As the temperatures slip below freezing a world of possibilities for snow and ice nature study opens up. I know it seems that nature is dormant and that there is not much going on but that is where you would be wrong.
We have had some wonderful winter nature adventures over the years. We’ve admired frozen spider webs; forced twigs; looked at how birds survive in cold weather and studied the winter skies. We’ve even done a winter beach study, winter storms tend to wash up all sorts of interesting things onto the shore.
The most obvious study and our personal favourite is a study on snow and ice. There are some marvellous discoveries to be made as you wrap up warm and brave the wintery weather. Using NaturExplorers Snow and Ice Study is a fabulous tool to guide you through your winter nature studies. As you venture outside you will see this wintery world with new eyes, eyes that will see the beauty and delicate forms created by frost, snow and ice and understand the science behind it all. It’s breath-taking to study a single snowflake, each one unique, not one snowflake the same as another.
This study is packed with literature links, experiments, craft activities and writing and research suggestions.
- Grow crystal candy
- Make a snow gauge
- sew a winter landscape
- Make ice sculptures
- Experiment with macro photography
- Catch snowflakes and observe them under a magnifying glass
- Read about Snowflake Bentley
- Capture animal tracks
- Make a crystal snowflake
- Conduct experiments – many suggestions
This is just a very small sampling of the many snow and ice learning activities, there really is something for everyone in this curriculum. This 64-page study includes 14 notebooking pages for your children to record their nature observations. You can grab your downloadable copy of NaturExplorers: Snow and Ice from Our Journey Westward for $12.00, a bargain for all the ideas included.
There are some amazing learning opportunities for you to enjoy this winter, so grab your coats, pull on your mittens and get outdoors and discover the wonders of snow and ice.