Quite unexpectedly, we got a bit of snow last week. The kids were so excited! They had been waiting all year, hoping we'd get some snow this winter. For 3 days straight, we had nothing but rain but on Thursday evening, it changed over to a wet, heavy snow.
|Our poor persimmon trees couldn't stand up under the weight of the snow.|
|Our dogwood did ok, though.|
|Because the snow started out as rain and then froze, it wasn't very good for making snowballs. We managed to make ourselves a snowman anyway.|
|We gave him a pie-tin hat with bird seed, hoping to get some visitors.|
|Mommy started a snowball fight|
|And Olivia gave it right back to her. :)|
|We don't own a sled, so we improvised an old-school solution: a shovel.|
|The kids loved being pulled around on the shovel|
And now, our artistic section:
The Many Faces of Ezra
Last year, Olivia did a nature activity book, but there were several activities she couldn't do due to the lack of snow. We pulled the book out and managed to get a bunch of the experiments and observations done.
|unfortunately, the snow was more like ice pellets, so we didn't see any actual flakes.|
|Observing the temperature difference between the air (39 deg F)|
|and under the snow (34 deg F)|
|"Eskimo" snow goggles. By looking through the slits, glare from the sun is greatly reduced.|
|We added salt to a small handful of snow.|
|a few minutes later, it was completely melted.|
|Olivia made 3 snowballs of different sizes and then recorded how long it took each to melt.|
|We snagged a bowlful of snow to make snow cream with.|
Emma wasn't too keen on helping out with it.
|Ezra and Olivia, however, were more than willing to stir the ingredients.|