1. The heavy work of rolling those mammoth balls of snow for the snowmen. Be sure to have 2 crunchy carrots on hand - one for the nose, and one for your oral seeker.
2. That jarring impact of falling backwards - or jumping straight into - a big, soft pile of snow. There is no simpler, or more satisfying sensation for wee seekers.
3. For tactile and fine motor work, heavily tint a few inexpensive squirt bottles with food colouring, and let your kids make paintings in the snow. While you’re there, add some more squeezing-sensory work with this snowball maker (a great stocking stuffer).
4. Oral seekers can get the cold, sweet treat of home-made ice cream using snow from their own backyard (be sure to choose fresh, clean snow):
Into 1 gallon of fresh, clean snow add 1 cup of white sugar, 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract (or more to taste). Then add just enough milk (or rice milk) to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately in bowls or cones.
5. No two snowflakes are alike, and to prove this to your kids, you can catch snowflakes and save them long enough for viewing, by using black or navy blue velvet (easily purchased at a fabric store, or use a piece of clothing if you have velvety skirts, shirts or dresses). On a day when the big, fluffy flakes are falling, head out with your velvet and allow the snowflakes to land on the fabric. The flakes will rest happily on the velvet, and won’t melt while your kids search in vain for twins. I think there is a poetic analogy offered to us, in the one-of-a-kind beauty of each unique snowflake. Use that analogy to open up a discussion with your kids about what makes them uniquely beautiful.
If your kids are particularly bothered by getting dressed up for the outdoors, find ways to make activities more enjoyable. If mitts are irritating their hands, make the snowman in 3 days (one ball per day) instead of one. Let your child jump and fall into the snow 6 times without wearing any snow pants or hat, and change into warm, dry clothing when you come in. Choose a warm-ish day with no wind for the water bottle spraying – so your kids can enjoy squeezing the triggers mitt-less.