Winter is coming, and we have a ton of activities to do in the snow. But let’s start here. We all have a love-hate relationship with snow in life.
Fighting with snowballs and building igloos was lots of fun in our childish times. But now that we are adults, moving 6 inches of snow from the driveway isn’t fun at all.
Fortunately or unfortunately, snow is a natural phenomenon, and there’s almost nothing that we can do about it. As Sandi Mann, Psychologist, University of Central Lancashire says in her Huffington Post, snow brings newness and break-out from the routine.
In that case, here are 19 + great ways to keep your family excited throughout this winter season.
Go wild with snow graffiti
If your kids love painting, then the expansive fluffy terrain in your backyard could act as one huge canvas. Give them spray paint (or spray bottles full of colored water) and let them paint the snow. Mind you, there are lots of graffiti ideas that you could learn from YouTube.
Make ‘Frozen’ Characters
If you’ve watched Disney World’s Frozen, then I bet your kids will be overly excited to make Olaf, snowgies, or the enormous icy Marshmallow. These are simply irresistible.
This is everyone’s favorite. Roll some snowballs (big and small) and make a snowman. Have your kids look for small rocks for eyes and twigs for arms. You could also use a hat and a scarf to warm him up.
To make this more fun, take turns with your playmates to add eyes and buttons to the snowman with your eyes closed.
You could also give your snowman a little bit of sweetness by using lollipops, licorice, and gummies for his eyes, ears, and arms.
Mind you, you could also make a snow-goat, snow-dogs, snow angels, or critters.
Go on a date
There’s nothing like watching those fat and fluffy snowflakes twirl all around you as you cuddle your loved one. You could choose just to sit and let the layer of glittering snow inspire your sense of wonder or…
Draw a huge heart
Sure. You could bring along your camera and take inspiring photos of the heart on the snow. This might be a good way of warming up your followers on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, name it.
Fake a Golf course!
Who said that golf couldn’t be played on snow? Winter golf can be super exciting for the golf diehards. The only difference here is that you’ll be using colored balls, not your regular white balls.
For the golf course, you could use tins for the holes every few feet and use flagsticks to make them visible.
Have a snowball-throwing contest
There are several ways of doing this. First, draw a brightly colored circle using colored water in a bottle. Then, draw a line a few feet away and compete throwing snowballs inside the circle. You could also compete felling brightly colored bottles and give point value for each bottle hit.
Learn letters and numbers!
The schools will be closed for over 3 months during the winter season. Learning letters and numbers during this season might be a good idea to keep your kids up-to-date with their class work.
To do this, take brightly colored letters and stick them on a wall. Use sticky snow to hit and shout out the numbers or letters that you’ve found. This is a great way of improving your kids’ eye-hand coordination.
Add glow sticks to the fun
Days are way shorter during winter. But you could use glow sticks to extend the fun for a few more hours into the night. Have your kids bury glowing sticks in your backyard and watch them glow through the snow.
Make roads for your kids’ trucks
Use paint to draw roads on the snow for your kids’ trucks. You could also use a shovel for this instead.
Make footprints through the snow
Stomp on fresh snow to make huge footprints. Bring variations by moving like different types of animals and have your kids follow you.
On this note too, you could go out and search for animal tracks. This will help you determine how often Santa’s reindeers frequent your backyard.
Hunt for apples or other treasures
Take apples and hide them in snow mounds leaving only a small part. Give the players confusing directions and let them try to find the apples.
Build snow forts and fight
Divide the players into several teams. Have each team build their fort with strong walls a few feet away from each other and fight from those forts. You could use big snowballs to bring down the other teams’ walls.
If you are lucky to have a slightly sloppy terrain around, then, racing downhill could never be much fun.
Of course, there is no way I would have left this one out. With the right outdoor gear, this is the best way to enjoy the snowy mountains.
Feed the birds
The snow season is also a great time to be in touch with your feathered friends. You could do this by stringing popcorns, cereals, and cranberries to attract and feed the birds.
Another great way to do this is by hollowing out an orange and filling it with seeds. Place this outside or near your windows and watch as the birds eat.
Make homemade snow globe
Using strong glue, attach a plastic toy to the lid of a glass lid. Add baby oil to fill the jar and add glitter. Close the jar, so the toy is in the oil. This could be an ideal gift for other kids.
Ever tasted snow ice cream?
I bet you’ll be sold. To make snow ice cream, you need a few cups of freshly scooped snow, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. It’s super easy to make and perhaps more delicious than any other ice cream that you’ve ever tasted.
Watching Netflix is about the best way to dry off after a long day of playing with snow. You’ll also want to keep the coffeemaker running.
- Read that book that you’ve always put aside
- Organize your basement or garage
- Do yoga
- Practice making winter soups to keep your family warm
- Visit another family and join in the fun