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March 5, 2007, Herald Journal

Wonderful winter play


Aside from the recent extremely “frigid” temperatures, one must admit we have had a mild winter.

Although spring is on its way, winter remains, and with it the snowiest month of the year, March.

Here are some ways to celebrate and enjoy the rest of the winter season; our children most certainly will.

Make your own snow globe

Make a snow globe with an empty jar with lid, epoxy glue or silicone seal, small plastic animals, trees, scenery items, etc. glitter, water and glycerin.

Glue animals, scenery items, etc. with the glue or seal to the lid of the jar in a chosen arrangement. Let dry completely, overnight preferably.

Fill the jar (not quite full) with water and a little glycerin. It will work without the glycerin, but the glycerin makes the snow fall a little slower.

Add a tablespoon or so of glitter for snow. Gently put the lid on, first adjusting the amount of water in the jar – keep as full as possible. The lid must then be glued on with epoxy glue or silicone seal. Leave to cure for several hours, then shake and enjoy the snowfall.

Create a snowy picture

Using a piece of light blue construction paper, have your child draw a wavy line with a black crayon across the paper for the snow and use the crayon to draw a winter scene. When the picture is complete, have your child brush it with a mixture of Epsom salt and water (approx. one teaspoon to one-third cup water).

When the picture dries, it will glisten lightly, as if in a snowy haze.

Winter reading

Enjoy some winter reading with some wonderful children’s books:

“A Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

“Stranger in the Woods” by Carl Sams II

“Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson

“The Mitten” by Jan Brett

“Holly Pond Hill – Oliver’s Red Toboggan” by Paul Kortepeter

Snowflake song

Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb:

Snowflakes falling from the sky,

the sky, from the sky,

from snowflakes falling from the sky,

to the earth below.

Watch them as they dance and whirl,

dance and whirl, dance and whirl,

Watch them as they dance and whirl,

soft white winter snow.

Enjoy an edible snowman

Using three large marshmallows, some frosting, two pretzel sticks and some red hot candies, make an edible snowman.

Use frosting to make the marshmallows stick for the snowman body. Stick the pretzel sticks into the middle marshmallow on the sides for the arms.

Use frosting to make the red hots stick for the buttons, and enjoy.