Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Varying the activity also targets different parts of their experience of the materials you are using. The plain snow was interesting in itself and we talked about how it felt, and looked and tasted. Adding the food colouring and flavouring added new descriptive language and ideas for play. Building snow castles was Ollie's idea and developed on from the sand castles he spends all day making at nursery. Finally bringing in the cars stimulated more imaginative play, rather than the sensory exploration we had been focusing on. By looking at how his cars fared when driven over the snow, we talked about the difference the size of the wheels made, and what happened when we compacted the snow into an icy road. In total the activity lasted half an hour, with very minimal clean up time (Ollie even enjoyed drying the floor with an old towel). It could have stretched even further, but as Ollie already had a cold I thought that thirty minutes of playing with a cold material was enough, and followed up with his favourite 'warm hot chocolate milk' (half and half milk and hot water, with a quarter of a teaspoon of chocolate milkshake powder in it).