#SnowySTEM: Activities for Snow Days with Kids

Seattle is melting out (so much slush) from our recent, record-breaking snowstorm. We had snow and ice stretching over two weeks, and 5 days with no school. While much of the city appeared to be grumbling over the snow, I absolutely adore it and I have to say, I am a bit sad to see it go. At our house, the snowstorm was a great opportunity to engage in some snow day STEM activities with our six year old. I posted activities each day to our Facebook page and decided to compile them here as well.

Day One: Seattle is blanketed in snow with more forecasted over the next few days….making a great opportunity for engaging kids in winter related math and science. We started a snow depth graph at our house with our six year old. What ideas do you have for snowy STEM projects? #SnowySTEM

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Day Two: Baking and cooking are great opportunities for learning math skills during snow days. This completely kid-led baking project elicited questions and computational sensemaking focused on measurement and fractions. (Soon to be followed by a kid-led kitchen cleanup project!) #SnowySTEM

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Day Three: Today’s snowy STEM activity was for the birds! First thing this morning, we dumped out the ice and filled our bird bath with water, which was immediately flocked by thirsty robins. Then we made bird treats for our hungry feathered friends, which included a discussion on states of matter. We made a pine cone packed with coconut oil and seeds. Then we made bird cakes with coconut oil, nut butters, and an assortment of goodies (millet, oats, almonds, walnuts, polenta, cranberries, and more). Tomorrow we will set up a full buffet at our Bird Cafe and make window observations of the feathered (and perhaps furry) friends who visit our cafe. #SnowySTEM

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Day Four: Tonight’s snowy STEM activity was an engineering design project that serendipitously developed between my daughter and husband at the grocery store when buying new playdo. Inspired by a small medicine syringe that we use at home for extruding play-do, they wanted something that could make bigger “ice cream” swirls. They considered the problem and various solutions, and worked together on testing iterations on their design. Using a caulk gun, PVC pipe, a wood disc cut with a hole saw, and super glue……they succeed and I was served ice cream sundaes and sandwiches. But we need a name for their invention. My husband thinks “play-do extruder”. Other suggestions? #SnowySTEM

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Day Four Part Two: Tonight’s snowy STEM activity was deliciously focused on sugar chemistry and crystallization. We had more snow fall today in Seattle, school was cancelled, and so we made maple snow candy for dessert. I had never heard of this, but apparently it is a thing in Canada and the NE. We had the fresh snowfall we needed for the snow bed on which we poured maple syrup that we had boiled with ginger to the soft-ball stage. A sprinkle of salt and then we rolled our candy up with popsicle sticks. Yum! #snowySTEM

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Day Five: These snowy (and now slushy) nights are great for lingering in the shower or bath, made all the more fun with age-appropriate bath toys that encourage science play! The shower/bath is a great place for science tools that encourage scooping, pouring, measuring, and mixing. Think pipettes, test tubes, flasks, Petri dishes, and more. Colored water makes it extra fun. We have two squeeze bottles, the Acid one filled with white vinegar and the Base filled with baking soda/water solution for making fizzy solutions. Sometimes we fill containers with dish soap, bath salts, coconut oil, and other interesting ingredients that spark experimentation.

Incorporating science tools in everyday play is a great way to make science accessible to kids of all ages, to engage small motor skills….and in our house…to spark imaginations. There’s a potion lab in our bathroom each evening. Anyone need a fizzy purple flying potion? #SnowySTEM

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