Two for the outdoors and one for the frigid, stay-inside day!
Our family happens to live in a place where there is snow on the ground five months out of the year. It’s fun for about 7 days and then it gets old quickly. I have only lived through one “winter 2017” but I don’t wish those 6 months on anyone – I think I counted 62 straight days of snow… and I swear it was the beginning of my downfall into depression (seriously). I had a 2-year old at the time, was pregnant with my second, and I would dig far and wide to find activities to keep us sane. Here are 3 activities we did more than one time that year because becoming an alcoholic wasn’t an option:
- Big pile of snow
- Small plastic bowl
- Dish soap
- Food coloring
- Baking soda
Make a big pile of snow then put a shallow plastic bowl in the top. Fill the bowl with white vinegar, add a little dish soap and food coloring. Lastly, add a heaping tablespoon of baking soda, mix, and watch the explosion! You can continue to add various colors to the volcano by adding baking soda when it stops bubbling which keeps the “lava” flowing. Or to make this activity last longer, make a few volcanoes, each with a different color.
Fun With Food Coloring:
- 3-5 plastic bowls
- 3-5 bottles of food coloring
- Any water toys (I used a spray bottle, squeezy pouch, and water gun)
Fill each plastic bowl with water and drop 2-3 drops of food coloring to turn the water desired color. Repeat with all bowls and food coloring. Take items outside and allow child to fill and re-fill their water toys and spray, squirt, and paint the snow. If kids are dressed appropriately, this activity takes up lots of fun-filled time!
- Large Box (a reason to save those Amazon Boxes!)
- 5 paper cups
- Plastic balls or fake snowballs
- Optional: decorating items for the box (we used wrapping paper, colored tape, post-it notes, and sharpies)
Take the cardboard box and cut out one side so it sits on 3 of the box flaps. Cut string into 5 different lengths (but short enough so they won’t hit the floor when taped into the box). Take the paper cups and tape a piece of string to the bottom of the cup. Tape the opposite side of the string to the inside of the box. You should end up with 5 paper cups floating freely inside the box once flipped over. Place the box on the floor or a shelf and start target practicing with your kids!
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