I remember as a child walking home from school on cold winter days in our little town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho watching huge snowflakes fall from a crisp white sky. I would slowly meander and frequently stop to look skyward, catching flakes on my tongue and blinking away flakes that landed on my lashes.
As I type, it has begun to swirl outdoors, promising several inches. Inside we watch and wait. We are waiting for the afternoon when there will be several inches and we will break out the snowpants and sleds and the special dark cloth. Yes, you read right. The Special Dark Cloth.
I keep an 8 inches by 11 inches cloth swatch specifically for snowy days so we can catch snowflakes and see them up close. All you have to do is pick a dark fabric, we use navy blue cotton, and a piece of cardboard to set the cloth on so it will stay flat. Five minutes before you go out, set the cloth outside so it can reach the outdoor temperature, otherwise the flakes will melt when they hit the cloth.
Once you are ready to go out let you little ones hold the cloth on the cardboard letting snow fall on the cloth. After 30 seconds, go under shelter and look up close. Among the clumps of flakes, you should see some individual snow crystals.
|A wonderful books to learn about snowflakes and see them up close.|
May you have time this week to enjoy nature and the beauty it holds.