R was 17 months old at the time of this activity
Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons – Gail Gibbons writes many informative books on scientific topics and this is another great one! R liked to point at different pictures and would say stuff to me in her baby talk. I would name the object she was pointing at for her.
1. A Cup of Rain
I used two simple ingredients to make the snow! I used one box (4 lbs) of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda from my fridge and slowly added vegetable oil to it until the baking soda started holding form. I then stored it in the fridge until R was ready to play with it. I gave her an ice cream scoop and rubber spatula to explore with and promote motor skills. She loved scooping the snow from one bowl to the other and squishing it between her fingers! After the child is done playing, store the snow in a ziplock bag to use again and again!
a. Encourage Imaginative Play. Set up an ice shop with the child. Ask the child the following open-ended question: What do you need to start an ice cream shop? Have him/her add appropriate items and then use the snow as a part of the ice cream store.
b. Develop Literacy and Numeracy Skills. With the ice cream shop, encourage the child to label different flavours of ice cream with their names and add a price as well. Continue reading