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No matter how old you are, snow will always be the best part of winter! If it’s been snowing in your neck of the woods or if you’re snow-bound this winter, here are 6 outdoors snow activities for kids, great excuses to pile up the layers and go out.
Ditch the electronics and let your kids channel their inner scientist, campfire chef or architect for some good old-fashioned fun. no electronics involved. Don’t forget to dress in layers and be ready to stay out for a bit!
When the air temperature reaches freezing point (0 Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit) and clouds are moisture-filled, the most wonderful and ephemeral winter phenomenon happens – snow! My girls love snow like me, they love snow everywhere–even in cities when people say that it’s dirty and inconvenient. Snow is just pure magic to them and it’s a shame that it never stays long where we live. Here is the trick to catching a snow crystal long enough to observe its incredible architecture.
We’ve all been caught off-guard with the unpredictable snow day. Sometimes, you have to make do! If it’s snowing outside and you’re not sled-equipped, the following are all perfectly fine sledding alternatives.
And remember – always wear your bicycle helmets!
Building an igloo is not as complicated as it sounds. With the right shovel, you can do it in 20 minutes flat! Little ones will love the impromptu snow shelter and if they’re light enough, they can even climb it! You can read my full instructions here or follow these simple steps and use your imagination:
Right, you’ll need to live in seriously cold countries for this one because it only works when the air temperature is -15C/5F. To make your soapy water that will produce nice, solid bubbles, combine these three ingredients in a bottle:
Another recipe calls for a different ratio of the same three ingredients:
You can try both and experiment. After you’ve mixed everything, let cool before heading out. When you’re ready, go out with your bubble wand and blow some bubbles. The trick is to blow them up in the air so that they have time to solidify before hitting the ground.
Snowmen are easy. Have you ever tried to build a snow squirrel? If you have young artists at home, they can create their own animal zoo from snow. Have at it!
In Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder wakes up one morning to find the ground covered with soft, thick snow. It’s sugar snow, Pa says. Sugar snow is a time of year when snow helps maple trees make more sap for maple syrup, around February or March. Once maple syrup has been boiled past the point of syrup but not quite to sugar stage, it can be poured onto snow, lifted with a small popsicle or wooden stick, and eaten as soft candy. Does it sound wonderful or what? The good news is, you don’t need to live in Canada or Vermont to make this treat, although a sugar-on-snow party complete with donuts and pickles does sound rather nice. All you need is the equivalent of a bucket of clean snow outside your front step.