Playing in the snow is one of the highlights of childhood for kids who live in colder climates. With a winter wonderland outside to enjoy, the possibilities can seem endless. If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for ideas to help your little ones make the most of the season, here are some fun activities to keep kids entertained on snowy days.
1. Make colorful snow structures.
Kids can make their snow forts, igloos and other structures more vibrant with spray bottles full of food coloring mixed with water, according to the CBC Parents article “50 Outdoor Things to Do With Your Kids In Winter.” Simply instruct them to spritz the mixture onto the snow to make their creations stand out against the winter landscape.
2. Craft some ice sculptures.
This activity also involves water tinted with food coloring. Pour the water into ice cube trays, old containers, baking tins and/or anything else you’d like to use as a mold, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) instructs in their article “12 Great Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids.” Then put it in the freezer and wait. Once the water freezes, take the colorful ice shapes outside to use as building blocks for all kinds of frosty art.
3. Create crystallized bubbles.
Most people think of blowing bubbles as a warm-weather pastime. However, it can be just as fun (if not more) on days when it’s literally freezing outside, according to the Project Learning Tree (PLT) article “10 Outdoor Winter Activities for Preschoolers.” Grab your wand and watch the bubbles solidify in the crisp air. You can even turn it into a science lesson about the states of matter.
4. Take a walk and search for animal tracks.
The snowy ground presents a great opportunity to go to a local park or other area of wilderness and look for footprints. The AMC’s website offers some helpful instructions for anyone who wants to teach their kids about tracking wildlife.
5. Make a pinecone birdfeeder.
You can show children that not all birds migrate during the winter and help them feed their feathered friends who stick around with a DIY birdfeeder, PLT suggests. First, find a pinecone and tie a string to the top. Then mix peanut butter with cornmeal and oats and use a spoon to spread this mixture on the pinecone. Next, roll the sticky pinecone on a plate covered in birdseed and hang it in a tree. You likely won’t have to wait long for visits from hungry birds and squirrels.
6. Have a snowball rolling competition.
This game is simple but plenty of fun, according to the CBC. See who can roll the largest snowball in a set amount of time.
Although playing in the snow can be a blast, there are also some health hazards everyone should be aware of that come with the cold weather. Please read our blog entry on “5 Snow Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know” for more information on preventing winter-related injuries.
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