As the snow fell down in mid-April, we decided to take advantage and make snow sculptures. Before we got started, I prompted the children with a question: If we built a big huge snowball, could you guess how tall it is? As they started to build, the children made their guess on how tall they thought they were and then we took out the meter stick to allow the children to see if we were right about their predictions.
In the process of creating our sculptures, we observed that the children ended up splitting into two different groups to build their snow sculptures. One group was called Team Raelien because she was helping them, and the other had Leah helping so they called themselves Team Leah. The children decided to see what team could get the tallest tower in only five minutes! While we were measuring to see what team had the tallest tower, the children measured team Raelien to have the tallest tower, but then also decided that team Leah had the creepiest. All the children worked well together on both teams while building each sculpture, I overheard the children discuss how they would place each snowballs on the sculpture so that they didn't fall. One child suggested that they needed to pile up the snow on one side so that it didn't fall over! Both teams decided to take this one step further by adding some life to their sculpture. Meet our new friend Remi below!
The children expressed that they were happy with the end result of their sculptures, especially when adding some colour to their design! One of the sculptures was made into a Pokémon and the child was excited to describe in the video exactly how they did it, and what exactly the Pokémon was called.
Some children in our other cohort went in a different direction with this activity, they used the colour to add graffiti art within the forest and here are a few designs they did with food colouring.
In conclusion, the children had a blast playing in the snow while creating their snow sculptures and graffiti art. It was great to see the children have so much fun working together and sharing their ideas, but the fun didn't stop there! The next day, the children buried one of the educators in the snow and each other as you can see in the last two pictures. Snow in April? No problem, we will still have fun!