If you can’t face a snowy walk or pulling the sledge/finding a sledging hill (again), here’s some inspiration for kid’s activities when you want to get outside in your garden in snowy or icy weather… because there are only so many snowmen you can make.
Thanks to North Leeds Mumbler for some great ideas!
Create an Ice Decoration
Find some pretty pieces of nature, pop them into large Yorkshire pudding trays or muffin baking trays, top up with water, add some string and leave to freeze.
Take out your watercolours (or even better use natural dyes) and get creative in the snow! If you’re lacking inspiration, why not use your snowmen as life-size models!!
We got creative today with some spray bottles, filled with water and food colouring. The kids were baking ice cakes (see below) and sprayed them to decorate.
Blow some bubbles
Bubbles act very differently in colder weather; they stay floating a lot longer and dont pop when they land on ice, so you can create some fabulous bubble structures!
If it’s REALLY cold weather, dip a straw into some bubble mixture (with a squirt of washing up liquid added for good measure) and gently blow onto a surface. Your kids will love seeing the bubble magically freeze!
Toddlers might enjoy trying to get plastic toys out of the ice!
If you have time, fill some rubber gloves with water (even better, add a few drops of food colouring) and leave them outside overnight to freeze. In the morning, run the gloves under cold water to help remove the gloves without the fingers breaking.
Snowballs don’t just have to be thrown at each other! Get some target practice! Draw some circles with chalk on a walk and get the kids to take aim. Practice maths too!
Salt and Ice Experiment
Have a play with the effect of salt on ice. This works great if you’ve frozen some objects too!
Fill balloons up with water and leave them outside. The next day play boules or marbles with them!
Proof that buckets and spades aren’t just for the beach, make a Snow Castle creation. Show’s a lot more stable than sand, so you can make some amazing designs.
Follow the trail
All you need is a start line and footprints in the snow! Some close together, some far apart some jumps. Children must follow the trail!
Pin the nose on the snowman
Have you already made snowman? Put them to good use before they fade with a twist on the classic game. If the snows not quite right, try putting the hat on the snowman instead.
A snowy mud kitchen
Ooooh think of the fun making slushy feasts!! If you don’t have a mud kitchen, just get out some pots, pans, wooden spoons and a whisk. You could even add a drop of food dye for them.
Spot animal tracks
Get exploring and find animal tracks. What animals do you think they come from? What do you think they were doing?