Snow Fun in the New Year!

Happy New Year, Everyone!  And how lucky are we to not only finally get some snow, but to get some marvelously fluffy snow, and to have a gloriously sunny day today in which to enjoy it during one of our Winter Break Programs:  Snow Fun!

Designed for children ages 7 to 10, we had plans to do all sorts of fun outdoor stuff in the snow.

First, we made snow angels.

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And then we gathered some natural objects to freeze into sun catchers.

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Next, we wanted to see what would happen when one blew soap bubbles when the temperature was below freezing.  Would they freeze?

DSC_0257The ones we blew into the air didn’t…not really.  Most dropped right to the ground; some caught an updraft and blew away.  When they popped, there was a brief shower of frozen suds.  But Bailey discovered that if you blew them right onto the snow, they would freeze:

DSC_0280Soon our hands were frozen from all the soap bubble solution, so it was time to go inside to defrost a little bit and start to make our Snow Ice Cream!

We started with about 8 cups of fresh snow, added 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup milk and 2 tablespoons vanilla.

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Stir stir stir, and then add about 2 more cups of fresh snow.  Stir some more.

DSC_0293You will end up with very soft ice cream.

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It met with our chefs’ approval.

DSC_0298 DSC_0299Next we had to check our sun catchers – were they frozen yet?  Good enough!

DSC_0300 DSC_0301 DSC_0305And we wrapped up the afternoon with some hot cocoa and Bird TV.

DSC_0313It was a good day.

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About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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2 Responses to Snow Fun in the New Year!

  1. Looks like a really fun day! It’s great to get kids away from the TV and video games and get them having fun outdoors. Our future naturalists!

  2. rodmalloy says:

    The Snow Cream was yummy and the frozen bubbles a great new experience!

    So Snow Fun.

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