I've seen lots of ideas for indoor snow play online, but this was the first time we've tried it. If you're someone who cringes at the thought of big, messy sensory projects, read on! This is actually a breeze to clean up, and the chicks really got into the whole project.
- A large tray for each child. We found an unused metal roasting tray and the bottom of a plastic 9 x 13 cake carrier in the kitchen cupboards.
- Bowls of very watered-down liquid watercolors.
- Medium and large paintbrushes.
- Small containers of glitter.
- Tools. These included popsicle sticks, spoons, cups, eyedroppers of various sizes, a plastic syringe (medicine dispenser), and some playdough tools.
- Plastic play people (these were an addition made by Bojey).
Here's Bojey mid-play:
One way to gauge the success of a sensory project like this is by looking at how messy and crazy the outcome is. When Ninna walked away from her tray, it looked like this:She thoroughly enjoyed it.
The icing on the cake is that the clean-up for this project is easy, can be entirely done by preschoolers and toddlers, and is actually part of the fun. Each chick took a turn cleaning up her own tray. I brought the trays to the bathroom sink, and the chicks alternated between rinsing off their tools and engaging in the oh-so-satisfying activity of melting snow under warm water. They each happily continued this until everything was rinsed and all the snow was gone.
This project is definitely a keeper. I now realize that snow is a free resource we should be using and repurposing, as ridiculous as that sounds. It's like the backyard is filled with free, easily malleable clay in unlimited amounts.