Families living in the more northern climes of North America are presented with the unique challenge of finding things for our kids to do in the cold and snow.
Some families are “snow bunnies” and love doing anything outside. The rest of us are stumped and look out our windows going, “What am I going to do with Johnny today” – especially after a few at-home days because school buses aren’t running.
Below are a few snow activity ideas.
Snow Craft Ideas
Snow Painting – Fill squirt or spray bottles with water and food coloring. Let the kids have a blast adding a little bit of color to the whiteness (probably a good idea to skip yellow and red, though).
Make a bird feeder – Birds are often forgotten about in the winter time. Building a bird feeder whether out of a milk jug, milk carton or pine cones is a fun wintertime activity. Not only do the kids have fun making it, but they can also enjoy looking at all the birds that come to visit – and seeing something they made being used.
Patterns can be found online. Make sure the bird seed you put in your feeder is appropriate for the kinds of birds in your area.
Snow Science Activities
Winter scavenger hunt – “Create a scavenger hunt that has the kids identify and gather items that they can see from various parts of your yard, block or in the local park. For example: How many pine cones can you gather in five minutes? How many trees can you count? How many snow balls or snow angels can you make in one minute? How many dogs do you see in the park?” (2)
Snowball weigh-in and melt-out – Let your kids make the biggest snowball they can. Weigh or measure the snowballs and write this information down. Place each snowball in its own dish or bucket in various areas of the house (for example: under the radiator, by the window or on the kitchen table).
Watch how long it takes for each snowball to melt and how much water each produces. As an alternative, add a little food coloring to the snowballs. (2)