Winter Fun

January 19, 2012 at 12:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Family Time, Mamma Mia Rea, Outside Play | 1 Comment
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The other day, my 3-and-a-half-year-old and I were getting into the car when he pointed up to the sky.

“What’s that?” he asked.

I looked up and saw a pipe on the roof of a building, emitting clouds of steam. “That’s called steam,” I told him. “That’s what happens when warm air mixes with cold air”.

He looked at me quizzically.

I thought fast. “Look,” I said, exhaling heavily. “Mommy makes steam, too!”.

His eyes widened.

“You try!”

He opened his mouth and blew. He was delighted when a small puff of steam eked out. After a few more successful tries, he happily bumbled into his car seat and we were on our way.

As someone who is a strictly summer weather person, I have learned to make the best of our East coast winters by taking the Mary Poppins approach: finding the fun in it. Winter weather is unpredictable, inconvenient and coooold, but it is also chocked full of learning experiences for kids.

If you can muster the energy to get yourself and your crew all bundled up, a snow-covered landscape is one of the best hands-on classrooms available. To help them learn about hot and cold, have your kids scoop up snowballs in plastic cups and bring them inside; they’ll learn quickly what happens when left in your warm kitchen overnight. Then take the water-filled cups and put them into the freezer to make ice (you can also mix in a little fruit juice for a colorful frozen treat!). Scope out icicles, crunchy leaves, and if you’re feeling brave, have your kids take off their gloves, put a little snow on their hands and watch the “magic”. Kids are little space heaters; those flakes will disappear in seconds.

If you don’t feel like braving the cold, you can let your kids make “art” on the windows of your house or car by breathing on them and “finger painting” on the steam — this is also great for literacy; kids just LOVE writing their names wherever they’re allowed to (and where they’re not allowed to, sometimes).

However you choose to spend this winter with your kids, remember to stay warm and have fun!

What fun Winter activities do you do with your kids?

Look through the ALEX Blog for fun & creative indoor activities to do like Making your own snow globes or Shrinky Dinks!

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