Oh it was fun getting to school and work this morning, wasn't it, friends?! My commute is normally 20 minutes, but this morning, because of the freshly falling snow, it took 3 times as long. Eeks! You just have to love that good ol' Indiana weather, don't you?
What do you do with your kiddo when the weather isn't cooperating though? The temperatures have been bitter cold, and with the addition of today's snow, it's not always easy or fun to venture outside with a little one.
Instead of playing in the snow outside, why not bring some snow inside? Grab a tub or tote, add some snow, a couple polar bear figures, some ice blocks (or ice cubes would work fine too), and let your child go to town! You could also add cottonballs or shaving cream as snow. (Just be sure to watch that your little one doesn't put anything in his/her mouth.) Use this opportunity to teach your child that polar bears like cold weather, are great swimmers, and live under the snow in dens at the North Pole.
Go to your local library and check out some books about polar bears. Indianapolis-Marion County Public Libraries have many children's books to choose from! Our favorites include Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle and Little Polar Bear from Reader's Digest.
Grab some gummy bears and head over to Teach Preschool to learn all about gummy bear science. All you need is a clear plastic cup, water and a few gummy bears to do this kid-friendly experiment. Be sure to ask your child what might happen to the gummy bear or how it might change. After a few days, check on the gummy and record your child's observations. Don't forget to give your little scientist a few gummies to nibble on!
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