We have just had our second snowstorm of the year here in Maine. It is around this time every year that I share some educational activities that you and your students can do in the snow. Some of these activities have connections with math and physics concepts.
NOVA, as a part of their program on Denali, has directions for building a snow cave and directions for building an Igloo.
Boys' Life offers a list of outdoor winter games as well as directions for building igloos and snow shelters.
Making your own snowshoes is an activity that can be done indoors with the final product enjoyed outdoors. Mother Earth News offers directions for making your own snowshoes. How Cast has video directions for making an emergency pair of snowshoes.
In the video below BBC Survival Expert Ray Mears teaches viewers how to make an igloo and what igloos were traditionally used for.
When I was about seven or eight I was given a copy of The American Boy's Handy Book. The book is filled with fun hands-on indoor and outdoor activities including an entire section devoted to snow forts and other snow-related activities. When my daughters are a little older, we'll use my copy of the book to find snow day activities.
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