In addition to the weather mother nature gifted us, we did some of our own exploration as well. The activities we did today to explore winter weather were some of my toddler's favorites this week.
ICE CUBE SENSORY PLAY IN THE BATH
All this required on my part was freezing some colored water (I chose blue and purple) in an ice cube tray earlier in the day, putting the resulting cubes in a bowl, and letting him have at it during bath time!
T loved watching the cubes float and exploring their density by pushing them underwater and watching them pop back up. He could also visualize the process of melting as the colored water was released into the tub.
His favorite part, however, was an activity he discovered all on his own (that is the goal, after all). He used his toy submarine, which has a top that opens, to "collect" all of the ice cubes. It was really incredible seeing him figure out that, unless he closed the top to the submarine after putting a cube inside, it would float back out! He also was very surprised and curious when he opened the submarine at the end of his bath to find they had all disappeared!
More Snow and Ice Sensory Play
My toddler was, obviously, not capable of operating the scissors for this craft. But we have been trying to work on scribbling with crayons lately. Instead of just scribbling on a paper, I thought it was a good opportunity to make something fun. I just let T color on a white paper with blue and gray crayons, and then followed the easy instructions from Instructables to turn his drawing into a snowflake. Some older kids participated in this activity as well (their snowflakes are pictured below...my 16 month old is not nearly that good at coloring!).
Winter Accessory Mystery Box
For the older kids, it was fun to use problem solving skills to guess what the objects were and we practiced using descriptive language to explain what they felt. While my toddler isn't quite ready for the skill of guessing, he really enjoys putting things in and taking them back out. For this activity, he particularly enjoyed feeling the fabrics, trying on the accessories, and naming what each one was.