5 Fun Things to do with Kids this Winter
It's too cold to play outside, and the kids are bored!! What to do? Try these five indoor activities. They are sure to keep the kids entertained on a cold winter day when they're all cooped up.
START A SNOWSTORM INSIDE A JAR
Create your very own snowstorm inside a jar! For this easy science experiment, kids will learn about winter weather. Then, they will make their very own blizzard!
This simple science project is ideal for children ages 4 and older with adult supervision. This weather experiment takes about 15 minutes. For this project, you will need a jar, white paint, baby oil, glitter, Alka Seltzer, water, a bowl (or a cup) and a spoon.
BUILD A MARSHMALLOW IGLOO
Have a sugary good time making a marshmallow igloo!! In this easy DIY tutorial, you will learn about igloos and how to make a marshmallow igloo!
This igloo craft is ideal for children ages 4 and older with adult supervision. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Before getting started on this simple igloo, make sure you have a butter knife, frosting, plate, two Styrofoam cups, scissors and mini marshmallows.
MAKE GLACIER GAK
Learn all about glaciers and how to make glacier gak, which moves like a glacier, in this science video for kids! Gak is a lot like slime, and just as fun! When you’re all done, you can store your gak to play with later. It will last for weeks!
This science project is great for children ages 4 and older with adult supervision, and it takes about 20 minutes to complete.
WARNING: This science experiment involves HOT water, which an ADULT should handle! Children should NOT carry or pour the hot water!
For this DIY gak recipe, you will need school glue, white and blue glitter, blue food coloring, Borax, a measuring cup, teaspoons, a bowl and a mixing spoon.
CREATE BORAX CRYSTAL SNOWFLAKES
It's sure magical when the snow falls, covering the world in white! Recreate some of that magic inside by making these one-of-a-kind snowflakes! In this easy DIY tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a Borax snowflake! This sparkly snowflake looks great displayed in the window!
This science experiment is great for children ages 6 and older with adult supervision. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete, but the pipe-cleaner snowflakes will then need to soak in the borax solution overnight to crystalize. WARNING: This project involves HOT water, which an ADULT should handle! Children should not carry or pour the hot water!
Before getting started on this snowflake craft, make sure you have a measuring cup, scissors, string, skewers, pipe cleaners, Borax and a glass or jar.
DISCOVER HOW SEALS STAY WARM WITH BLUBBER EXPERIMENT
Ever wonder how seals stay warm in icy water? Try this blubber science experiment to find out! This is a great winter science experiment that shows how a thick layer of fat helps keep arctic animals like seals warm in cold temperatures.
For this blubber experiment, you will need shortening, a bowl, ice cubes, cold water, disposable gloves and a plastic bag. This easy science experiment is perfect for kids ages 3 and older with adult supervision. It takes about 15 minutes.
Start by having kids place their hands in a bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water. They will discover that the water is freezing! There might be lots of shouting "OUCH!" "BRRR!" and "IT'S TOO COLD" involved.
Then, have them put on the rubber glove and cover their hand in shortening, which will act as an insulator or like blubber. Wrap a plastic bag around their shortening-covered hand and then have them place it back into that same icy cold water. They will discover that their hand is nice and warm! This is what the water feels like to a seal who has blubber to insulate it from the cold. Pretty neat!