Fun with snow – sensory tub!

We know our friends in the northern hemisphere are in the middle of winter, so we thought we would post a “fun with snow” inspired activity. I have only been to the snow twice and both times the snow was really hard! Not like in the movies where it looks really soft and fluffy. I got hit with a snowball and it kind of hurt…it’s okay I survived. My children have never seen snow in real life, only really intense hail…but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count! We have driven passed snow (on a mountain) but have never experienced the joy of playing outdoors in it together as a family.

Which got me thinking…just because you don’t live near snow doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. I started by scouring the internet and pinterest for snowy ideas. The one activity that really stood out and one that I knew my little one would really enjoy was creating a snow inspired sensory tub. Sensory tubs are a fantastic idea, and usually the simplest ideas are the best! I set about collecting the supplies including a large container/bowl, shaving cream for the snowy base and a few favourite plastic toys that could be hidden in the foam to be curiously discovered (I also made sure they could easily be cleaned). I filled the base of the container with shaving cream and then hid the toys in the foam, I included a few frozen ice cubes, to teach the association of snow being cold. It worked a treat! The biggest challenge was making sure none of the shaving cream was eaten! The great thing about this activity is how easily it can be adapted and can usually be made with household items you already have on hand, regardless of where you live, near snow or not. You could make a beach inspired sensory tub with sand and shells, or a farm inspired sensory tub with gravel and toy animals. The idea is to get stuck in, get hands on and a whole lot of messy!
Maybe we should make a trip to the snow this winter?! What snow activities do you enjoy with your family? What would be your #1 “must do” with your little ones in tow…in the snow?

About the author:

Casey is a mother of a highly opinionated 8 year old daughter and a gorgeous but clingy 10 month old boy. I have enough buggy pushing, nappy changing, tantrum throwing, parent wins (and some fails) experience behind me to write a book and make a movie! I am all about the blogging life and sharing the parental journey from the mad world of phil&teds. Let's navigate this journey together! I would love to hear your thoughts and tips so feel free to leave a comment or flick through an email to social@philandteds.com.