Exploring After An Ice Storm

Exploring the after effects of an ice storm

This post is a little different from what we normally share, but I thought this was so fun and my girls really enjoyed our week.

We have moved from the Windy City to Sunny North Carolina. The problem is that there is nothing sunny about it right now. We came in and the weather was beautiful but that changed the very next day. The theme this week is ice and I would like to say that I struggled with what to do but the truth is thanks to nature I didn’t have to prepare anything.

While everyone else was busy getting snowed in we were having a fun time with ice. Have you ever been in an ice storm? It’s not fun but the after can be beautiful if you know how to look at it.

We took the next couple of days after to walk our new neighborhood and her what the damage was, boy was we in for a surprise.

Materials:

  • Coat
  • Gloves
  • Camera

There are no real directions for this. Let the little ones take the pictures

We started in our backyard after we noticed that a tree that use to stand tall was bending. We noticed each night after the ice storm the tree would bend a little more. We took a picture of it.

Tree bending from all the ice

What makes the tree bend?

We then set off to explore our neighborhood. (BTW North Carolina is still nice in temp but the ice sticks very well to the trees.) From a distance, the sun bouncing off the iced trees make them look like crystals stuck to the branches.

Bush covered in ice and snow

We make it to the front and the small bushes are “frozen in time”. You can see little ice drippings and when you touch it early in the morning your fingers will get stuck to the ice taking the leaf off the branch.

Bush covered in ice and snow

 

The cars in the driveways have thin layers of ice covering them.

Car covered in ice

How did this happen?

We walked the neighborhood and notice that the grass has layers of ice and snow.

Checking out the ice on the grass

Why is there snow on the grass when it didn’t snow?

So many questions were asked during our outings each day but thanks to nature I never had to answer them. We watched as the snow fell on the top of the cars and melted and we watched it freeze on the roofs. We saw the flurries of snow layer the grass and the next morning the rain that came and iced the grounds and trees. We felt the wet wind as it hit our faces like the trees and stick making the trees heavy and start to bend.

This was a fun week for us and a new adventure that we will never forget. I love how nature followed our lesson plan and at the same time through us off, but it taught us so much.

What kind of weather did you have in your neck of the woods?


What We Read!

I must apologize, I don’t have any books on Ice but I’ve ordered some and we’re waiting for them to show up. Because we lived in an area that got snow I have lots of books on snow. Today I am going to share the ones that we have read last week.

 

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The Snowy Day

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Pinkalicious and the Snow Globe

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Clifford’s First Snow Day

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Thomas Gets A Snow Plow

There was an additional book that I wanted to add but I don’t remember it’s name or the author. It was lost in the move. So here is a description and maybe someone can tell the name and I can order it again.

A man works in the park and during the snow season all the parks animals come to his house to get warm and sleep. Eventually, his bed gets over crowded with his furry friends.

 

 


 

Check out these Ice Activites for Toddler and Preschool-Aged Children

Ice Sensory Bin Icy-Hand

 

 

 


Check Out These Ice Activities From The #TeachECE Team

 

Ice Slide Segmenting Activity by Growing Book by Book

Alphabet Ice Rescue by Learning 2 Walk

Ice Alphabet Letters by Still Playing School

Name Ice Melting Science and Art Experiment by Fun-A-Day

Slippery Ice Customizable Name Game by Life Over C’s

Sight Word Ice Excavation by Mom Inspired Life

Magic Sticky Ice-Simple Temperature  Experiment by Capri + 3

Ice Cube Tray Math Games for Preschool! By The Preschool Toolbox Blog

Ice Painting by Powerful Mothering

Simple Science | Ice Fishing Experiment by Raising Lifelong Learners

What Make Ice Melt Faster? Simple ScienceExperiments for Kids by The Educators Spin On It


This post is linked up as Tot School Gathering Place

 

18 Responses to Exploring After An Ice Storm

  1. Theresa says:

    That looks like so much fun! We explore after rain storms but rarely ever get snow (and when we do it is rare for it to actually collect on the ground). I love all your photos!
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    • Natasha says:

      Thank you! It was so much fun. I had never seen that much ice covering everything before. There were so many questions as we were walking and I couldn’t keep up with the girls cause I had lots of questions right along with them. I can’t wait to see what else is different in our new area.

  2. Mother of 3 says:

    I love how everything looks coated in crystals after an ice storm!

  3. Crystal says:

    Theses are super cute activities!! We are just past these. He is 6 and sometimes I wish I could slow the clock. I’m sharing for my mama friends!! Thank you:)

  4. What a wonderful learning opportunity. We had an ice storm in Toronto a couple of years ago, and while it was quite challenging for many to live without electricity for a short time in such cold weather, it was stunningly beautiful to look at.

  5. Nicole says:

    This sounds fun to do with my girls. They are 22 months and 4. Thank you for posting this.

  6. Chloe says:

    I love this as a way of learning. How crazy to have an ice storm. We don’t get them were I live. Those trees are fascinating all covered in ice and must have been amazing to study what it was doing to the trees over a course of a few days. I bet it looked so beautiful in the sunlight. The weather really is an incredible thing. Thank you for sharing your adventure with #whatevertheweather xx

    • Natasha says:

      This was our first ice storm. The weather really is incredible. I am finding all the things that we are use to are not happening where we live now. Can’t wait to see what else it has to offer.

  7. Lowanda J says:

    Welcome to the South! I live in SC and used to live in Rock Hill near Charlotte. I love how you made your day out an educational one and you captured some lovely shots. Thanks for sharing at #MMBH
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  8. I LOVE that you let your little one take the pictures of the ice. Such a wonderful way to foster questions and wonder about the natural world.

  9. Ivan Jordon says:

    I hate being trapped in an ice storm. Scary! At least for me. lol
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  10. Julie says:

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Emma says:

    I used to love going on child-led walks when my daughter was a preschooler. It’s so interesting to see what catches their eye! #ThoughtfulSpot
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  12. Amber says:

    It’s fun to explore after an ice storm. Trees and bushes look so pretty with the ice.

  13. This is GREAT! Growing up in the Pacific North West I never really had to deal with ice. Yes it snowed but it was never really cold enough for ice storms. Now I live in the Midwest and ice and winter go hand in hand. Although it can be frustrating as an adult, it is also fascinating! I love the indoor activities you shared for exploring this as well. Great ideas!!

    Thanks for sharing with Everything Kids! We can’t wait to see what you have to share next week!
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