Here is a great article full of ideas for family fun in the snow! The link to the original is at the bottom. Plan some family fun this week!
January 12, 2011 by Polly
By Beth Engelman and Jenna Riggs of Mommy on a Shoestring
Don’t let the chilly weather stop you and your kids from having fun outside with these “cool” crafts and activities.
Play Ice Cube Hide and Seek
A twist on the classic game, this activity is fun to play after a big snowfall. Prepare the ice cubes by mixing water and a few drops of food coloring in an ice tray or muffin tin and placing them in the freezer (or outdoors) until frozen. To play the game, choose one player to be the “hider” while the others will be seekers. The “hider” buries the colorful cubes in mounds of snow around the backyard. Then its up to the “seekers” to dig around the snow and find the frozen ice cubes. The player who finds the most ice cubes, gets to be the “hider” during the next go round.
Make Ice Sculptures
Sharp tools and ice picks are not necessary with this creative activity. To get started, gather an assortment of containers around the house. To add variety, choose containers that are different shapes and sizes such as muffin tins, jell-o molds and cake pans. Add water and a few drops of food coloring to each container and place in a freezer (or outside) until the blocks of ice are frozen solid. Remove each block from its container. If this proves to be difficult, try thawing the ice for a few minutes or submerge the bottom of the pan in a bowl of warm water. Once the blocks are removed, it’s time to build outdoors. Encourage your cold weather sculptors and construction workers to make decorative statues, enchanted ice castles, skyscrapers or ice forts. Use salt or layers of slushy snow as “glue” to make the blocks stick together. Best of all, when your kids are all done playing with their blocks, they can leave them as is and let Mother Nature take care of the clean up.
Paint the Snow Red (and Yellow, Green and Blue)
This craft is a dream come true for my four-year-old son who loves to spray water at anything and everything. Fill up empty spray bottles with water and a few drops of food coloring. The children can then take the spray bottles outside and spray the snow different colors creating a colorful mosaic, rainbow, or their very own abstract painting. Just imagine what passerby’s will think when they see your rainbow colored yard.
Make Snow and Ice Cream
This recipe should only be made with freshly fallen snow. I recommend setting a large bowl outside so you and your kids can collect the snow before it even hits the ground.
3 cups of fresh snow1-cup milk¼ cup sugar1 tsp of vanilla
Mix ingredients and serve immediately.
Jenna Riggs and Beth Engelman are the creative talents and owners of Mommy on a Shoestring, a website and weekly radio show chock full of ideas on how families can live creatively and large on a small budget.