Snow Scavenger HuntLiving in the cold North makes a person become familiar with snow, that's why the Inuit have so many different words for snow. They have had to recognize and communicate about many different kinds of snow and features of their landscape. See how many of the different kinds of snow you can find. Here is a list of Inuit words for snow along with their meaning.
Check off the different kinds of snow you
are able to find.
Snow Scene in a JarIn Alaska we expect our first snowfall somewhere around the first week of October. If you don't get any snow in your area, you can still make your own snow scene.
Shake to make it snow!
And even more fun with snow!
Snow Caves For Fun and Survival by Ernest Wilkinson is a great resource.
See if you can find the tracks of dogs, cats, birds, and other wildlife in the snow. Check out a book from your local library on animals and animal tracks and see how many different animal tracks you can identify.
Rent, borrow, or buy some snow shoes and see if you can master walking on deep snow. You can even try making your own out of a curved branch and heavy twine. The trick to snow shoes is to be sure and lift your toes up when you try and walk!
How cold is it?The Wind Chill Index is an air temperature index that measures the heat loss from exposed human skin surfaces. Skin and flesh quickly looses heat when it's cold and the wind blows. Since both low temperatures and wind remove heat from the body, the risk of frostbite is great when there is a high wind chill factor. Be sure and bundle up and cover exposed skin!
When it's verrrry cold outside...
They won't pop when it's -30 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit below zero outside.
The birch tree grows in much of Alaska and you can make a warm winter time tea by collecting a few small birch tree twigs and gently steeping them in boiling water.
(Caution: the birch tree contains the natural form of Aspirin called salicylic acid, and prolonged boiling in a closed container could concentrate the salicylic acid to a level where those with a hypersensitivity to Aspirin may have a problem with it.)
What does the cold feel like? Smell like? Sound like? Write your observations down in the form of a poem.
Take old bread slices and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Let them dry and harden enough to spread with peanut butter. Cover the peanut buttered shapes with black sunflower seeds and hang outdoors on trees or anywhere birds might come! Use a bird book to identify the birds. The Guide to the Birds of Alaska, by Robert H. Armstrong is a good book for Alaska.
Take an old plastic soda pop bottle and leave it outside for at least an hour. Then squeeze and see what happens. Why do you think it might have done something different than if it was warm?
Cozy up inside and read a book!