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So you have stocked up on bread and milk, prepared for the possibility of a power outage, and have located your snow shovel.  You are ready for this year's “Snowmageddon”!  But once those flakes start to fall, the excitement builds and your child anxiously awaits a chance to play in the snow.  Here are some fun activities to encourage learning and family fun out there.

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1.        Build a snow man.  Big or small, they are all fun!  But, don’t be afraid to let your creative side out!  Snow castles are fun, too!  Break out your sand buckets, cups, pots, pans, or any containers.  Your toddler will have fun filling and packing the snow into the container.  Flip it over and talk about the shapes. 

2.       Use nature!  Find small pieces of nature to embellish your creations and to make marks in the snow. 

3.       Snow dance!  Look at the patterns your dance makes in the snow.

4.       Mix some food coloring with water and let the artist emerge.  I like putting it into spray bottles and letting the kids spray away.  Water guns are also fun.  The “paint” can be used to accent snow creatures or paint the snow like a canvas. 

5.       Go sledding! 

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6.       Play hide and seek with toys in the snow.

7.       If your toddler is too young to go outside, put some snow in pots or buckets and put in the bathtub with them.  The same fun with less mess!

8.       Dump, load, and drive toy vehicles in the snow.  Make a snow maze or snow city.

9.       Whip up some snow cones or snow cream.  Add your favorite juice.

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10.   The fun doesn't have stop when you are back inside.  There is no better time to curl up with your favorite book and cuddle with your little one. 

The most important thing to remember is to have fun!  No matter what you do, you are building memories with your child!

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Mark your calendars to come play with us!

The Parent Education – Infant Development program and the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Fredericksburg location invite you to come and play with us at the “Special Night for Special Needs”.  This event will be held this February 5, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  This event is FREE for children with special needs, ages birth to 10 years of age, and their families!  You will have full access to all of the museum’s activities, a performance by the Rappahannock Kids on the Block, and a special story time.  The staff of the PEID program will be there to help children and families access the activities.  No need to RSVP, just show up!  If you have any questions, please feel free to call (540) 372-3561.  Funding for this activity is provided by the Anne Felder Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region.  We look forward to seeing you!

Final thoughts:  If you have concerns or questions about your child’s development, we can help!  Remember, Babies Can’t Wait!  Contact the Parent Education –Infant Development Program of the RACSB:  Check us out on Facebook or online at  http://www.racsb.state.va.us/

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Join my blog to find early childhood developmental tips, tidbits, strategies, and activities to support children and families.   As a mother of multiple sons (18, 14, 8, 6, and 3), I know that life can be hectic, so all strategies and activities can fit in the context of daily routines and places families typically go.

I am enthusiastic about supporting families who have concerns about their child’s development and helping connect them to desired resources.

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