After a relatively mild winter thus far, the snow finally decided to grace us with its white, powdery, cold perfection and schools have been closed all week. What do you do with a restless child when you’ve got oodles of time and plenty of fresh snow? Make snow scream, of course! My daughter couldn’t have been more excited to finally see the world outside covered in a layer of fresh snow. Ever since watching the Little Bear episode “Snowbound” she has been asking to make Snow Cream just like Granny and Little Bear and now that we actually have clean snow on the ground, we were finally able to give it a try.
In the episode, Little Bear and his family are snowed in at Emily’s Granny’s cottage for the night. Granny asks Little Bear to help her make a special dessert. Granny says,
"We take a bowl, an ordinary, empty bowl, fill it full of snow, add a few magic ingredients…
a little cream…and some honey and repeat after me:
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.”
Little Bear mixes the concoction together as they all repeat the poem and magically it becomes ice cream! Amazing!
My daughter absolutely loves this episode. I cannot tell you the number of times we have watched it nor how often we have recited the poem. Of course, after watching it the first time we just had to know if Snow Cream is a real thing and if we could make it ourselves. Turns out there are several recipes out there and they are all pretty simple.
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Before bundling up to go out and collect snow we got our supplies together:
Once we had everything gathered, we bundled up in our winter gear and headed outside to find some clean snow. My daughter used the large measuring cup to scoop up the snow and fill her bowl.
We weren't quite sure how much snow it would take to make our snow cream, so we just filled our bowl and measuring cup and brought it all inside. After peeling out of our winter gear we got busy with measuring and mixing.
Making snow cream is not an exact science. We ended up using approximately eight cups of snow, the whole can of sweetened condensed milk and a few drops of vanilla in ours and really enjoyed the flavor. It does not come out creamy like traditional ice cream, or at least ours didn't. It was more icy and extremely cold, but quite tasty. I believe we can thank the subzero, arctic temperatures for the icy consistency. We also gave Granny's recipe with honey and cream a try, but found that the honey didn't mix in well and the taste wasn't really to our liking. Don't be afraid to experiment a little like adding chocolate syrup, caramel, strawberry, lemon or other flavors to find your favorite combinations. The flavor possibilities when making ice cream out of snow are truly endless. Allow each member of the family to have their own bowl to mix up their own unique flavor.
We followed up our adventures in making snow cream by enjoying some picture books all about snow and winter. Is there any better way to round out a cold afternoon than snuggling up with your little one and a good book?! Below is a list of the snowy related picture books we had on hand in our home library.
For more winter related picture books take a look at our previous blog Picture Books for Wintry Weather.
Happy creating and reading!
-Kate @ BTBL
We are three generations that seek a way to get back to basics. It’s not that we eschew technology, but sometimes simpler is better especially in raising our children. Mom was a reading teacher, Amanda is an early childhood educator and Kate a children’s literature specialist and former school librarian along with the latest editions, a daughter for Kate (now 3) and a son for Amanda (now 1.) We advocate reading aloud, the simple toys that use imagination and encourage creativity and learning in the kitchen, which can be a fun mess but also teaches life skills. Join us in raising healthy, happy, inquisitive and intelligent children.
It’s National Pie Day giving you a wonderful reason to indulge in a yummy pie! Not that anyone really needs a reason to enjoy some pie. In honor of the day, for those of you in Michigan, Grand Traverse Pie Company is celebrating by offering a free slice of pie with a purchase. Who doesn't like free pie?! Or, better yet, why not gather the ingredients together along with your children and/or spouse and get creative in the kitchen and make a pie to suit your tastes. Creating together as a family in the kitchen is an incredible bonding and memory building activity. Additionally, baking a wonderful way to include math in your child’s day without making it a boring lesson and while your delectable creation is baking, you can cozy up with a pie themed story. There are many great titles to choose from both newer and classic. We've put together a list below.
What type of pie will you be indulging in today?
Happy baking and reading!
We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.