Sadly, depending on your point of view, it is extremely rare for us to get snow in our part of Kent. The last time we had snow was about 2 years ago and even then it was only a light dusting. I watched all the parents taking their children to school on their sledges, which were really just dragging along the ground because there wasn’t enough snow to slide on! Being the good parent that I am (!) I diligently bought the boys a sledge for the next round of snow. It has sat in the shed ever since as not a flake of snow has fallen!
We don’t like to feel like we are missing out and so this week we got out our tuff tray and made it snow in the kitchen! Of course, I’m also not a Mum that likes to let a learning opportunity pass by either and so our invitation to play was Snowy Shapes!
This was super easy to set up. First, I printed off some shapes onto card and popped a split pin through them. I then spread these across our tuff tray.
(You can print off the shapes I used by click on the free printable at the end of the post.)
Next I made up some instant snow. Unhelpfully, the instructions on the snow I bought did not include how much water you needed to add. Therefore I was quite tentative with it which was a mistake as it took me sooo many packets to make a decent amount. I later tried adding more water to it and then we had a decent amount of snow. You need to pop your snow granules into a jug and add water. First, they turn into white slime (making you think you’ve added too much water) but give them a bit of a stir and in no time at all you’ll have a jug full of snow.
I then spread the snow all over my shapes and popped a big magnet on the side. Rowan then used the magnet to find all the shapes hidden in the snow. Sometimes he liked to find them all himself and other times he liked it when he found a shape and then I found a shape which was fantastic for working on turn taking. It’s a great activity to practise naming shapes. At the moment, Rowan is still mixing up a pentagon and a hexagon so this was brilliant for working on our recognition of those!
Why not have a go yourself with your child!
Here’s the Free Printable of the shapes I used: Snowy Shapes
If you have a go at playing Snowy Shapes, I’d love to see your creations. Do tag me in your photographs on social media.
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