Monday, 14 January 2013

Snow Fun

Today saw the first snow of 2013.  In our house it felt like the opening scenes to the snowman, Reuben looking at his cereal and then looking out of the window. After a few mouthfuls he gave up and got togged up and went outside. There the comparison with the snowman ends, about 10 minutes later he was back inside!
 Jemima persevered...

 Jemima with her snowdog.

 We brought snow inside and set up the toy penguins to create Antarctica.
Antarctica lies at the bottom of the world. It has no native people. 
Antarctica is the coldest continent on the planet.

 Antarctica recreated in the middle of the table,we began reading about the explorations. The children got 'Polar explorers for kids' for Christmas. It's from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, and I had decided we'd start using it when it snowed.

 Portrait of Captain James Cook, by John Webber
 We've read about the first explorer to get close to Antartica, James Cook.
Which gives us a great excuse to visit Whitby again!
(Beccy cheers, everyone else groans.)
James cook's training as a seaman began in Whitby, and there is now a memorial museum in the house that Cook lodged at when not at sea.

 Penguins do not live at the Arctic at all, 
but Antarctica is home to seven different kinds:
emperors, chinstraps, macaronis, gentoos, rockhoppers, kings and adelies.

 Poor sad penguin dad, guarding over his dead penguin wife's body.
Don't worry, it's only red food colouring.

 For the first time in ages we stayed out in the garden 
until it started getting dark.

 Outside the Summer house the girls were busy...

 making ice-cream.

Over the years we are refining the recipe.
Collect a bowl of fresh clean snow.
Add hot chocolate powder, a drop of milk (cream if you have it) and
a couple of teaspoons of icing sugar.
Mix well.
Enjoy x


  1. Wow! looks like a great day! I have just posted my blog about the snow... not that we had much, but we did bring some inside as well and really enjoyed what little had fallen! Love the educational conversations this has raised in your kids. We have been having a lot of conversations about baby penguins this winter and how daddy looks after them. We will have to give your snow cone recipe a good go as well if we get any more snow!

  2. Looks really fun. Very creative!

  3. Looks like Mima had lots of fun! The book looks great too, not seen it before but looks like perfect timing :)

  4. What a lovely post. I love the snow playing out till late and the original ice cream. Popping over from Mom's library link up and would love you to join Country Kids with me too. A great post.

  5. We have been dying for some snow. I may have to make a sensory activity with penguins like you did so we can play in the snow.

    I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.

  6. Oh how fun! We got our first snow of 2013 today too, I am going to have to try your recipe! My kids were less than impressed with snow, it was kind of a let down, I was so excited to introduce it to them, my son even said "Eww gross"!

  7. So fun! We will need to try that recipe! Thanks for linking up at Share It Saturday!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

  8. I love your blog title. :)

    I'm a new follower from Thumping Thursdays. Have a good week!


  9. Interesting snowy icecream recipe! I bet it is yum. We don't have snow near us, it is quite a drive to get there, hoping I remember it when we go back. I learnt something about James Cook, and penguins too I didn't know with that post :D

  10. aww great snow dog! Your yard looks magical!

  11. very cool blog round up. wish we'd had the ice cream recipe at the weekened!

  12. What an awesome activity for learning about Antarctica!

  13. I love that shot of the beautiful evening sky. What colour!



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