We have so much snow here in Aberdeenshire! I feel that Christmas has come early! Recently I’ve been experimenting with ways of having a more environmentally friendly approach to celebrating this event, in spite of my inner kitch desires for lights, tinsel and sparkly objects!
My kitchy tendencies are revealed in the photo below. I began by assembling my muffin pots – the brightly coloured ones are silicone. Into these I poured water, food colouring and a selection of different objects. These were left out overnight. But a freezer compartment is fine and stops everything from getting lost in fresh snow.
Because the temperatures do not go much below freezing here in Scotland, I decided to use paper clips to attach my decorations to different places. I opened them up a bit and popped them half way into each decoration before freezing. This means they are quick and easy to hang up. String is a little more fumbly.
After experimenting on my washing line, I decided that my spindly rowan tree needed a little attention. It always looks a little neglected.
From a distance the decorations don’t stand out – other than the highly coloured ones. So here’s a closer look:
Children can have fun experimenting. Objects can be anything that can be covered in water and frozen. So little Lego people, mini dinosaurs and beads in addition to natural materials such as leaves, flowers and berries work well.
As I’m not sure how much snow we will get this winter, I thought I’d store up some supplies of snow, just in case! I’ve refilled the muffin cases with snow and popped them back into my freezer for a mini snowball fight on a warm summer’s day.
If you are looking for lots of different ideas for snow activities across different curriculum areas, then download my Winter Wonderland pack. It will keep primary-aged children busy outside.
Also many thanks to Di Blackmore, who sent me this link to making Swedish Snowball Lanterns. Such a simple and beautiful idea.