By Amanda Morgan - Not Just Cute
Winter has been unusually slow in getting here this year, and my boys have been anxious! It didn't take long after that first snowflake finally fell for them to jump into their snowsuits and run out to enjoy the magic of winter. Soon, they were sledding down our small hill with neighbors, and rolling every snowflake they could find (along with a few yellowed blades of grass) into a ball big enough for a snowman. As the snowflakes begin to fly, I can be sure that soon my kids will be asking for the necessary supplies for a few of our family's favorite snowy day activities. I thought you might enjoy them too. So, in addition to the time-honored favorites like sledding and snowman building, here are three of our house specialties! Snow Painting. One of the first things my boys ask for as they head out the door is a bottle of "snow paint". It's simply colored water in a spray bottle or an old dish soap container. They take it outside and soon our backyard, blanketed in white, is simply a canvas covered in bright splashes of color. After another squall, the canvas is white again and ready for the creation of a new masterpiece.
Snow Ice Cream. If we get a really heavy snowfall, we set out bowls to collect the key ingredient for snow ice cream! With simple ingredients like cream, sugar, and vanilla, you'll quickly find yourself with a nature-made bowl of soft-serve ice cream. You want to use fresh snow, so if you see a big snowstorm heading your way, stock up for this fun recipe. Hot Chocolate Bar. Of course, the best way to cap off a fun day in the snow, is to warm up with a delicious warm drink. Make it extra special for your kids by making a spread of hot chocolate toppings. Use Pepperidge Farms' Pirouettes or candy canes for stir sticks, or set out Oreo Fun Stix as a straw, and provide a variety of tasty treats for enhancing your drinks like whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, carmels, ice cream, or flavored syrups. Half of the fun of playing outside on a snowy day is warming back up from the inside out! What are some of your favorite activities for a snowy day? (Top photo source.)
Amanda Morgan is a full time mom to three busy boys and a part-time trainer and consultant for a non-profit children's organization. She also writes at Not Just Cute, a blog focused on intentional whole child development. It's full of ideas that are more than just cute, for preschoolers who are much more than cute too.