I wish I could take credit for this genius and creative idea, but it came from the woman who works in my church nursery (which I co-manage so I can at least take credit for hiring this awesome person!) named Jess.
So just because there is snow on the ground doesn't mean you HAVE to go outside everyday. Gets a little monotonous I think. So change things up a bit and bring the snow inside! Using any size buckets (with solid bases of course), fill about 3/4 full with snow. Throw in any of your child's figurines and toys and you have a frozen terrain for them to play on. Jess said she did this with her students at Knowledge Beginnings in East Windsor, but had them make little snowmen with buttons and carrots as decorations. You can even take things further by adding chilled food coloring to the snow! And boy was this a fun day in the nursery for the kids! And believe it or not, the snow STAYED IN THE BUCKETS!
In the photo: Maddy on the left with her buddy Isaac