Last week we had some pretty serious snow falling, and it actually stuck for a change. It’s usually much too wet here for snow to stick, but we had a couple of inches fall in a short period. Of course, Lucas couldn’t wait to get out in it! We have been watching videos on YouTube of toy diggers and dump trucks in the snow, so I suggested we take some of his construction vehicles out to play.
We had a great time playing and chatting about the snow. Lucas was very interested in it – the last time we had any real snow, he was around nine months old so he doesn’t remember it. We talked about what snow is and why it falls, we tasted it, and we looked at the differences between snow and ice. We felt the snow, threw it, made snowballs, and the vehicles constructed a wall of snow. We also threw salt on our front path and looked at what happened.
After lunch, Lucas really wanted to go outside to play again but it was very cold by that point. One of my friends had posted photos on Facebook of her little boy enjoying some snow play indoors, and I thought Lucas might like that, too! I asked him and he was very excited, so I filled a mixing bowl with snow and brought it inside with some scooping spoons and a tea strainer. Lucas really enjoyed exploring the snow inside and decided to add some of his toy dinosaurs and animals to the bowl. He said they were having a bath! I think he was remembering his water play a couple of weeks ago. He wanted to add his Thomas trains to the bowl too, so we talked about the difference between wooden and plastic toys and why it wasn’t a good idea to put Thomas in the snow. Lucas also liked scooping snow into his dump truck, and there were several incidents of dropping the snow onto the floor. I didn’t make a big fuss about it because it’s just water and I didn’t want to spoil his enthusiasm, but I did ask him to help me to mop it up.
The snow melted quite a bit during his play session, which was a good opportunity to reinforce our conversation from the morning. We chatted some more about what snow is, where it comes from, and why it turns into water. It was an excellent day!