If your area is anything like ours, you probably got some snow this week, if not, oh well. I will say that all this snow has helped our winter conversations immensely. This week was all about snow and the Good Lord was kind enough to send some our way. (He can stop now.)
We made snowman this week--what one activity for the whole week? Yes, our snowman takes a couple of days. We first painted the snowman using Ivory Snow paint. You take two cups of Ivory Snow powdered laundry detergent with 1/2 cup of water. Mix it together well and you have a wonderful smelling textured paint. On Tuesday we mixed the paint together then painted our snowmen.
These snowpeople--as some insisted they were girls--then had to dry and today was "dressing" day. This is the day I raid the closet for all kinds of goodies that the children can use to decorate their snowmen. Today we had wiggle eyes, fabric, pom poms, beads, paper, and shapes. There's more in the closet, but I ran out of room.
I then give each child some tacky glue, as this glue holds the three dimensional art media much better. It is then up to the children to add as much or as little as they would like to their snowpeople. I will say some added mostly glue to their snowpeople, but they didn't mind.
Did the snowmen go home? Well, not quite yet. They were still pretty wet--only with glue this time, so they will spend the weekend at school and go home on Tuesday.
To help immerse ourselves in the wonders of winter we went outside on Tuesday and experienced the cold, snow in our hands, and ice. There was a great strip of ice in the parking lot so Mrs. T and I helped each child with a quick bit of ice skating. Lots of smiles there.
We also wanted to see how to make ice ourselves so we put some water outside on Tuesday so it would be ice today. Unfortunately, with all the snow it was more a big wet snowball then ice. We put the container back outside today to see if it will turn to ice by Tuesday.
Finally we brought some snow inside for the children to play with. I'm always amazed how they don't mind sticking their bare hands in the snow. Mrs. T had the wonderful idea of adding toys to the snow and all kinds of fun ensued.