Snow glorious snow! Who doesn’t love the snow – well for starters ME! Too bad I live in Michigan where we are blessed with plenty of it! Any time the weathermen starts predicting a winter storm warning – my kids start with their “snow day ritual” (they haven’t figured out that the weatherman is usually wrong.) If you aren’t familiar with it, it consists of flushing ice down the toilet, wear your pajamas inside out and backwards, sleep with a spoon under the pillow, run around the table 10 times clockwise and place a white crayon on the windowsill. Now, what my kids don’t know is that I have a counter ritual to prevent snow days! This consists of flushing hot water down the toilet, wear your pajamas the correct way, sleep with a fork under your pillow, run around the table 10 times counter-clockwise and place a yellow crayon on the windowsill. Happily, mine works more than theirs!
When the snow does actually come, it is important to be prepared with some creative activities to do in the snow! Now, most kids are happy building a snowman or having a snowball fight or building a snow fort, but here are some creative twists on these typical activities and some additional ideas if they are looking for more!! One can never be too prepared!
Yup, you heard me right – Snow Ice Cream. This is one that we are FOR SURE trying! Follow the link to see how to make snow ice cream!
Create colorful snow!
You know what they say, don’t eat yellow snow – well this is some yellow snow that they can actually eat! Grab a spray bottle and some drops of food coloring and you have your very own snow paint! You can get some cheap and colorful spray bottles at the dollar store…. they will likely break after a few uses, but they are worth the buck! Just be careful to warn the kiddos to not spray on each other because the food coloring can stain their snow jackets and pants.
My kids are dying to try this one. It seems pretty easy – just get some balloons, put a couple drops of food coloring in the balloon. Slowly fill the balloon with water, tie it closed. Put the balloons outside in the snow until they are frozen solid. Then take off the balloon with a scissors and there you go – beautiful, colorful balls of ice. Not sure what you do with them, but they sure are pretty to look at!
Make an upside down snowman!
Why? Well, why not! Anyone and everyone makes the average, rightside up snowman – but how many upside down snowmen have you run in to??
Make a snow face on a car!
How fun would it be to come out to your car and see this guy? OMG – I would LOVE it!!
Some other fun and creative snowthings to build!
Surprise someone with a mini snowman on their car
Make a snowman army! (this will keep the kids occupied!)
Make a Loch Ness Snowmonster
Build a snowfort
snow fort tools (click here to buy)
Don’t feel like building one – just blow this baby up and there you go!! (click here to buy)
For a good old fashioned snowball fight (well maybe not so old fashioned with this bad boy! (click here to buy)
So my northern friends – it is time to get out there and embrace the snow – it isn’t going away for quite some time – so if you can’t beat it…. join it!!
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