Nature Creations: Discovering Snow

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Discover what to do on the Niobrara National Scenic River when floating season has been covered by snow! Get outside with a simple way to take every snowman and creature to the next level with snow painting, and when you get hungry, try out our recipe for snow ice cream so you don’t ever have to run to the store for a cold winter snack!

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a blue snow flake painted on white snow
A snow-paint snowflake.

How Wee Learn, Sarah, 2014

Snow Painting:

  • Spray Bottle/Container for Water
  • Dropper/Pipette
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  1. Fill container with water
  2. Add 4 or more drops of desired food coloring color to the water (mix colors for more variety)
  3. Shake it up, or stir
  4. Go Outside and drop/dump/spray your colored water to paint the snow!
a metal bowl of snow ice cream
A bowl of snow ice cream.

I Can Teach My Child, Jenae, 2011.

Snow Ice Cream

  • Milk (any kind)
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Snow - Clean and White!
  • 1 Cup measuring cup
  • 1 Teaspoon measuring spoon
  • Bowl
  • Whisk or spoon/fork

  1. Add 1 Cup of Milk to a big bowl
  2. Add 1/3 Cup of Sugar to the bowl
  3. Add 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract to the bowl
  4. Add 1 Pinch of Salt to the bowl
  5. Whisk the ingredients together until very small fluffy bubbles form
  6. Add 8 Cups of (Clean) snow to the bowl
    1. Note -- you may need a little less or more that 8 cups of snow depending on how heavy your snow is. For light snow, use a little less than 8 cups. For heavy snow, use a little more that 8 cups.
  7. Mix well until the snow and mixture begin to look creamy, like ice cream
    1. If it still looks chunky like snow, add a splash of milk, about a 1/2 cup.
  8. Scoop up and enjoy!

Learn and Explore

Explore more Nature Creations Activities

All activities and crafts were created with household items and easy to find supplies. If you are looking for more activities or crafts, explore the links to the right and discover more of what makes the Niobrara River special.

Last updated: February 12, 2021

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