Today is the perfect day for playing outside. The weather is great, the kids can go out in a sweater and gloves and it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. The perfect time to get out there and enjoy it while the sun is shining and you’re not freezing, right? Violet doesn’t think so. You see, she loves the snow and the idea of being outside – she’s just not sold once she’s out there.
I wanted to bring the snow inside, and make use of the water table, extending it to four seasons use, so I sent the kids outside with a couple of scoops and spoons to fill up a bucket and bring it inside to play in on the water table. The half bucket of snow took them about ten minutes to collect after we went for a walk to the urban forest, and they were beyond excited that the snow was going to come inside with us.
We started off with snow and scoops of different sizes. We made a few little snowmen, and created a few snowballs out of the small 1/2 tbs scoop for the snowmen to ‘throw’ at each other (or the kids to throw at each other).
Then, Olivia wanted colored snow. If you’re going to bring out the food coloring you’re going to want to make sure that the kids aren’t wearing any clothes that you’re going to care if they get stained. I put a few food coloring drops of pink and blue in the snow and let the kids mix it around. Bonus, they were able to see the purple color that was created when the snow started to melt.
Tiny snowballs, about thirty minutes of fun for the kids while we played and tiny snowball fights were easy to create when we made the decision to bring the water table inside, fill it with a bit of snow and create out own climate controlled winter wonderland.
Tip: to rinse the table I used a bowl of hot water, rinsing it off on the deck in the back and putting it back in the basement for the next time we want to bring the winter inside.