Winter Games – Creative Ways To Play In The Snow
By Rachel Wells
Snow is the best reason to get outside in the winter!
Do your kids love to play out in the winter wonderland? Of course! Building snowmen, making snow angels, and going sledding are always a great idea in the winter. Luckily, for your child that loves to be outside, there are all sorts of creative ways to enjoy the snow. It may seem like a challenge to get outside with kids in the cold, but these activities will most definitely make it worth the work!
So Bundle up, head outside, and get ready to have some fun!
Make Snow Ice Cream
In a bowl, combine 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir in about 8 cups of fresh clean snow (or until you get a consistency you like). Top with sprinkles or chocolate syrup. Yum!
Look for Animal Tracks
Head out first thing in the morning, and search for different animal tracks. Take pictures of different the footprints so you can research what animal they came from when you head back inside.
Snow Sensory Bin
If you or your child would rather bring the snow inside to you – no problem! Set up a sensory bin filled with fresh snow and small toys. Your child can put on their mittens and play in the snow without heading out in the cold.
Paint the Snow
Fill squirt or spray bottles with cold water and a few drops of liquid watercolors (or food coloring). Head outside and let your child spray pictures or designs onto your canvas of fresh white snow. This is another great activity to bring inside as well. Fill a bin with snow and let your child color it using eye droppers.
Snowball Target Practice
Paint a bullseye design on a piece of cardboard to create a target. Hang the target from a tree, and have a contest to see who can throw a snowball closest to the center.
Buried in the Snow Treasure Hunt
Take some small toys and burry them in the snow in your yard (make a note to yourself so you don’t forget where you put them!). Give your child a shovel, and have them dig into the snow to find all the buried treasures.
Winter Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of winter objects, and head outside for a scavenger hunt. Some items on your list may include:
- An icicle
- A snowman
- A cardinal
- Animal tracks
- Water dripping from a plant
- A pine tree
- A berry
- A pinecone
- A brown leaf
- A squirrel
Fill ten plastic water bottles with water and freeze them in your freezer. Once they are frozen, cut off the plastic, and head outside with your new ice bowling pins. Grab a ball and go ice bowling in the snow.
Ice Cube Tray Bird Feeders
Fill an ice cube tray with water and bird seed. Lay a long piece of twine in each ice cube spot before placing the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, tie the twine pieces into loops, and hang your winter birdfeeders in a tree.
When you are ready to head back inside, be sure to have some hot chocolate ready! What a perfect way to warm up after a day in the snow.