Why Is Small World Snow Play so Valuable?
Children love playing in the snow but sadly it often doesn’t hang around for long and all we’re left with is dirty slush. A small world snow play scene can help children explore the fun and magic of snow play again and again and again.
There are also so many wonderful words surrounding snow but little time when real snow is actually around to make those words meaningful.
Here are just a few of the words we came up with in a quick 2 minute snow word blast:
snow, snow-flake, sleet, slush, flurry, blizzard, snowstorm, ice, frost, Jack Frost, icicle, freezing, chilly, cold, shiver, tremble, chilblains, insulate, thermal, snowball, snowball fight,snowman, toboggan, sledge, ski, slip, slide, melt, drip, rock salt, igloo, hibernation.
As you can see there are so many wonderful words for children to enjoy and I’m sure you’ll be able to think of lots more. A small world play scene makes it possible to revisit these words many times in a fun and interactive way and helps children understand and explore new concepts.
This Snow scene took just 20 minutes to make. The children loved sticking on the snow and have played with it with playmobil and also with their toy animals and then the both together; that led to poor little ski girl getting eaten by a polar bear but that’s another story!
Hours of creative and imaginative fun for very little cost. Here’s how we did it…
You Will Need
A small lump of plasticine,
Cotton wool or buffalo snow
A piece of white fabric (we used a felt sheet from the pound shop but anything white would do, an old t-shirt or tea towel for example.
Glue (We used UHU but PVA would work just as well)
Optional – glitter.
A base of some sort. We used a tray, a piece of thick cardboard or baking tray would work well too.
- Put each stick into a lump of plasticine to hold it upright.
- Glue along the top of the branches and stick on small pieces of cotton wool or buffalo snow and allow to dry.
- When dry spread out the white fabric on to the base and mark where you want the trees to go.
- Make a small hole for each tree and disconnect it from its plasticine base to pop it through the hole. Stick it back into the plasticine and push the plasticine firmly onto the base.
- Break up bits of cotton wool or buffalo snow to add hills, snowdrifts or even snowmen.
- Slightly moisten your fingers to roll up little balls of cotton wool to make snowballs.
- Add a sprinkling of glitter if you choose.
- Get out your figures and animals and enjoy a winter scene for them to adventure in.
This activity supports Understanding The World , Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language: in the EYFS Early Learning Goals.