A magnificent 7 inches of snow fell silently through the night here on our farm. It was the first snow of the year, which made it a perfect time to learn all about snow science and participate in some fun kids snow activities. You can teach your kids about the science of snow, too, with these activities for kids.
Kids Snow Activities
If you’ve followed our story at all then you know what big fans we are of living books and read alouds. You can even check out our 35 Favorite Read Aloud Books! So, of course we started our study of snowflakes by reading several snow books. “The Story of Snow” took us through the process of how a snowflake forms from a tiny speck of dust or pollen.
Then, depending on the weather conditions, the glorious hexagonal ice crystal forms! This prompted us to get out our microscope and observe snowflakes at 10X the normal magnification. If you haven’t done this before, I highly recommend it. All you’ll need is…
- Falling Snow
- Black construction Paper
Catch your snowflakes on the black construction paper and then quickly observe their shapes under the microscope before they melt! We used a pocket microscope and performed our observations outside. This helped with the melting process.
“Snowflake Bentley” told of the first man to successfully photograph snowflakes. This was not an easy task since at that time a single camera cost as much as 10 head of cattle or that the macro lens had not yet been perfected.
Finally, the children read “The Big Snow” which told how different animals on the forested hill prepared and adapted to winter’s first big snow.
Kids Snow Activities: Make Your Own Fake Snow
Before all of our snow melted we did manage to make snow ice cream and Maple Syrup Snow Candy. But, within a day or two all of our glorious snow had already melted. So, we decided to make our own fake snow! This is a super simple activity! You only need two ingredients!
- 1 can of Shaving Cream
- 1 lb. box of Baking Soda
Mix both ingredients until you get the consistency you want. The children mixed our fake snow up. At first they seemed a bit skeptical. But as they started mixing with their hands, they quickly discovered how much fun this sensory experience was!
Imagination soon took over and the children were building hills and mountains. Suddenly one of them ran and grabbed several figures and they were off pretending that their figures were having adventures in the snow.
I even observed the little dragon figure building a den to hibernate in, just like several animals in one of our snow books! We had such a grand time learning about snow with these fun snow activities!
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