We can't seem to get snow outside, but I decided we could create a snowstorm in a bag. I traced a snowman onto a large plastic storage bag using a clip art snowman I found online.
Then JDaniel helped me gather materials he thought would make good snow. We ended up with tiny pieces of a foam sheet, paper towel, napkin, tissue and some felt. After weighing them each in his hand, he declared that the napkin was probably the lightest. I thought it would a good idea to try a few pieces of the other materials to see if they moved around in the plastic storage bag.
Once all the little pieces were in the bag, I showed JDaniel how to close all but a tiny area of the bag. He inserted a drinking straw into the bag to begin blowing the pieces. The blowing pieces in the bag would be our snowstorm.
The pieces of white materials flew around so much better with the bag on the table. JDaniel was thrilled. The bag still filled with air and some of the pieces stuck, but the activity worked well this way.
Taking time to play and do a science experiment was such fun. We both really enjoy this preschool activity.
I called it a preschool activity, but I bet older children would enjoy it too. Making a snowstorm in a bag isn't the same as having real snow! Maybe we will still have some if not I will be pulling this bag out and we will play and explore it again.