Category Archives: Snowflakes

Make your own Snow!

We have been getting LOTS of snow here in the midwest and I am done with winter!  We’ve had more snow days this year than we have in the last 20 years!  I think we are up to 8 days that we have missed (which isn’t a lot for some of you, but we NEVER cancel school, so this is a big deal!).  We’ve also had many 2 hour delays which throws our schedule off.  The 2 hour delays were because of the below zero weather–which means, even though the fluffy white stuff is outside, we can’t play in it–its just too cold!

So…my 9 year old and I got creative, searched Pinterest, and found a way to make indoor snow!

We used 2 ingredients…baking soda and shaving cream.  There’s no particular recipe to follow, but we used about 1 cup of shaving cream to 1/2 a box of baking soda.


Building a snowman!IMG_6825


This snow even feels cold to the touch and packs really well!IMG_6827

He added some LEGO arms! 🙂IMG_6828

And made a snow hill for his LEGO mini-figure to climb!IMG_6829

Even LEGO’s have fun playing in the snow!IMG_6830

So when you’re stuck indoors, go have some snow day fun inside!

Kristen 🙂

Catching Snowflakes

We’ve had more snow here this winter than I can remember having in my entire life of living in Indiana! We’ve almost had more snow than the Blizzard of ’78, a few more inches and we will beat it!

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Even though I’ve lived here for over 35 years, I still can’t like the snow.  At all. I don’t like driving in it even a little.  So thankful that my hubby is nice enough to drive me to school. 🙂

I decided to take advantage of one day last week to get outside for 10 minutes and have my kids catch some snowflakes.

We tied it into our Community Helpers unit by studying Weathermen/women and Meteorologists.  We read Snowflake Bentley and sorted different pictures of snowflakes to notice anything that was the same/different.  Then we went outside to catch some…


The secret to catching them and watching them for a longer time is to put your black papers in the freezer for a couple of hours beforehand so they are nice and cold.IMG_1510They loved it!

When we came back inside, we compared what we saw outside with the photographs and then wrote about how they were the same/different in our Science Notebooks.

Kristen 🙂

Spring Break

Hi Everyone!

We’re enjoying our Spring Break so far and this year, it’s truly going to be Spring like weather!! 🙂 80’s by Friday! 🙂

I don’t have much in the way of new things to share with you, I’ve been working on making some new cards in my free vacation time and you can check them out here.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of them or becoming a Stampin Up! demonstrator and earn some easy extra money…shoot me an e-mail and let me know, or if you would like to purchase some of your own materials or a kit with pre-cut materials, contact me at!!

Today we took a trip to the zoo and saw the most adorable baby goats…they were born yesterday (March 29th).  Two mommies gave birth and they each had 1 girl and 2 boys, so triplets for both!

I think I need a Meerkat as a pet!! 🙂

Dog Sharks you can pet in the tank…not for me! 🙂

I received some more books from the last grant I posted on

Kristen 🙂

The Winter Olympics

Will you be teaching about the Winter Olympics?  We will be!!  All day my team brainstormed ideas; we wanted to do outdoor Olympics, indoor Olympics, and we just kept getting crazier and crazier!! Finally, as I was talking with my assistant, we both had this idea to bring our Wii’s to school in a few weeks and have the kids try their hands at skiiing, curling, ice skating, and the Penguin Ice Berg game (love it even though it frustrates me to no end!!).  We thought this would be a great way to tie our theme of Healthy Bodies together with the Olympics.

We will also be sharing information about Canada and track the journey of the torch across the world.  In addition, as fate would have it, we started reading Magic Tree House #16 today: Hour of the Olympics, so we will be talking about the differences between the Olympics now and in Ancient Greece.  We will also compare the sports in the Winter events to those in the Spring Olympic Games and those in the Para-Olympics.  I will also be completing an ABC Time chart to assess what the children are learning and what interests them about the Olympics.

Do you have any ideas??  Share them here (post them in the comments below).  I’ll pick 3 random posters to receive a copy of my Farmer’s Market Snowflake theme.  You have until Monday, February 15th to post your comment! 🙂

Kristen 😉

Snowflakes #2

Here are some pictures that show how we have been learning about snowflakes this week:

They should be pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, let me know!

More pictures of this week’s ideas coming on Friday!

Also, good news… I was able to get my Farmer’s Market Snowflakes paperwork rescued off my crashed computer so I can now offer the e-mail option in my Kristen’s Kindergarten store.

Kristen 🙂


Have you ever done a lesson on snowflakes with your students?  A hands-on, inquiry based lesson?  At our last district Kindergarten meeting, I shared some ideas I read about in the December 2009 issue of Science & Children magazine and added some of my own!

My students will be learning about snowflakes for at least 2 weeks beginning when we return to school on Monday!  I have lots of ideas planned and have typed them all up into a document that includes a LWS planning sheet, the 5E model grid, and a list of other ideas for using snowflakes in your classroom.  I have it posted for sale on my Kristen’s Kindergarten Store blog.  At this point I am only able to send paper copies (my desktop computer crashed…bummer) and the cost is $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping.  For more information, you can click the link above! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

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