Strange ha, it’s March and I feel the winter has just properly started. It’s snowing outside, it so cold and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! Unfortunately we don’t really have a choice though, so I thought, I can write down a few things, tricks and hacks, that helps you survive the last span of cold snowy days.
ACTIVITIES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
You can make sensory boxes with snow and some toys and let children get to know the snow inside first. Sensory boxes will keep them occupied for a while and they will use and learn:
– Practical Life Skills (dumping, filling, scooping)
– Play Skills (social play and independent play)
– Will help with Language Development
– And they will use their Senses (Touch, sight, sounds, taste and smell)
Declare a book day!
There was a World Book Day just a while ago, but you can make your own one whenever you want really. When the weather is really bad and there is no way you can go outside, search on the book shelf and get out some new books or books you haven’t read for a very long time. That way it will be more exciting. Let the kids choose the books they want to read. Take in turns, let them have a go at reading (telling) the story. They practice public speech and develop their imagination. It also never hurts to catch extra cuddles!
Go out and roll in fresh powder
Give the opportunity to experience all the snow is. For some children that will be a very special occasion as they do not usually get much snow or perhaps live in the country where there is none. Dress them warm (I saw a really cool trick to help keep kiddos gloves dry if you don’t have the ski ones on hand – you put disposable gloves over them!) It might be a bit strange but it will keep them dry for a bit longer so they can finish making the snowman – or snow frog 🐸 😁!
Do experiments with snow and water
– Colour the snow with syringes full of different colours (make sure you protect the area) Could be done outside or inside.
– When it’s really cold put some water in ice trays and leave it outside overnight – to make ice, than bring it in and observe what happens over time (you can also colour it with paintbrushes )
– What melts faster (water, salt over snow) experiment
That is just a few ideas from the top of my head, if you search, I’m sure you’ll find many more to fill your days.
I hope you will love my ideas for fun snow days. Obviously this is just a scope of the things you can do, but those ones, were always very well received, with the kiddos I look after. Now, we only need more snow days!
Have a fabulous week!
The Lovely Nanny xx