Day 10: Snow Day! With or Without Snow

There’s nothing like a family day in the snow. If you’re lucky enough to live in snowy climates this season, try these fun ideas. If not, make indoor snowballs by stuffing white socks with fiberfill or cotton balls. Stitch a simple seam and let the games begin! (Or, just roll a ball of socks and go with the no-sew version…kids don’t care.)

Make a snow angel. Add members of your snow angel family.

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Build a snow fort. Challenge the neighbors to a family face-off.

Go sledding or tubing. No hills? Try pulling a sled behind a four-wheeler….works great for us here in Mississippi! We call it redneck sledding, and I can assure you…it’s FUN!

Paint the snow. Just add food coloring to water until you get the color you want, and then allow kids to spray away using simple spray bottles. Visit craftknife.com for more ideas with snow paint.

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Build original snow sculptures. My kids have built snow caterpillars, painting each ball a separate color and adding sticks as antennae and rocks as facial features. Other favorites have included mini-snowmen, bunnies, and angels.

Photo by Masashi Mochida

Toss Snowballs. Even Japanese macaque know it’s fun to have a snowball fight, as seen here on fooyah.com

It’s too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.” 

“They sure look ripe to me.”

Catch snowflakes on your tongue. They’re ripe. I promise.

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Make snow cream. Nothing tastes better to a kid than magical snow cream, a good ol’ fashioned recipe that has stood the test of time. Try this one from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk
 Directions

When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency. Serve at once.

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Still no snow? Make Snow Dough! Use this old standby recipe for homemade playdough, but instead of food coloring…add glitter, as suggested by Bird and Little Bird. You might even want to add a drop or two of peppermint extract.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon food coloring

Directions

Mix the dry stuff, then the wet stuff and then mix it all together.  “Dough” easy!

Now go thaw out with a mug of hot cocoa, topped with miniature marshmallow snowballs, of course.

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