Winter Science

Melt chocolate for hot cocoa.  Paint on the snow.  Make ice wreaths with berries and pine.   Hibernation, animal footprint ID, snow formation and so much more...Wintertime lends itself to so much cool science, a winter wonderland of fun and exploration.

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Gearing up for winter fun:

 

It’s time to bundle up! Winter really is a fun time to discover winter wonders and experience cold weather through play and exploration. Since it’s never bad weather, only inappropriate clothing when it comes to Nature, we must be sure to dress appropriately for our cold outdoor days. It’s most important to keep your hands and toes warm and dry as those are the most susceptible to cold discomfort. Plastic newspaper/grocery bags can help keep wetness from seeping through boots. Here are some suggestions on layering:

1.  Base Layer: Long underwear; Avoid cotton as it holds moisture and can become heavy and cold if wet; Wool or synthetic materials work well.

2. Middle Insulation Layer: This layer generates heat through friction; Wool sweaters and  fleece are great options; avoid cotton (wet and cold feeling)

3. Outer Layer:  This is the layer that meets Nature full on! Outer coats & snow pants- this shell layer should be waterproof and wind-resistant and have a hood option; Down/fleece-lines ski jackets are excellent choices. Snowsuits are particularly good for kiddos that spend a long duration of time outside because they are warm and water-resistant. .  

Fun Fact: 1/2 our body heat is lost through our heads. Cap it with scarfs and hats. Synthetic or wool are fine.

Keeping our hands warm and dry is essential for maximum winter fun! Old wool socks, with a thumb hole amended and toes cut out, keep the wrists dry and warm. Top with water-resistant gloves for dexterity and warmth. 

Go up a size when buying snow boots so your wool or polyester blend of thick sock can fit in!

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