Thursday, January 6, 2011

Snow is Falling

Seriously, living in Arizona, our kiddos don't really get to see the real deal snow very often.  (Like they probably don't even remember seeing it...)  Last week, an especially cold and wet storm front moved in and we actually got snow here in the Valley!  Seriously, my hubby was at the shooting range with my brother and dad while the kiddos and Mom and I were out (grocery) shopping.  Mike called and said, "It's snowing here!" and then one of the Safeway employees got on the intercom and announced that flakes were falling outside.  Crazy!  I didn't really see any snow falling by the time we got out, but Mike got a great video of the snowfall on his phone.

Needless to say, now snow is kinda on my brain.  Here is a fun little snowflake project I did with my kids.  Thank you to my cutie sister in law for the idea.  You can see her original post here.

You will need:

iridescent or white sparkly pipe cleaners
white, clear, iridescent tri beads

Now, cut the pipe cleaners in half (I used 6).  Don't worry about getting them exactly in half, I kind of liked the irregular look.

Bundle the pieces together and take one of the pipe cleaners and wrap and twist it around the middle of the bundle.

Fan the pieces out to make your flake, and thread 2 or three beads onto each section.

Take deep breaths when your three year old insists on putting all of the beads on one section and just let him be happy with his independence. Use lots. of. will. power. to leave it alone and let it be.

If you're still up for more snowy day inspired activities, check out this post, this post and this post for more ideas.  (My Mr. Two loves the felt snowflake building activity).  Here are some great wintery reads here as well.

*linking up at ABC's and 123's Show and Tell and Delicious Ambiguity's Tot Tuesday.


  1. Funny that they announced it over the intercom! It's such a rare thing that everybody goes crazy when it happens. We live in the high desert of so cal and only get snow about every other year so it's really exciting!

  2. How fun that you got snow! With our upcoming move north, our family is currently obsessed with snow, too. These activities will come in handy when the novelty of real snow wears off and they are sick of being cooped inside all day!