10 snow activities you haven’t done yet this winter
You've built snowmen. You've gone sledding. You've had snowball fights.
Now, it's still winter and you don't know what else to do to have fun in the snow.
So we have put together 10 activities that will make the everlasting snow a bit more fun!
I love historical fiction, and I grew up reading stories about pioneers and settlers around the turn of the 20th century who used what they had to make fun treats. You can make maple taffy at home with just some maple syrup and snow; it's simple, fun and a great way to make the white world outside a little bit more exciting. Find directions here.
Snow cones aren't just for summer. In fact, they are a whole lot easier to make in the winter by literally using snow. Head outside to find the cleanest snow you can, add some flavored syrup and you've got a sweet and fun treat. Check out this blog for instructions.
One of our favorite ways to have fun in the snow is to let out some colorful creativity. As creative as you can be with snow — building snowmen, making snow fort, stomping tracks — sometimes our designs can look a little bland since everything is all white. However, mix together some spray paint and you can turn the world around you into a giant canvas. Check out our snow painting recipe here.
Trees look a little sad on most days during the winter. They are absolutely beautiful when covered in hoarfrost (read about how hoarfrost forms here), but most of the time they are brown and hibernating with their bare branches. You can spruce up the trees around you by creating snow people. Pile up snow next to a tree and pack it onto the trunk. Then use your fingers to carve out eyes, a nose and a smiling mouth. Make your faces toward the street to brighten up the day of people around you! See some tree faces here.
Add more color to the outdoor world by creating ice sculptures with items you have at home. We made colorful ice hands with rubber gloves and ice balls with balloons. You can make colored building blocks with ice cube trays or plastic storage containers, or freeze colored water in paper cups to make stacking bricks. Take all your ice creations outside and use them to build colorful sculptures against the white backdrop of your snowy yard. Check out our ice sculptures blog here.
Snow angels are a classic outdoor activity, and you probably made plenty of them during the first snow. By February, you might not be intrigued by snow angels anymore, but why not try making imprints of other things? Some people brave the snow and make face imprints by pressing their faces into the snow. Maybe you have a favorite doll that would like to try it out. Maybe you have wooden puzzle pieces that you can imprint in the snow. Use your imagination and see what fun shapes you can make!
If you have already made maple taffy and snow cones and are looking for another snowy treat, try making ice cream with freshly fallen snow. Find a recipe here.
Tissue paper painting
Cut up squares of bleeding tissue paper and either cover it with snow or set it outside while the snow is falling. As the snow melt on the tissue paper design, it will leave beautiful colors on your paper. Read detailed instructions here.
Pack snow into a volcano shape around a plastic cup with baking soda and a couple of drops of food coloring, add vinegar and watch the volcano erupt and color the snow as the lava flows out.
Hide 10 waterproof items outside in the snow and give your kids a list of the things that they need to find. Some might be easy, and some they might have to dig for. Just don't forget where you put the toys or you might not find them until spring!