This morning, Pud made it clear that staying home and being with Mama all day was exactly what he wanted. He has had a lot of fun playing with his friends everyday this week- two of those days without me around- and I think he was just feeling disconnected. So we called off plans for the day and settled in for a day at home together.
It happens that there was a small amount of snow this morning, but not enough to play in by any means. Plus, going out in it would require putting on warm clothes and he was happy to stay in his pajamas. That might have been his subtle way of ensuring we actually stayed home; I wouldn’t put it past him.
While browsing Pinterest a week or so ago, I found a fun recipe for fake snow and had stocked up on the ingredients (ahem- 2 boxes of baking soda and cheap hair conditioner- that’s it. Really!). Today was the perfect day to play, so I got out our new floor splat mat from SugarBooger that we won from The Mommy Nest, the lasagna pan, measuring cups, a couple of beans for snowman face parts, a couple of toys, and the snow ingredients. Pud helped measure out the 3 cups of baking soda and the 1/2 cup of conditioner and poured them into the pan. We used his play dough spatula to help mix it (during play, it became a snow shovel), though we ended up just mixing it with our hands.
This stuff is magic! Cold like snow, but not cold enough to cause frostbite. Powdery like snow, but packs just well enough to manage a few small snow balls and to be moldable. It must have felt good to him, because I left the room for just a minute and returned to find him in the lasagna pan with “snow” all over him.
He had a lot of fun and we have a cheap (less than $3) sensory idea to pull out again another time. Just so you know, we read Sadie and the Snowman and The Snowy Day, so if you want to tie in this activity to literature, there’s 2 recommendations. I’d also have read Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, too, but we don’t own it and haven’t been to the library to check it out lately. It’s definitely on our to-do list.
Thanks to Momma’s Fun World for the snow recipe and idea!