This post isn't technically about cooking. But it is about how to keep a bored, indoors weary 6-year-old busy while I clean up the kitchen so I can prepare dinner. It was very very cold -- in the teens -- so the Chef didn't last long outside. But while we were out there, I filled a toy tool chest with snow and ice pieces of different shapes and thicknesses, and brought it inside with us. The inspired snow study involved cookie sheet, measuring cup, different temperatures of water at the sink, and a straw to see if snow water can make bubbles (strangely, it can).
The next day, the Chef came up with the idea that sponges soaked in hot water would melt ice. So we filled a dish tub with hot water and attached a sponge and dust mitt to his boots with rubber bands. He stepped in the tub, then right out the door onto our snow covered deck. The sponge extensions did indeed melt the snow. Always thinking about cooking, the Chef stomped a path to the grill.
I think I remember reading in one of the "Little House on the Prairie" books that Laura and her Grandmother would scoop snow and add maple syrup. Maybe we'll try that tomorrow.