Winter is here and where we live that means snow. Lots and lots of snow…and then more snow, add to that snow on top of snow, and well, you get the picture!
So, this post is all about things to do in the snow. For those of you who live where there is no snow, not even in winter – I am sorry, not sorry! I really envy you this time of the year as today we are currently home for the second snow day in a row, spent 2 hours without power this morning, the tree guys have been on our street trimming branches for 3 hours (which is nice we won’t have to worry about branches on wires again this winter, but I mean the noise) and let’s not even mention the cold. I despise temperatures below 50 and really miss the days of living in Florida or even Virginia during the long winter months. But I digress…anyways, I am sorry (not sorry) that all you warm, Southern readers will not find any ideas in this post unless of course you are crazy enough to plan a vacation in the frozen tundra, I mean North. 🙂
Anyways, while I personally despise cold weather, there are quite a few outside activities that can only be done in the snow and cold winter temperatures. Even in winter getting outside is important, perhaps even more vital to our health and well being than during warm weather. When the frigid temps begin to hit and the shorter days are here, I know far to many of us tend to hibernate in our warm, cozy homes as much as possible. Bad idea. Inside with the furnaces running, drying out our air, re-circulating germs and bacteria…ewww. Therefore it is important that we get outside during the daylight hours every day, even if only for a few minutes. The more we are out soaking up sun (vitamin D) and breathing in that wonderful, fresh cool air, the more our bodies will thank us. Even better…because it is cold out, we want to keep moving when we are outside and that leads to us getting some much needed exercise. Moving will help us stay warm, get the blood flowing, increase our circulation, help muscles stay healthy and build strong bones. Contrary to many beliefs, being out in cold weather will not give you a cold. Dress warm and appropriately, avoid sick people and being outdoors will actually help you stay healthy.
So, if you haven’t, try one or more of the suggested activities below. Or perhaps relive out a childhood favorite. Introduce your children to something you enjoyed when you were younger. Take up a new activity that you always wanted to try, but never have. Have fun!
- Do you want to build a snowman?
- When the snow is just right, build a tiny village of snow people, or one giant snow monster!
- Build an igloo
- There are many ways to do this – save up those milk cartons, fill with water, freeze and build one out of ice
- Create pathways in the snow around your yard
- Children have so much fun with this one, they create houses complete with different rooms or even whole towns. Teach them games like “What Time is it Mr Fox?” from your childhood…perfect for snowy paths.
- Find an awesome hill and go sledding
- Down hill Skiing
- Cross country skiing
- many ski resorts will have trails for this even if you don’t have ones near you and they rent skis as well.
- Try out snow shoeing
- Actually much more difficult than many people realize and if you get good at it, there are races/marathons you can enter!
- Get some friends together for a game of Hockey
- Remember ice safety – never go out onto untested ice
- Ice Skating
- Be sure to have the ice tested for safety!
- Some of you who don’t live in the cold can do this too on indoor rinks…just as fun!
- Ice fishing
- Again, please be safe about being out on the ice!
- Go for a snow mobile ride
- If you don’t have your own, a lot of places rent them now…just be sure to follow marked trails/laws for your area.
- Great way to build muscle and get in that cardio. If you have a small walk way, shovel a neighbor’s walk as well.
- Another way to spread some kindness throughout your neighborhood by shoveling those who struggle with it or can’t
- Possible way for older kids to earn some extra spending money
- Take a walk through the woods and look for animal tracks
- Bring a book or your phone to help you identify which animal left them
- Set up a target and throw snowballs!
- You know kids are always going to try to do this even if we tell them not too, so make it into a game!
- Spray paint snow art
- Fill spray bottles with water/food coloring and let them go to town!
- Fill balloons with colored water, freeze and make solid “marbles” to decorate your walk way.
- Ever try blowing bubbles in freezing temps?
- Freshly fallen snow? Create snow Angels!
- Not sure why, but my 5 yr old is obsessed with this activity this winter and thinks it is hilarious.
- Snow faces
- While the younger one prefers snow angels, my older ones have been having contests by putting their faces in the fresh snow and seeing who can create the better print.
- Snow Sculptures
- When I was in grade school we used to have competitions among the different grades – maybe have one in your neighborhood?
- Snow Relay Games
- Think of all the fun you have in summer playing games…make up some new winter ones and get your friends involved!
These are just a few ideas to help you get out and enjoying the winter time fun that snow and ice bring. I am sure you can come up with even more! Share some of your family’s favorites in the comment section, we’d love to hear them.
Above all, stay warm, play safe and don’t forget to have some hot cocoa/tea when you get back inside!