What would you do?

9 Jan

What would you do if it was too cold to go out, and you were stuck inside with 20 preschoolers who wanted to play in the snow?

Would you be brave enough to fill a tactile tub (holds about 8 gallons of water) with snow?  Would you provide small shovels, buckets and mittens so the children could play in that snow? 

We were feeling brave, so we did just that.  Both the morning and afternoon classes enjoyed the indoor snow experience.  We only had a couple of snowballs thrown in the afternoon class, but swift reminders brought that behavior to an end. 

For the most part, they played with it correctly.  In fact, the children made mini snowmen, snowforts, and one student even made a flower pot, using the shovel as the flower. 

During the morning session, right before snack, a little one asked “what happened to the snow?”  So we had an opportunity to look at the melted snow, and talk a little bit about the weather.  We also had an opportunity to show our little friends why we don’t eat the snow from our playyard, with the grit and the not-so-clear water in the bottom of the tub. 

One child played in the snow for almost 15 minutes in the afternoon.  He was fascinated with it.  I’m wondering if this is his first snow experience.  I’ll have to remember to ask one of his parents.

So, that was my Friday.  A little nuttier than usual, but I’m blaming it on the weather and the full moon.

Mrs. V

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4 Responses to “What would you do?”

  1. kiri8 January 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    That sounds like a great idea. I think I’ll have to do that next week, when the temps get reallllly cold.

  2. RC January 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    This sounds like what I have done for Little Dude, too. With some of the sicknesses he’s picked-up and the temperatures being too cold on other days, we haven’t gotten outside to enjoy all the snow as much as we’ve wanted to, so the snow magically comes in to play on his tray.

    Granted, one child vs. many, but between Supercat and Little Dude (Supercat loves to chase mini-snowballs across the kitchen floor), I usually have a nice wet mess to clean up.

    Glad you were able to make it work today.

  3. Julie January 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    You sound like SUCH a good teacher!!!!

  4. Mr Geek January 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    Chance would be a fine thing. We have not even had a hint of snow so far this year … and I really want to go sledging!

    Glad your kiddies got to have fun though 🙂

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