Kids love to play in the snow. You can use that to your advantage with these 10 learning activities using snow.
It's almost impossible for kids to focus on schoolwork when it's snowing outside. If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids busy during those cold winter months, then you’ll want to check out these 10 Learning Activities Using Snow.
10 Learning Activities Using Snow
1. Snow Scavenger Hunt
The secret to a snow scavenger hunt is having a list of items you want your child to find. A winter scavenger hunt gives your child a chance to see winter up close and personal. A few items you may have your child look for in the snow would be icicles, frost, snowman, snowdrift, and even animal tracks. Have them journal about what they saw on their scavenger hunt.
2. Hunt for Animal Tracks
Your student who’s in lower elementary will love hunting for animal tracks in the snow. Study the different types of animals that live in your area before you embark on your animal track hunt in the snow.
3. Blow Bubbles in the Freezing Cold
A lot of times snow comes with freezing cold weather. Take your student outside and let them blow bubbles in the freezing cold weather. The bubbles might land on the ground, but only if it’s colder than -30 degrees outside. (Keep in mind that this is an activity for the really cold winter days).
4. Study a Snowflake
Spray a mirror with a very thick layer of hairspray. When it starts snowing outside and is pretty cold, stick the freshly sprayed mirror outside on a piece of cardboard. You’ll want the mirror to catch a few of the freshly fallen snowflakes. Cover the mirror with a baking pan and allow it to stay outside for a ½ hour or so. The hairspray will help keep the imprint of the snowflake and you’ll be able to study the ins-and-outs of the beauty of it.
5. Measure Snowfall
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but you could make this a unit study for your student. Have them measure the snowfall all winter long and keep a record of it in a notebook.
6. Watch the Weather
A really fun activity for students in lower elementary to do is watch the weather. Wait for a snowstorm to be predicted and help your child watch the weather as the snow storm rolls in. Ask them to journal a before the storm entry and an after the storm entry.
7. Make Snow Ice Cream
If you consider cooking a learning lesson, then you will love making snow ice cream with your student. The lesson in this snow learning activity is the measuring they will be doing. You’ll want to collect some very fresh snow, add sugar, vanilla extract, and milk. Stir together and enjoy. You can even make slush cones by adding frozen juice concentrate on top of the very cold snow.
8. Snow Forts
Encourage your student to design a snow fort before building. This will help build up their thinking skills. After they have designed their snow fort, allow them to execute it in real life by building it. You can be their assistant.
9. Snow Bird Study
Spend time studying what birds live in your area. Help your child make bird feeders to put out in the cold winter weather. Bird watch as the birds come to the birdfeeders in the snowy weather. Document how the birds act in the snow opposed to warmer weather.
10. Impact of Colder Weather
Lower elementary students love to discover things. A really cool activity to do in the snow is to find several different types of solid material (wood, metal, etc.) and bury set them in the backyard before the first snowfall. Document how they look before winter snow hits and how they look after the snow has melted. Has anything physically changed?
Since snow is such an important part of the environment and winter seems to last forever, you can use these 10 learning activities using snow with your student. You’ll both have a fun time doing the lessons together.