lightly press outdoor objects such as leaves and pinecones into the snow to see the imprint. Hunt for tracks in the snow made by outdoor critters such as birds or deer. Use indoor objects like cars and trucks to see the impressions created.
4. Snow Science- Melting Snow
- Pots and pans
- Stove (either hot plate or indoor range)
- Cheese cloth or towel
- space heaters
Query 1: Can we Drink Snow? Have the kids learn how melt snow and use as drinking water. Collect water into a couple pots. Fill to the top so they can see how much water comes from snow. Melt the snow on the stove and observe the change in property from a solid to a liquid. Boil snow for 10 minutes, cool and strain over a towel to get rid of any twigs, dirt and leaves.
Query 2: How fast does snow melt indoors. Have the kids place snow into buckets and place in different parts of the house such as the garage, in doors and by the heater. Have them predict how long they think each bucket of snow will take to melt.
Query 3: How fast will snow melt with heat. Use a heat lamp, hair dryer or space heater. Predict of fast each bucket of snow will melt.
As the water melted, we watched a Water Cycle Video and discussed what temperature needs to be present to make snow fall.
5. Snow Books and Games
Snow was a way of life where I grew up so I sure enjoyed teaching the kids a few of my snow-fun filled games.
- Fox and Geese – a Game of Tag in the Snow
- Capture the Flag- I recall once playing this in thigh deep snow! It was crazy but always a fun adventure
- Building a Snowman or Fort
- Having a snowball Fight
- Creating Snow Angels
Recommend Reading for Snowy Day Fun
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Write
All you Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin