Living in Ohio, we sometimes find ourselves in a bit of a winter funk, or winter blues. Our family tends to get stuck in the same routine, doing the same things over and over. I read somewhere that play in all types of weather teaches children resiliency. To make the best of life in all types of situations. So we drug ourselves outside and got all kinds of creative with our last batch of snow. If you are looking for something new to do with the kiddos in the snow, check these ideas out!
Experiment with clean, fresh snow to make frozen treats! We used Solo cups for this but you can use any type of container. Mix one cup of fresh snow with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, a splash of milk, a tsp of vanilla extract, and food coloring of your choice to make colored snow ice cream. The kiddos enjoy creating and tasting while also practicing measuring skills.
Snow mixed with any flavor of soda to make snow slurpies is always the preference of my boys. We use orange soda and big red soda for this but any soda will work. I prefer Diet Coke for mine and it really is pretty good. This activity gives the kids plenty of room for their own creativity. My kids enjoyed tasting each others creations and mixing different flavors together.
SNOW CASTLES, COLORED OF COURSE!
It turns out, castles are not just for sand anymore! Make snow castles with your little ones using cups, buckets, bowls, or anything that will make a good mold. We used our Solo cups for this and they worked really well (pictured above). Mix food coloring with the snow to make the castle colorful. I found that putting the food coloring around the outside of the cup worked better and required less mixing.
For my five year old, this was a great time to talk about mixing primary colors, making purple from red and blue, and using blue and yellow to get different shades of green. My boys throughly enjoyed smashing their castle creations and then playing in a large color pit of snow.
I am anxious to hear feed back on this one! If you and your young ones venture out in the snow to try some of these, please leave a comment and let me know about your experience.