Snow STEAM Activities

Winter is almost here and don’t we just love it until about February 1st? If you’re anything like me, I’m all for the snow and fun but as soon as the holidays are over, I’m ready for spring to be here. This year is different, there has been a shift in our priorities and there is no time like the present to be present with our little ones. I used to think that I had to take mine to a heritage village and ride the Polar Express to make the winter season more exciting. Now, more than ever, I’m convinced that my little ones will cherish quality time spent and present parents over the non-existent winter outings I thought we needed to experience this winter. 

Billie’s Book Picks

Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes 

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Winter is here! Cozy up to the perfect story to get us ready for the winter season including beautiful snow falls, icicles, cooler temperatures. Winter stays and stays but then it makes way for spring to join us. Request it from the library. 

All Right Already!: A Snowy Story by Jory John

image credit: KPL encore

Duck is thrilled with all of the snow that has fallen, not a little but a lot of snow has fallen. Do you think Duck can convince Bear to enjoy the snow with him? Bear likes to stay cozy and warm inside but Duck really wants to spend time with his best friend. Find out if Duck has his way. Request it from the library.

Winter Steam Activities 

Snowflake Crystals

Who doesn’t love crystals? This may look like a complicated endeavor but rest assured you will enjoy the process and be amazed with the results. If the anticipation of this STEAM experiment is enough, just wait until you find all the places to decorate with these beauties.

image credit: littlebinsforlittlehands.com

Supplies

  • Borax Powder 
  • Water
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Mason Jars
  • Tablespoon, Measuring Cup, Bowl, Spoon
  • Popsicle stick
  • String

Instructions

1. Measure how many cups of water fill your mason jar. 
2. Mix every cup of water with 3 tablespoons of borax. For example: If your jar takes 3 cups of water to fill it, you will need 9 tablespoons of borax.
3. Dissolve all of the borax in the hot water, inside the mason jar. *For optimal results, make sure the borax is saturated.*
4. Create your snowflake with a pipe cleaner.
5. Tie your string to the snowflake (pipe cleaner) and suspend/hang it from the popsicle stick inside the jar of borax water. *Make sure the snowflake doesn’t touch the edges.*
6. Leave overnight and wake to a beautiful crystal. 

Snow Dough

Sometimes playdough doesn’t cut it or it’s dried out, crispy and stuck in the carpet. Here is a great recipe for sensory fun with ingredients you already have. 

How to make fake snow
image credit: thepurposefulnest.com

Supplies

  • Baking Soda
  • White Hair Conditioner
  • Large Bowl

Instructions

1.  Add 2 1/2 cups of pure baking soda and 1/2 a cup of white hair conditioner in a bowl.
2. Mix ingredients together until completely combined.
3. Enjoy hours of play!

Your Turn

I would love to see your colourful crystals and your snow dough, email your photos to childkpl@kpl.org.


POST WRITTEN BY MICHELLE F., CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMER

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