Making Snow Where There is None
Winter is here. But without snow in New England it feels a little different. I am not complaining, because it is nice to take the children out without the gamut of snow gear, however it does feeling like something is missing; SNOW!
Often winter indoor activities are quiet, clean and predictable. I have found that by creating toddler friendly sensory activities help these cold winter days just melt by. Here are a few fun snow related activities that can be adjusted for even the littlest toddler.
Fake snow ideas
- Shredded coconut
- Potato flakes
- Biodegradable packing peanuts
Baby Safe Snow Dough
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
Chill this dough for an hour before play and it is a great sensory experience
Building the scene of a snowy world is easy and fun. Include sticks for snowman arms, beans for eyes, a small mirror for an icy pond. You can revisit these sensory bins a few times. Keep it fresh by adding toys like people, pets and snow themed cookie cutters. Encourage your child to create the scene “what else do we see in the winter”? Talk about temperature, clouds and why snow happens. If it were warm, it would be rain, now that is amazing.
Add glue, scissors, and tweezers to keep your older toddler and preschoolers invested.
Snow is magical. Snow is fun and beautiful. Allowing your toddler to play with themed-based sensory bins can help them make the connection between play and the world outside their window. Snow is exciting and new, I am sure it will be here soon and hopefully to stay so we can play!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Candice Chouinard has worked with youth of all ages and backgrounds, creating and implementing programming for children. She revels in hand-on, long-term, messy projects that are both fun and educational. Candice comes from a background in creative writing, as well as, child development and psychology. She owns and operates a day care in Northampton, MA.
[Photo credit: (ccl) Tammy Strobel]