This has been a week of unexpected lessons for Clara about snow. It started with waking up to snow on Sunday in Redmond at Grandmoo and Grandpa’s house. It was really dry snow, but despite Daddy trying desperately to make a snow man, the best they could do was a pile of snow with a bucket in the middle of it for support and a face made of bark chips. Clara still had a great time stomping around in the snow and throwing it up in the air.
Then I had planned to make snowmen at preschool on Monday. We made these snow globe snowmen, which were a bit hit for the kids, but if I ever decide to do glitter and sequins with five two-year-olds at the same time again, please remind me that I was still finding sequins on the floor five days later!!! The kids really ended up liking all the different steps involved, though and even colored them with markers at the end because they wanted to do more.
We also read some great books this week with snowmen as the theme. Clara’s favorites were Frosty the Snowman by Nelson and Rollins, which of course, has to be sung. Her other favorite was The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler, which is the story of a little girl who is told that she’s too little to do anything all the time but in the end learns that she actually can do something, specifically, make a snowman with the help of her woodland friends.
Finally, our week of snowmen culminated in the ultimate experience. Clara woke up on Tuesday from her nap to three exciting surprises: 1) Daddy had come home early from work, 2) one of her best friends was here while her parents went to an appointment, and 3) there was two inches of snow on the ground and it was like a blizzard outside. We just had to do it. After about twenty minutes of getting two toddler coats, hats, boots, and mittens on, we made it outside. This was the perfect snow to build a snowman with. It packed effortlessly. It held together perfectly even when stacking one huge snowball on top of another. The snowman was a complete success. Clara finally learned all about how to build a snowman. And that snow is delicious!