Yes indeed. Overnight and this morning, we got somewhere between 3-5 inches of snow, and Columbus and the surrounding areas simply weren’t ready for it. It didn’t help that we got rain before the snow, so there was ice involved as well. Many of the schools in the area closed for the day. When I got up to get ready for work, Mr. 7’s school was reporting a delay, not a closure, so I wasn’t prepared, either. It all worked out, though, and it turned out to be a fun day that flew by!
After dropping off Miss 4 at school (her school didn’t close), and letting Mr. 7 watch a couple of extra TV shows as a little treat, we bundled up and went sledding! There’s a local sledding hill just minutes from his house. He went at it for about 45 minutes before being ready to go home. He had a blast, and I was happy that he could burn off some extra energy and enjoy the first snow of the season. We went home and changed into dry clothes. Then Mr. 7 thought of a fun idea! He wanted to create a sledding hill for his little stuffed animals! But he wasn’t sure how. So we brainstormed together and started putting together pillows covered with white blankets, and little plastic containers for sleds. Then it was time for us to pick up Miss 4. We had lunch at Noodles and Co. (love that place!) and I was proud of the kiddos for doing a great job ordering their own food politely and precisely. 🙂
At home, I let them have some independent play (Mr. 7 wanted to show his sister the awesome play snow hill!) before Miss 4 had to go to her room for her nap.
While her sister slept, Mr. 7 played with his stuffed animal sleds some more, made a beautiful shrinky dink pendant for his cousin’s birthday (we’ll create the chain for it tomorrow), and wrote on some leaves for the thankful tree. He got his sister up from her nap, and we had a little snack.
Then it was time for more snow fun! While Mr. 7 had been coloring his shrinky dink, I was researching ideas! We filled water balloons with colored water to put outside. By tomorrow, the water should freeze so that I can cut away the balloon and reveal ice marble thingies
We also painted our snow using water squirter things and more water colored with food coloring. You can use squirt bottles (which are great for strengthening hands), but we only had one, so I went to the summer water fun box and got out the squirters instead! The gel food coloring I used seemed to be more vibrant, but maybe I just used more of it? Also, if you use red, be sure to let parents/spouses/family visitors that nothing died a horrible death in the snow. It’s just food coloring. 🙂
And who says that sand box toys are just for summer? I took out shovels, molds, etc from the beach/sand box supplies and let them just have fun! And they did! They were busy little bees, going around and using their hands and shovels to clear the snow off of chairs, a table, and the swing set!
I’ll post more fun snow ideas that I found later. Maybe after thanksgiving, when snow usually comes. 😛