Snow Day Activity
If you are from this area, or the east coast in general, you've had a few snow days lately. Here on Long Island, we've had four (count 'em, 4!!!) nor'easters in the past few weeks. And just as many snow days, stuck inside watching the flakes fall and the wind blow. At first, it's amazing. You sleep in until like 7am, stay in your pajamas and eat fruit loops while watching cartoons with the kiddos. Around day 3 of this routine, we begin to go a bit stir crazy. We've baked all the cookies, colored all the pictures, played all the games, constructed all the forts. Now what?
While we were lucky enough to spend one of our snow days at Grandma's house, she pulled out all of the stops. Anything for her sweet pumpkin. She handed me some containers and sent me outside to gather some frosty white snow. While I was freezing my you-know-whats off, the 5 year old sat patiently at the kitchen table, wondering and guessing. What was Grandma up to? Grandma emerged from the basement minutes later with some interesting but perplexing supplies.
A large plastic tablecloth? What's that for? Paintbrushes, tiny cups, frying pans? What could they possibly be up to? Mama is getting even MORE snow, and Grandma has fetched her gel food coloring and is now mixing up a rainbow of colors in the tiny cups. Ah-ha!!! We are painting the snow!! (Squeals of excitement that I can hear, even outside.)
After the snow was flattened and transformed into a wintry palette, she set to work. Gingerly dipping her brush into the watercolors at first, she experimented with the effects of the water on the snow. Realizing that the dark colors on the brush mixed with the lighter colors if she double-dipped, she asked for a cup of water to rinse the brushes. So proud, this girl knows how to paint. Not her first rodeo.
As she finished her first masterpiece, we put it outside so that it wouldn't melt. For her next round, we suggested that she think about what she wants to paint, and plan it out. She settled on painting a little girl building a snowman. Too cute. As the pan we put outside collected more snow, it looked even more spectacular. But it didn't last long, as we were asked to dump and refill many, many times. So after many, many trips to gather the cleanest, whitest snow I could find, our little snow angel was blissfully entertained for about an hour. And mamas know, that's like 12 days in 'snow days with children' land. What did you do to keep the kiddos occupied? Give this one a go!
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I'm Jen, mama to the most incredibly adorable pumpkin in the world. Please allow me to share my experiences about life, and running to the store for diapers & dog food. All. The. Time.