Snow days are meant to be exciting days, especially for those of us still young and adventurous enough to get out in it and play. There are always the classics: building a snowman, making snow angels, sledding, and snowball fights. But for those who are looking to mix things up and get innovative with snow-time activities, there are some less-talked-about options.
For some of us, times of snow are few and far between and require a maximum amount of motivation and activities to enjoy while we can. For others, for several months of the year, snow is so omnipresent in our lives, by March, it’s difficult to think of it positively at all. Whatever the case, having a few good snow projects might make a huge difference in our perspective.
So, pull up the snow pants, don the hat, scarf, and the thick socks, because it’s time to brave the frost for some fun.
1. Snow Graffiti
A great thing about snow is that, unless one finds themselves at the far southern or northern reaches of the planet, it will eventually disappear. Or, it’ll be covered up by the next flurry. In the meantime, snow graffiti is a pretty cool project to add some color to the scene. It’s as easy as making colored water and using that to make pictures. Remember, paints, inks, and dyes can contaminate the environment for opt for natural colorants. For the perfectionist, there are stencils, and for Pollack enthusiasts, it’s a great time to splatter away.
2. Make a Castle
No one really knows how it happened — must have been a good PR rep — but sand has long seemed to have exclusive rights to the castle project. That doesn’t have to be the case. Snow makes amazing snow castles. In fact, they can easily grow to be much larger than sand castles, and the snow is easier to shape and pack into something that sticks. This one, though, is going to require a good waterproof pair of gloves.
3. Powdery Putt-Putt
Golfing in the snow, for some reason, isn’t a thing, but miniature golf could soon become so at any snow lover’s house. It’s the perfect medium for DIY putt-putt courses. Snow can be packed into different “holes”, and the actual holes can be created with nothing more than an empty soup can. Pack the snow into interesting contours and bury the can down to the rim. Not only is the course fun to make, but using it can provide another few rounds of entertainment.
4. Pin the Parts on the Snowman
After all is said and done and the snowman has been built, the pictures taken, the song sung, it’s time to get some extra mileage out of all that work. Take away the buttons, the nose, the stick arms, and teach the kids a game akin to pin the tail on the donkey. This time it’ll be a snowman who’s made to look ridiculous, and the children involved will have a great laugh.
5. Snowball Tossing Contest
Not unlike a miniature golf course (or a Frisbee golf course), a series of targets can be placed around the yard, park, or neighborhood to create an exciting game. The object is to simply toss snowballs and hit the target. To add, snowballs could be made beforehand by each team or person. It’s all basic, but it might just distract snowball throwers from tossing them at each other.
6. Melting Mandala Meditation
Buddhist monks spend hours — days even — making intricate, beautiful designs out of sand, which they then promptly destroy. Well, this works a little differently but with the same concept. Choose some molds — cookie cutters, bowls, stamps, fabric, whatever — and create patterns in the snow. The artwork can be stunning, but it’s important not to get overly-attached. The next snowfall will bury it, or tomorrow’s heatwave will melt it away. Mandalas are amazing.
Suffice it to say, these projects can occupy the little ones for hours on snow days over the winter. They encourage creativity and get them in touch with the environment around them. They are great reasons to get bundled up, face the cold, and spend some time outside.
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