Rainbow Chimes Day Care in Huntington Long Island is an early education center and daycare that uses the High Scope curriculum which emphasizes active learning. A big part of active learning is interacting with the world on a sensory level, asking questions about the world, and then trying to figure out the answers from observations. Regularly, we’d be suggesting ideas for exploring snow, alas, this winter has brought no snow. It will come and when it does, you’ll be ready!

When the Snow Comes

Let younger children experience the cold snow for themselves. Make sure they have a chance to get out in it and feel it, taste it and see how it can be shaped. For a bit older children, help them make a snowman or a snow fort. When they come inside (or in lieu of actual snow) let them continue their exploration of snow with drawings, cotton ball snowmen and maybe some great books that feature snow like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. It’s a wonderful story and can give children ideas of how to play with the snow, like hitting snow off of branches. Another classic tale is Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Katy the snowplow saves the day when a big snow brings her town to a stand still. Another wonderful book featuring snow is The Owl Moon, which is a charming story of young girl and her father venturing into  the woods to see an owl. As children get older you can introduce them to poems about snow and, of course, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter. There is so much to explore in the snow! Maybe encourage your child to make their own book about their experiences, or lack thereof, with snow.