We just got back from an exhausting, but very fun trip to Antarctica.
We even captured some incredible penguin pictures. Don't you like that little guy above?
Well... we didn't actually go to Antarctica, but we did recreate it in our kitchen!
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We had a pile of penguin books we've been reading and thought it would be fun to add in a little sensory play.
After seeing all the fun that Mama Smiles had by bringing the snow indoors, I knew we had to try it sometime! This was the perfect opportunity.
I took a couple of bowls and froze some water in them, then went outside and gathered some of the (quickly melting) snow we had outside.
I grabbed some toys from our water table and a cookie sheet and set up this cute little snowy scene.
Yes, I do realize that polar bears and penguins don't actually live on the same continent... but we did need a few more animals to play with than that one lonely penguin!
The girls had a blast.
They played, made snowballs, tasted the snow, and played some more.
All the while, I read a couple of our books from the penguin pile.
One of the books we read was The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins, which I highly recommend. It is a nonfiction choice, which tells the story about how the male penguins guard the eggs until they hatch. The author did an amazing job relaying the facts in a storytelling mode that had my girls hooked from the first page.
We had a lot of fun playing with our little Antarctica play scene. While it's a whole lot of fun to play outside in the snow, it was also a lot of fun to bring it indoors!
Have you ever brought snow inside?