Exploring After 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.
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.
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.
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.
The cars in the driveways have thin layers of ice covering them.
How did this happen?
We walked the neighborhood and notice that the grass has layers of ice and snow.
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.
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.
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