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Indoor "Snow" Activity

I have had the Earthways craft book for about 5 years, but I can be SO slow (sometimes) in putting plans into action.  I have even had the ivory snow for this particular project since last winter, so finally, (FINALLY) we got around to doing this craft!

The little ones helped a bit whipping the 'snow' but as it took a VERY long time to do, I moved to the electric mixer, and even then it took a very long time.  I wound up adding a bit extra soap powder to the mix.  After quite some time, I had to call them back to the table.  We gathered some of our finds from our nature walks, pine-cones  seeds, pine needles and so forth, and created a snow scene.

This was a major accomplishment for me.  I don't know if anyone else suffers from this sort of "syndrome".  HA!  I am so often in-gathering and taking in information and hoarding books! yes hoarding them, that it is often difficult to actually 'do' all the ideas I see and would like to do.  (Talk about a need for EXPANSION and CONTRACTION).

There are tons of things I want to do in our homeschool, and we certainly do many activities, yet it always seems that there are things that I have wanted to do for so long, and don't get around to.  I am beginning to realize that there is a certain small bit of anxiety in trying to wear many hats.  For example, we finally did the origami window stars, and I had been thinking all along, "Wow, those are SO beautiful, they MUST be very hard to do."  Guess what?  They weren't.  I wound up doing one after another, until we used up all our kite paper and spent the entire morning engrossed in this activity.  We even decided to do them for our next art class with our local homeschool group. It is interesting that so many things that you've never done before make you doubt your abilities, and once you do them, you realize not only how ridiculously simple they are, but wonder why you procrastinated so long or ever doubted yourself in the first place.

Adding Pinecones and Needles to our Snow

A Winter's Scene

It is tempting to rush into doing Spring crafts, but I am glad I have held off.  We are still getting snow some days, and it gives us a chance to experience the full course of the season, and even to accomplish some long since planned activities like this one.

I do wonder if another soap powder would work in place of this one, as it is so fragrant I had to put them in another room.


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