Let it Snow! Let it snow! Let it Snow!
Here are 5 great ideas for snowy day fun:
- Build an igloo or snow castle. Most kids have built a typical snow fort before, but not many have attempted an awesome igloo! Start by bringing out some empty boxes (cheap plastic shoe boxes work best.) Pack the boxes with snow, and then flip them upside down to create bricks. Form a circle of bricks and start stacking with an overlap. Don’t forget to leave a door! Or if your kids prefer something a bit more palatial, try digging out some of those old beach toys. Buckets and castle molds work great in snow too!
*Advanced tip: To make an even more amazing igloo fill some plastic containers with water dyed your favorite colors using food coloring. Leave the containers overnight to freeze. Now you have amazing colored bricks to use as “stained glass.” Or you can go crazy and build your whole igloo out of colored bricks, but I recommend you skip to #2 instead.
- Snow Art: Fill a spray bottle with water and dye it with some food coloring. Kids can spray it on the snow for instant art (or to decorate their new igloos!). **Food coloring will stain clothing so be careful!
- Feed the Birds: Have kids gather pine cones, and when you need a break inside the house you can work on some treats for our feathered friends. Here are two easy ideas:
- For older kids, use a needle and thread to create a long garland of popcorn and/or cranberries.Tie a loop of ribbon or string to the top of a pinecone.
- Cover the pinecone in peanut butter (get in all those nooks and crannies!) and have kids roll the pinecones in birdseed.
*When you’re all ready to go back out, use your new creations to decorate trees or bushes in your yard.
- Tic-Tac-Snow: Draw a giant tic-tac-toe in the snow and uses sticks (x’s) and pinecones (O’s) to play. (or play hopscotch! It’s much more challenging in the snow.)
- Batting range: Have kids practice swinging at snowballs for some explosive fun.
Enjoy the snow while it lasts!
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