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Fun Family Winter Activites
Don’t let winter get you down! Even if you live where the weather is frightful, there are plenty of delightful activities for you and your family to do. We compiled a list of some of our favorite ideas here, along with a few tips and useful products to help you get the most out of your experience!
- Build a snowman or a snow fort
- Go sledding or snow tubing
- Go skiing
- Make snow angels
- Have a snowball fight
- Snow paint (see details below!)
All you need is empty spray bottles, water and food coloring! Rinse out the bottles, fill them with water and add 20 drops of food coloring to each bottle. Start with 1 bottle each of red, blue and yellow. If you have more bottles, you can create more colors by combining them (just like in art class)!
- 10 drops of red + 10 drops of blue = purple
- 10 drops of red + 10 drops of yellow = orange
- 10 drops of blue + 10 drops of yellow = green
Your kids will love spray painting snow men, snowballs or just drawing pictures on that big white snow canvas!
- Rent a cabin in the woods
- Go on a self-guided holiday light tour
- Collect pinecones and small evergreen branches to create a centerpiece
- Take a hike through the woods
- Blow bubbles and watch them freeze (below 32° F)
- Set up an “ice gem” treasure hunt for the kids (see details below!)
Ice gems are simply ice cubes that have been made with food coloring. Fill an ice tray with water, add 2 or 3 drops of food coloring to each compartment and put it in the freezer. Use different colors to represent different types of gems (rubies, emeralds, sapphires, etc.).
Once frozen, hide the frozen gems around the yard in various places. Provide each child with something to collect their gems in – a Tiny Utility Tote or Littles Carry-AllTM Caddy are perfect for this – and start the hunt! One word of warning, the food coloring does start to come off as the ice cubes are handled frequently or if the weather is warm enough that they start to melt.
- Build a cozy blanket fort with lights
- Set up an indoor scavenger hunt
- Bake cookies
- Make paper snowflakes
- Make bird feeders (see below for details!)
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts, if desired
- Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In large bowl, beat softened butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed or with spoon until fluffy.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour mixture just until blended and dough is stiff. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown (center will be soft). Cool 2 minutes. Remove cookies and place on cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
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