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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and, as the song implies, we need snow on the ground to be able to go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. In fact, last week our area received the first forecast predicting snow. Today, however, the bees are buzzin’, the glads are peeking from the ground, and all signs point to spring. Usually, this is the time of year when we go from light jackets and sneakers to winter coats and boots—not from boots back to flip-flops. I had planned on adding this post next week, but with the first true snowfall delayed, I thought I’d add the alternatives to snow post a bit early.
Today’s post is all about creating a wonderful snow day sans actual snow. Many of these ideas for creating snow day fun are well known to moms, dads, and teachers. However, I am combining the ideas in one handy-dandy post.
So…even if the bees are still buzzin’ in your yard and summer shoes replace winter shoes, you and your little ones can have a frosty fun day with the following ideas.
1. You can create a simple and frosty cool version of snow with merely a box of baking soda and a can of shaving cream.
2. You can easily create your own snowballs from yarn and a cardboard form.
3. Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to find household items and toys that look like a snowball. Use these collected items for some fun hands-on learning.
4. Marshmallows and pom poms make perfect substitutions for snow.
5. After a fun day of playing with snow that isn’t really snow, read this story to discover another way to create a snowstorm. Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer is a read-aloud that takes a little girl and her grandmother on a journey into the land of imagination. This story was inspired by my years spent in Michigan, where the Lake Effect Snow Machine rarely broke down during the winter and the summers provided many more brilliant snowstorms thanks to nature’s creativity.
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