It’s hard to say you can’t get the kids to school due to bad weather if you homeschool. But, you can still have fun in the snow and make it educational too!
Math- Have everyone make an estimated guess as to how much snow you received. Go out and measure the snow. Give a sticker to the persona who came the closest to their estimation.
Science- A short animated video about snow and snowflakes will not only provide good information but also some great discussion. Did you know the largest snowflake ever recorded was oner 12 inches long? Dr. Binocs
Art- Make snowflakes to decorate the house. I have to tell you that I looked online for simple snowflake designs and my idea of “simple” and others is completely different. I just snip some designs out of the paper and hope for the best. I actually decided to try to make a snowflake to show you, but it only looked like a half of one, so make sure you experiment before having your daughter or son do it, otherwise you will have some mighty disappointed kiddos!
Physical Education– Of course, you and your child should go out in the snow. You can shovel the driveway, pack snowballs, make a snowman (if you get enough snow), make snow angels, or take a walk and observe how the plants look different when snow-covered.
Health- Discuss what you need to wear outside in cold weather. Talk about frostnip and frostbite and the signs so they are not caught unaware. It’s hard to want to come in from the cold when the little ones are having fun, but it is important to do so to avoid having something serious happen to their skin. Mayo Clinic
Make Snow Ice Cream
- 1 cup milk (any kind)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
- 1 pinch salt
- 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less depending on the density of the snow)
- optional (but strongly suggested) topping: sprinkles!
- In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Go scoop up some fresh (clean!) snow, and immediately stir it into the milk mixture until you reach your desired consistency. (The ice cream should be fluffy, not runny. But it melts quickly, so dive in quickly.)
- Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired, and enjoy!
Read books about winter and snow.
Have fun this winter. ~ Lisa ~