7 Educational Activities You Can Do with Snow
Are you expecting a lot of snow this winter? If so, why not consider some fun and educational ways to use it? Snow can actually be quite helpful when teaching some common classroom skills, and it is a fun manipulative kids love to handle. Take a look below at 7 educational activities you can do with snow so you can have fun while learning at the same time. These are activities the whole family is sure to enjoy.
1. So how dirty is snow, anyway?
Do your kids love to eat snow? This is a fun activity that shows them what exactly is in it. Take a mug and fill it with snow. Place it in the microwave on high for 20 seconds or until liquefied. Then, look at the water with your eyes and under a magnifying glass. See all of the particles and dirt that may be in it. Ew!
2. How heavy is snow?
Make several snowballs of various sizes. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of a scale and then take turns weighing the snowballs. How heavy are they? This not only teaches children how to weigh items, but how to compare weight. They will also see that similar sized snowballs may vary in weight, depending on how compacted the snow is.
3. How big is that snowball?
Make an assortment of snowballs and try measuring them with a tape measure. You can always hold a contest and see who makes the largest one, or compare measurements amongst the snowballs. See if you can find the height, width, circumference, etc. With older children, you can even graph your results.
4. How cold is snow?
Use a thermometer to check how cold the snow is. This will teach children how to read and use a thermometer. You can check the snow as soon as you bring it in, after 15 minutes at room temperature, and again 30 minutes later. See how the temperature changes!
5. Make symmetrical snow balls.
Talk about symmetry and how it is found in shapes. See if you can make snowballs that are symmetrical. Try making some asymmetrical shapes with the snow while you are at it. When making symmetrical shapes, see if you can cut them evenly in half with a butter knife.
6. Try making various geometrical shapes.
Get a few bowls full of snow and see which geometrical shapes you can make. Try making spheres, cubes, cones, and other shapes. If you wish you can try flattening the snow and using cookie cutters to cut out certain shapes.
7. Try making snow words.
Flatten out some snow on a cookie sheet and let children use their fingers to write spelling words into the snow. This is a fun activity that helps them get practice with words. You can even color the snow with a spray bottle full of water and food coloring for an extra fun, extra colorful effect!
Snow can be a wonderful asset when teaching your children. Give these tips a try and see how easy it can be to use it in your daily lessons.