Bringing the Outdoors In: Making Mini Snow People
If you've read any of my other articles here at EcoParent you'll know that I am a huge proponent of kids spending time outdoors. Whether that means time in the backyard, the park down the street, a farm, or wildnerness area, I'm a true believer in the benefits – to kids and to our planet – of connecting with nature. That said, there are days here in frosty Winnipeg, Manitoba where the gauge dips down below -30 C (which can mean -40 C with the windchill!). There are very few days when we don't send our littles outside – even if for only 15 minutes at a time – yet on those -40 days it is always nice to have some ideas in mind for how to bring the outdoors in. A mini snow person station is one of those ideas!
Set up your station:
Before inviting your kiddos to create some cool little snow people, grab the following items and set them out...
- Bin or bowl of fresh snow – avoid chunks and icy parts
- A variety of round scoops such as tablespoons, melon ballers, measuring cups, ice cream scoops
- A tray to catch the water as the snow melts
- Embellishments to decorate the snow people – things like sticks, acorn caps, pine cones, buttons, string (and scissors to cut the string)
- Optional: water colour paints and brushes
If you've ever made an outdoor snow person, making these mini snow folks will be intuitive. Here are the steps:
- Use the scoops to make the snow person's body, going from larger to smaller scoops.
- Once you have a body, decorate your snow person to give them arms, a face, maybe a scarf and whatever else your littles dream up.
- Optional: Add watercolour paint to your snow person – do this in addition to step 2 or skip step 2 and make a tye-dyed style snow person!
For your very yougest who might not enjoy or be ready for the mini snow people, try setting up a slightly larger rubbermaid sensory snow bin for them with snow, scoops, little animals, characters and more. Lay a towel or two under and around the bin for easy clean up! Enjoy!