As our local temps have started to drop and the snow continues to fall, I’ve been super excited to do all things cold-weather with my kids. So I came up with a short list of cold-weather-friendly activities everyone can enjoy (without risking frostbite). When you’re ready to spend 40 minutes bundling up to spend 3 minutes outside, give these must do snow activities a try!
1. Blowing Bubbles
This one is really fun, but can get messy if you aren’t careful. The trick to this is to make sure the solution is kind of cold to begin with, and then blow the bubbles, catch one on the wand, and watch it crystallize. Then, blow it off the wand and watch it shatter!
- A Bubble Wand – I find that a straw works well good!
- Bubble Solution – if you don’t have any already made bubble solution at home, you can mix one part water with 3 parts dish soap.
- A cup or small container
Once you have your supplies, go outside and start blowing. The best part is watching them pop too! Your kids will have a blast.
2. Snow Ice Cream!
Okay, so full disclosure, when I was a freshman in college, my friend and I took a bunch of flavored creamer, poured it on snow, and ate it. And then we got super sick. So when I saw the snow ice cream kit at Target, I took a hard pass. But, now as I have grown up I realize there’s a lot that could have been going on that would lead us to pouring coffee creamer on snow in the first place that would also have resulted in us getting sick.
- 5 cups of snow
- 1 cup of heavy cream (milk can work too!)
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Just mix it all together, add sprinkles and enjoy! This is an easy activity – plus the kids can work on their measuring skills too!
Is there really anything as fun as sledding? That was a trick question. There is- and it’s sitting in your car with a toasty drink watching your kids sled. They’ll be cold, exhausted, and have a lot of fun making this timeless winter memory. But make sure you bookmark our list of sledding hills to head out this weekend!
4. Snow Wine Cooler
When life hands you lemons (or multiple days stuck inside with your kids), drink the wine. Take a page out of Olivia Wilde’s book, and toss your favorite white wine on snow to chill before pouring. Then cork it up and put it back out there until your next drink too!
5. Get Cozy Inside!
This is the BEST PART of cold-weather fun- the coming inside to snuggle under blankets, with hot chocolate, your favorite people, and a movie. Nothing makes me want to crawl under a blanket like spending some time in the cold. Make the best of what nature gave us and have some cold-weather fun with your kids!
What are your favorite cold and snow activities to do with the family?