It’s the end of January of what’s turning into a record-breaking winter filled with cold temps, record snowfalls and the daunting polar vortex, but in between staying inside and keeping warm, kids are drawn to play outside – especially when there’s snow on the ground.
Earlier this month, we shared some fun ideas for making the most of an indoor play day, but today it’s all about having fun in the snow!
Snow is the perfect blank canvas for imaginative play. It’s white, easy to mold and shape and can be a solid or a liquid. So, bundle up yourself and the kids and unleash your inner winter warrior to have a play day. Of course we all love the classic snow angels, snowman building and snowball fights, but we’re sharing some fun, cool tricks for outdoor snow fun!
Create a Giant Coloring Page
Mix a few drops of food coloring with some water inside a squirt bottle (or recycle an empty bottle of liquid dish soap) and ‘paint the snow’. It could get really fun by using different colors. There are so many things you can do like draw a picture, play a giant game of Tic-Tac-Toe or even make a snow angel and decorate it using your bottle of color.
Hot or Cool Wheels
If your kid is really big into racing play cars throughout the house, why not take them for a test drive outside? Build a ramp of snow, make it smooth and let it launch. If you have older kids, have them guess how far it can go. To make it more interesting, build some different ramps, bumps, twists and turns and just let them play.
Re-imagine the Classics
Put a new, winter twist on the classic outdoor games, for example:
- Hide and Seek – instead of tagging the person before they get to “base” turn it into a mini snowball adventure. In order to get a person out, the player who is “It” needs to hit the runner with a snowball.
- Freeze Tag – this game takes on a whole new meaning when it’s cold. If the kids are big enough and you can create (or have some ice), try playing this on the ice for an added challenge. It’s trickier to stay still when you’re slipping all over!
- Marco Polo – take the classic pool game and see how great the kids can listen to the snow crunching from everyone else.
Whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, remember, it’s all about having fun. What are your favorite snow games?
Until next time, keep it cool (and stay warm), my friends!