Friday, January 8, 2010

Fun in the Frozen Tundra

It gets cold in Minnesota, affectionately known to some, myself included, as The Frozen Tundra. The past week or so has been really cold, colder than the usual cold. When temps dip this far, far enough to freeze the inside of your nose if you happen to inhale through it while outside on a day like today, we like to have a little extra fun.

We make snow. Yep, when it's "too cold to snow" outside, we make our own, in fact, we did so this morning. If you live where we live, or anywhere that it's currently well below freezing, you can make snow too.

Here's what you'll need:
  • a big cup of boiling water
  • severely cold & dry outdoor air
  • a brave someone to throw the boiling water in the air

Then go outside, and go for it!

It really is quite fun to watch. Our children are fascinated by this (ok, so am I) and we always end up doing several cups whenever the temps are as crazy cold as they've been this week.

***Caution- throw the water away from yourself and away from anyone watching nearby! If it's not quite bitter cold enough for your water to change to snow fast enough, you do not want to do any scalding!***

Have fun!!



Blogger HD said...

Fun!!! I might have to try it (o:

January 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Jamie H said...

Looks like tons of fun! We just may have to try it since rumor has it, it's going to be in the teens below zero this weekend!

January 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I am visiting from the MckForum and also live in the Frozen Tundra. My boys would LOVE this! Thanks for the idea. I better try it soon though since it sounds like we are getting a heat wave next week. The 30's will feel soooo good!

January 8, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Mom's on Fire! said...

LOVE this - and so do my boys (ages 5 and 9). They just viewed this with me and can't wait for tomorrow! They are all over this one! Thanks for the idea!!!

January 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

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