“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” ~Vista M. Kelly
Well, we woke up to more snow today. Yup. I may even have to get out the shovel. Maybe. Anyhow, the point is…it’s freezing cold, and we can’t even play in it!
So we are making a warmer version of snow INSIDE the house today. We made a bowl of bubbly white “snowballs!” It’s so simple, and so inexpensive and completely safe for babies and toddlers alike. Even some of our preschoolers joined in the fun.
Materials needed: Puffy bath sponges ($1 each at the Dollar Tree), suds made from dish soap with water drained off, a splash mat for your floor, and a big container to hold the bubbles. To see how we make out suds, have a look at our Rainbow Bubble-Fest, it has the instructions!
I sat the babies down in front of the bowl and they went to work; exploring, touching, and testing…They picked up the snowballs and squished them between their little hands…And of course, they tried to see what the snowballs felt like in their mouths…But after one lick, they decided that the snowballs felt better in their hands! The babies giggled and tossed the snowballs out of the bowl…They even tried to put their toes IN the bowl…It was too much fun! Once they had the balls all out on the mat, they pushed them around with their bare feet…Such a great sensory experience for the two of them!
The toddlers soon saw how much fun the babies were having, so I made a new batch of suds and the fun started all over again…
The bubbles felt “tickly” to their little fingers…Little Miss E kept giggling as the bubbles popped in her hands.
I buried the “snowballs” under the suds for the toddlers and preschoolers, and they had fun trying to dig them out. They counted the number of balls they could find as they went along…This was a successful activity for all the children in my care…from babies 12 months to kids 3 years old. It only cost $5 and it took no time at all to put together. Nothing like some good, clean fun to cheer us all up!
And now it’s your turn to share in the fun! It’s time for the Weekly Kid’s Co-op and that means you can share your own kid-friendly activity with the rest of the world. Just click the link below and follow the simple steps. If you don’t have a blog but still want to play, click the link anyways and have a look at all the ideas that have already been linked up! You won’t be disappointed! Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by!
~Arlee, Small Potatoes