Not literally but in the sense that my girls got to play with snow in the bath tub! I had seen this idea on several blogs (check for links in the Nittu Gritty!) but never tried it out. So worth it! My girls had a blast and the possibilities are endless.
I simply filled a big empty tub full of snow from on our deck and carried it up to the girl's bathroom, then dumped it all in the bathtub. If I had the energy I would have gone back for more, but with the way I am feeling one load of snow is all I could muster.
Then Sam and I picked out some toys to bring to the bathroom. She decided on her animals and some cars.
It so fun to see the girls playing with the snow in a new way. We loved being able to play with indoor toys in the snow too. AND the snow did not melt as fast as I was expecting so the girls were able to go back to the activity several times throughout the day. YEAH! (this was exciting because it meant multiple times that I could sit, rest and just watch them play!).
A big hit at this household. Have you tried bringing snow inside? What did you do with it once you got it inside? What was your kid(s) favorite part?
The Nitty Gritty!
Tip #1 for snow indoors - be sure that it is clean snow! This was harder for us than it may seem. With a big dog I had to be very careful about where I was gathering the snow from! Even the deck does not seem to completely off limits to the dog even though we try to make it so.
Tip #2 for snow indoors - use indoor toys! If you have sand toys and outdoor digging toys that aren't packed away for the season that would be fun too but think outside the box as well. The animals and cars were fun to make dig holes for, make houses for and roads for in the snow.
Tip #3 for snow indoors - start out with no gloves! Let your children play for a while with bare hands. They won't be as cold as they would be outside and they will get the chance to really experience what happens to the snow in their hands; the cold feeling, the melting sensation, the packing of the snow, etc. The kids will tell you when their hands get too cold and then you can let them have gloves.
This idea has been all over the web lately but I happened to find another mom that did it TODAY! Check out Little Learners Lounge.
And if you haven't participated in the January Monthly Challenge yet there is still time! I would love to see what you are doing for some fun with your kids in winter. And if you need some inspiration check out another great post from Little Learners Lounge with lots of ideas about winter play, crafts and books. Or you can check out this great post from Not Just Cute.
I would love to have an end of the month recap of all the ideas that are shared, activities we tried and LINKS to the people that shared the ideas! So please participate in the challenge. Check back to the original post to find out how to join the conversation.