I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and that you are now happily settling back into the 'normal' routine of school runs, playgroups and classes.
So, first of all here is the lovely little song which I hope you will enjoy singing followed by the games I hope you will enjoy playing.
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Fall from the sky like the sequins on sashes
They tickle my face as they fall from above
They are my favourite thing that I love!
Making star shapes
Snowball fights with friends
Oh zooming along on the sled down the hill
Such fun, let it never end!
Pair up into teams of 2. Each team has to make a snowball. The winners are the team with the biggest snowball. The game ends when the teams can't move their snowball anymore or they run out of snow!! (To make snowballs - first start off making a small snowball by compacting it in your gloves then place it on the ground and roll it around in the snow so that it picks up more snow and therefore gets bigger and bigger!!)
Game no 2:
Basically make piles of snow (at least 3) and ideally place a pyramid of tin cans on top of them - 3 on the bottom, then a row of 2, then 1 at the top. Make a pile of snow to mark the 'base' from which the children should throw from. Now the children just need to take it in turns to knock down the pyramids. The winner is either the child who knocks down the most pyramids or the child who uses the least amount of throws.
Game no 3:
If your children love horses. Make some piles of snow in the garden or park for them to jump over with their imaginary horses!!
Game no 4:
'Throwing the hat'
Make a snowman (see below for a step by step guide and/or tips).
Once you've made your snowman, each choose a hat to throw 'frizbee' style onto the snowman. The winner is the first to get their hat onto the snowman's head!
To make a snowman:
You probably know how to make a snowman however just in case you don't, here is a step by step guide and a few tips:
1. Ideally you will need to make 3 really big snow balls, all varying in sizes - large (1-3 feet high), then a slightly smaller snowball for the snowman's tummy and then an even smaller snowball for the snowman's head. If you don't have much time just make 2 snowballs - one for his tummy and one for his head.
2. To make the snowballs - squash some snow in your gloves to tightly compact the snow so that it slightly melts. The snow will then re-freeze therefore gluing/fusing the snow together. Roll your snowball around in the snow on the ground. As you roll it around it will pick up the snow thus making your snowball bigger and bigger. Once the 'base' snowball is the right size and in the right place, you can pack some snow around on the ground to secure it in place if it's a bit wobbly.
3. Now start making the next snowball for the snowman's tummy. Make the snowball slightly smaller this time using the same technique of rolling it on the ground. When it's the right size place it on top of the first 'base' snowball. You may need to put some loose snow in between the 'base' snowball and the 2nd snowball to secure them together.
3. Make the smallest ball now to make the snowman's head. When it's ready place it on top of the 2nd/middle snowball (the snowman's tummy).
4. If you have a carrot this is ideal for the snowman's nose. You can then use buttons/stones/pebbles or coal for the snowman's eyes and also dot them into a smile underneath the carrot for his cheerful mouth.
5. Find two sticks and push them either side of the 'middle' snowball to make his arms.
6. Place 3 large buttons or stones on his tummy.
7. If you have an old hat and scarf dress up your snowman to make him complete!
Tips for making a snowman if the snow is too fluffy:
1. You can try compacting large amounts of snow together with a shovel. Once you've made a big pile, sculpt it with your gloves to form a large round 'base' snowball for your snowman. You will probably only be able to make two large snowballs - one for his tummy a another smaller one for his head.
2. To make his head - compact another pile of snow with your shovel. It won't be a ball at this stage but you can hopefully lift it onto the 'base' snowball and then gently sculpt it into a ball to form the snowman's head.
3. Now you can follow steps 4-7 (see above) to make the final touches to your snowman.
Have fun singing and playing in the snow!
Lots of love