Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snip, Snip... Snow!!

We are on our third day off of school due to a thick coating of ice and snow. Phew! To avoid cabin fever, we are making paper snowflakes and reading the terrific children's book, Snip, Snip... Snow by Nancy Poydar.

This is a wonderful book about a young school girl who really wants it to snow. A snow storm is supposed to start during the school day, but the storm is late. The girl and her classmates make paper snowflakes while they are waiting and decorate their classroom windows. In the end, the storm does arrive and the children are delighted. On the last page of the book, there are instructions on how to make your own paper snowflakes.

Now, we do NOT want it to snow or ice any more, but we can enjoy making a few paper snowflakes to keep working on our fine motor skills without knowing we are doing a bit of work on our snow day. We have also discovered how to make "real" hot chocolate which my kids have dubbed better than Starbuck's! Here is our recipe from my local paper, The Charlotte Observer:

4 cups milk (whole, reduced-fat or skim)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sugar or to taste
Pinch salt
Pour the milk into a blender, then add remaining ingredients. Turn on blender and let run for 10 seconds or so. Place in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Read more:

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