We grabbed a few towels and some play kitchen supplies for this activity. Then, I brought in snow and we baked pretend birthday cakes, muffins, and baby food. Both kids played until their fingers were red. We tried mittens but they weren't to Lydia or Miles liking for dexterity reasons. Miles loved just resting his little fingers in the snow and banging all the plastic together. Lydia was very purposeful and "mixed" the snow, placed it from one bowl into the other, and pretended to crack eggs. It's so fun to see the differences in the two of them.
We did this activity several times throughout the week and will probably do it again tomorrow with our new batch of snow.
And it was sooo much fun. Lydia was excited to get to eat the snow for the first time. I used the recipe from the pin but decreased the amount of sugar. I didn't think that Lydia and I needed to share 1/4 cup of sugar.
Here's the recipe I used:
- 4 CUPS SNOW
- 1 CUP MILK
- 2 TBSP SUGAR
- 1 TSP VANILLA
(Just a note: Snow cream from my childhood included a raw egg. . was this true for anyone else?)
I wouldn't necessarily call this painting since we basically dumped color from a spoon onto snow/ice . . but its up to your interpretation. Whatever we did it was fun.
I let Lydia pick the two colors we used and of course she picked yellow as one color. So we made yellow snow and blue snow. And then we talked about mixing colors and made some green snow.
This was fun but not as well received as the pretend play we did with kitchen stuff. In fact, just to get her to do this activity we had to first make two "cakes" of snow and then pretend to be decorating them with the paint. Which she absolutely loved.