I finally got around to the stuff I had planned for yesterday. (We wound up doing science last night, lots of experiments and videos online from Supercharged Science about mechanics (forces, friction, gravity), instead of the snow stuff I was thinking of doing. It just kind of evolved that way, based on what Mikro was into. We made a simple compass and played with static electricity.) These are from last night:
If you look carefully at the second photo, you can see that the negatively charged balloon is attracting Mikro's positively charged hair... (and if you have sharper eyes than me, you might be able to read Mikro's growth chart markings on the wall next to him...) Afterwards, we read some more Jan Brett.
Anyway, that was yesterday. Today we read our snowflake book, and a book about the winter solstice. Mikro looked at salt crystals with a magnifying glass, and found out that each individual crystal is clear, but lumped together, they appear white because they refect the light, rather than absorbing it. Salt crystals are cubes. Snow crystals, however, are hexagonal. That's why snowflakes are 6 sided. (Thanks for the book recommendation to Anet at Purple Squirrel Homeschool!)
We followed the book's directions for folding and cutting snowflakes.
And we went sledding again. Mikro really got the hang of it and was zooming. He had a wonderful time.
Now I'm off to get groceries, and hoping I'll be able to back into my driveway, which is bordered on both sides by 5 foot plus walls of snow... Kevin may end up shovelling some more before the night is over. I'd rather stay home, but he wants to go...