Snow day activities - frozen bubble

Before the pristine white layers of fluffy goodness turn into the not-so-magical mounds of slushy grey mess, here’s a round-up of some exciting snow day activities you should try out with your preschoolers.

Frozen Bubbles

If the grounds outside are strewn with snow, the temperatures are below freezing, and you have some time at hand – this is the kind of magic you can create with some plain old bubble solution and a wand.

 

Snow day activities for preschoolers - frozen bubbles

Source: Dailymail (photographer: Michelle Lynn Fritz)

Things you will need:

Hot Water – 4 cups

Washing up liquid/ dish soap – 1 cup

Glycerine – 2-4  tablespoons

Bubble wand

Patience and persistence – Oodles

Required weather conditions:

Temperature below freezing

No winds

How to go about it:

You can use a store bought bubble solution or make some using the recipe above. This bubble recipe from redtedart works great, and the glycerine makes the bubbles thicker and last longer, as well.

All you need to do is blow the bubbles and place them carefully on the snow. Wait for the bubbles to freeze and observe the intricate snowflake-like patterns that take shape inside.

A quick heads-up – as easy as this might seem, it takes quite a bit of patience to get the bubbles to freeze without popping. But, the results are well worth the effort!

 

Maple Taffy on Snow

Making Canada’s traditional golden, luscious maple syrup candy aka maple taffy on snow is another must-try snow time activity.

Things you will need:

  • Fresh, clean snow
  • Pure maple syrup – 2 cups
  • Wooden lollipop sticks/ craft sticks
  • Saucepan

How to go about it:

Boil the maple syrup in a saucepan until it begins to bubble. Prepare a fresh, clean bed of snow. Pack the snow tightly in the bed to make sure it holds the syrup. Carefully pour the syrup in lines on to the snow. Press a craft stick on the syrup and roll it around the stick as it cools. Your delicious taffy-on-snow is now ready and waiting for you to enjoy!

 

Maple Taffy on Snow - Snow day activities for preschoolers

Want to add a little twist? Roll the candy on a bed of crushed walnuts or pecans, rice crispies or chopped dry fruits! Divine!

You can also check out this recipe by Valerie Lugonja for a detailed step-by-step description and some amazing pictures.

 

Expanding Snowman

When you’ve had enough fun in the cold outside, take some snow with you to try out this snow science experiment from Sciencekiddo .

Things you will need:

Ziplock bags

Permanent markers: black and orange

Alka seltzer tablets (antacid tablets)

Snow

How to go about it:

Draw a cute snowman face on your ziplock bag. Fill it with snow. Add a couple of Alka Seltzer tablets to the snow. Zip the bag and watch. The kids will love to see the snowman magically grow bigger and bigger.

The science behind:

Alka-Seltzer tablets are made of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is a base. The acid and base do not mix when the tablets are dry. But, when they are immersed in water (from the snow), the acid-base duo reacts and release carbon dioxide gas which fills up the bag and makes it expand.

We hope you have fun trying out these snow activities with your preschoolers. Make the most of it while the snow lasts,  and do share with us if you have any exciting snow day activity ideas or traditions in your part of the world!

 

You might also like: 4 Easy Science Experiments for Preschoolers

 

 

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