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Living in a Snowglobe

As another bout of snow and freezing is hitting our area, I thought I would share a craft we did that the girls loved! I found the idea on Relentlessly Fun, Deceptivly Educational last year and I knew it would be a perfect one for when it was too cold to go outside! Snowglobes are so much fun and who wouldn’t love an art project that was also a snowglobe you could shake.  We started by tracing the circle on a piece of construction paper using the clear plastic plate. The kids then painted a snowy scene inside that circle. I didn’t tell them what we were making so it was a surprise. When it dried, we took scrapbook paper and cut a trapezoid out for the base. This is a fun way to use those Montessori metal insets! e glued the base down under the circle we traced. Then we dropped a handful of fake snow power in the middle of the picture they painted. Next it was my turn to help out. Taking the hot glue gun, I put a glue bead on the traced circle and glued the plastic plate onto of the picture and the snow. When it dried, it was all done! Art that shakes up like a snowglobe! Awesome winter fun!

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More Freezing Fun!

Well the cold snap continues here! We are still sitting at tempatures below zero with wind chills that are rivaling Alaska! But that doesn’t mean we are lock inside with nothing to do (well…..locked inside yes….level 3 snow emergency for two days now)! I have seen videos of people throwing boiling water outside and having it turn into snow magically! Now, normally it doesn’t get cold enough here to do it (we don’t live in Wesconsin) but the last few days it has been! Wind chill down to -40 means that we are arctic and so I thought it would be fun to try this out. Ok….the throwing boiling water made me nervous, but hey, its for science! 🙂 I put a pot with about an inch and a half of water on the stove to boil, then I bundled up, handed Bunny my camera, and took the boiling water outside. On a wish and a prayer, I thew it up high in the air and “magically” snow rained down! I was so excited I think I screamed! 😉 And, my darling Bunny got the picture too so that you can see! My mom was on the phone while I did this and she tried it too! We were both able to do it! (Now I am sure it is ridiculously cold here). Here is a link to explain the science on why this happens!

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After the freezing snow, I wanted to try the bubble thing. Apparently if you blow bubbles in the cold weather, they will freeze and look like beautiful glass orbs. While they did seem to freeze, none of them sat frozen on a surface to look at. They all popped mid air. However, they were frozen because when they popped, a thin wispy film of bubble fell to the ground! I managed to get one to land on the wand so the girls (who were in the warm house looking out the window) could see. It was kind of a bust. But I wondered if it were colder what it would do! Here is a link to the pictures one mom took of frozen bubbles.

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We ended the day with some snow play. It was too cold outside, but not in! Fill a plastic bin with snow and its time to play! The girls were so excited about the idea, They wanted to go outside pretty badly. We were hoping to make snowmen with some baby carrots and raisins for eyes, but the snow wouldn’t pack right. 🙁 At least it was fun.

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So there you have it! I promised more snow fun and that is what you get. Now can I keep the momentum going tomorrow too? Hmmmm….I may need to get on Pintrest and look for some fun ideas. Do you have one? What do you do when its a snowy wonderland too cold to play in?