Everyone keeps telling me that we should expect snow in the next few weeks. There was some snow last year but I doubt Jemima would remember it: she was about 7 months old and only experienced it whilst being pushed around in her pushchair, wrapped up warmly. This time I am sure that she would love running around and making snowballs! I decided to create some simple activities based around the idea of snow and snowflakes.
Being 35 weeks pregnant and looking after an active 20 month old toddler is not easy: I get very tired and do not have as much energy as usual to plan elaborate activities. With this in mind, the activities I planned required very little in the way of preparation or adult input. Jemima loved doing them all and it was nice for me to see her enjoying some creative time
1. Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes
To set up this activity, take 3-4 pipe cleaners, fold them in half and then twist to secure in place. Fan the ends out into a star shape.
Pour paint onto a paper plate. We used black and blue pieces of sugar paper. I prepared two pipe cleaner snowflakes and gave Jemima both white and glittery silver paint.
She thoroughly enjoyed this activity and the snowflakes showed up beautifully on the coloured paper.
2. Cotton Wool Snowflakes
This was a fun and simple activity, which was well suited to Jemima’s skill level. First, I put some PVA glue in a pot and gave her a paintbrush. Jemima painted the glue on the paper where she wanted to put her snowflakes, and then stuck the cotton wool on top of the glue to create snow!
We used blue paper to create the illusion of the sky; however, darker blue would have also worked well and allowed the white to stand out.
3. Snow Blizzard
For this activity, I gave Jemima two circular foam paintbrushes and three circular prints, each with a different design.
She had lots of fun dipping the various utensils in white and sparkly silver paint and creating her very own snow blizzard.
Jemima ended up filling several sheets of A4 paper with her efforts; if we were doing this activity again it would be good to use a larger sheet of paper.
If you do not have foam brushes or prints, you could easily create your own utensils – you could use cotton wool dipped in paint and/or potato prints with little designs on.
4. Snow sensory bottle
This was very easy to assemble. Pour equal quantities of water and vegetable/sunflower/rapeseed oil into a bottle. Add some silver glitter and your toddler has their very own snow globe!
Jemima enjoyed playing with this and shaking it up so the glitter moved around in the bottle.
5. The perfect music to accompany our activities is Elgar’s The Snow, Op. 26 No. 1:
This is a beautiful song and a lovely way to introduce your child to the music of Elgar. The text is as follows:
O snow, which sinks so light,
Brown earth is hid from sight
O soul, be thou as white as snow,
O snow, which falls so slow,
Dear earth quite warm below;
O heart, so keep thy glow
Beneath the snow.
O snow, in thy soft grave
Sad flow’rs the winter brave;
O heart, so sooth and save, as does the snow.
The snow must melt, must go,
Fast, fast as water flow.
Not thus, my soul, O sow
Thy gifts to fade like snow.
O snow, thou’rt white no more,
Thy sparkling too, is o’er;
O soul, be as before,
Was bright the snow.
Then as the snow all pure,
O heart be, but endure;
Through all the years full sure,
Not as the snow.
Jemima loved creating snowflakes in these simple ways. We are both hoping for some snow in the coming weeks so that she can experience it in real life! We hope you have fun trying out these activities and would love to hear how you got on.
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