5 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Fun

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

Do you remember when you were a child, playing in the snow and inventing games and activities to keep yourself busy? Provided that the temperatures are at safe levels for your children to play outside, winter does not mean children have to stay indoors. Pass those fun winter ideas from your childhood on to your children with this list of 5 fun winter activities!

Make Snow Angels

Who doesn’t remember making snow angels? Lie down face up toward the sky. Swing your arms up and down and legs open and closed. Carefully get up so you can see the angel you created. Ask your child which one is the biggest? How about the smallest? Suggest that you make a double angel by having your child make an angel within your angel.

Animal Tracks

Freshly fallen snow just begs for footprints! have your kids create animal tracks for this fun activity. Check a field guide out of the library and let them study what different animal tracks look like. Then they can use different tools (wooden spoons, spades, empty spools, or whatever you have around the house) to recreate the tracks on your lawn. They might be able to trick neighbors into thinking a deer has run across their front yard!

Cardboard Sledding

Use one side of a cardboard box (about 12 inches square) to use as a sliding carpet. Who can slide down the farthest? Who’s the fastest? Take a bigger piece of cardboard and sit on it together and go for a tandem ride. Sliding can be done on a hill with snow, on sand or on the grass.

Snow Painting

Grab some empty spray bottles and fill them with water. Add a few drops of food coloring (or washable tempera powder paint) and shake them up. Put rubber dishwashing gloves over your child’s mittens and let your child spray art onto the snow. Play outdoor Pictionary or Tic-tac-toe. Can you figure out the drawings? Can you write letters?

Winter Bubble Magic

Have you ever seen bubbles freeze? This is a really fun activity for a winter day! Here’s what you will need: 10 cups of water 1 cup of dishwashing detergent, preferably Joy or Dawn 1/4 cup glycerin (available at natural food and craft stores) plastic bucket plastic bubble wand 1. Mix the water, detergent, and glycerin in a bucket. 2. Take the bucket and bubble wand outside on a really cold day, when the thermometer is reading 0 degrees or below. 3. Dip your wand in the bucket and blow gently through the wand to create a bubble. What happened to your bubble? Did it freeze? What happens when you blow your bubbles out into the cold winter wind? 4. Try to keep your bubble on the wand. Allow the bubble to freeze. What happens to the bubble’s color when it freezes? Experiment with your bubbles on different days. How does the temperature affect the bubbles?

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Amanda Formaro (345 Posts)

Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at AmandaFormaro.com. You’ll find her craft projects at CraftsbyAmanda.com and her recipes on AmandasCookin.com.

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