Outside Snow Play

Yesterday was a gorgeous day in February. It was -5, snowing and much of the back yard was sheltered from the wind (for the non-Canucks that is warm!). We donned snowsuits and headed out. Rose sat in the sleigh and enjoyed being pulled around the garden.

Daisy did her share of pulling and entertaining her sister.

However, after a little time, Daisy wanted to play so I took over. Here she is posing on her snow dragon.. yes Buddy the dog did decorate it!

After 4 laps around the yard I was getting tired…Rose was not. Hence the pout.

My lack of energy thanks to stomach flu and Rose’s subsequent grumpiness got me thinking about outdoor snow activities. My brain was not coming up with a list of go-to outside snow activities. After some research here are my favourites:

  • Make creations from snow and found objects.
  • Make a path for the kids to follow, include obstacles to follow.
  • Tag can also be played by following footprints if you have fresh snow.
  • Take small creatures outside for a snowy game of hide-and-seek (Mama Pea Pod)
  • Provide a variety of materials and let the kids develop their own way of playing (Cheryl’s Child Care Blog). 
  • Play Tic-Tac-Snow with found objects (Parents).
  • Make coloured ice blocks for outside play. (Sweet and Lovely Crafts)
  • Open-ended Bilibo play (see a cool video of them in action here).
  • Build a snow hole

A small list to start with but we will have a go with some of these as soon as it warms up a little, it is -12 now, however  as Sir Rannulph Fiennes said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

Investigating Why Snow Melts

The gorgeous white fluffy stuff is finally here. Many Manitobans sigh and feel blue about the incoming winter, but I love it. Everything, from the excessive amount of clothes needed, to the tobogganing and freezing nose hair!!!

Daisy and I went out to play after daycare one night and got chatting about the snow and how it was still melting during the day. This sparked a need to find out how we could slow down the melting process. The picture above is Daisy collecting some snow to bring indoors (don’t worry, she has been told not to eat yellow snow).

Equal amounts of snow were put in bowls.

One was put in the fridge.

Another had an ice cube added and was left on the counter.

The third was also left on the counter.

The ice cube and fridge were Daisy’s ideas and the third is a control.

We guessed (hypothesized) about how long they would take to melt.

You can just see a little ice cube after 1 1/2 hours. The control was just water but we were very excited to find the snow in the fridge was still snow.

Learning Opportunities:


  • Set up an experiment
  • Form a hypothesis
  • Explain results

What will you do with the abundance of snow we are about to get?