How to Shovel Snow-Practical Life

Here we go again! Another Colorado snow storm. We always get hit hard when it is an “Albuquerque low.” It’s time to get out the shovels and show the kids how much fun shoveling snow can be! It’s a good Montessori practical life activity for even older kids.

Start with a small kids sized shove for preschool kids. Even a large sand box shovel will work for a young child.
Dress warmly in layers and provide water. It’s easy to get dehydrated doing this physical workout.

Show where you are going to pile the snow from the driveway or sidewalk.
Hold the shovel so it is balanced in the palm of your hand. Grasp with your other hand, palm up, on the handle. Keep a distance between your hands for more leverage. Take a small layer off the top of snow and push in a pile. Keep your legs slightly apart and bend knees while doing this.

Take a break to make hot chocolate and watch the snow fall some more.
Young kids should have fun with this activity. Don’t make them shovel heavy snow, they just want to work & copy you.

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