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5 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Fun

Posted by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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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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jryberg
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

These look like great ideas!

timon95
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

sounds like some great ideas! now, al we need is snow!

BabyTeki
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM
My son would love the bubble idea!
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keeckhardt
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM
These would be great things to do if it actually gets cold.
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bwsmommy
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

 We just need colder weather here =( .. its only 38 tonight .. and was in the 50's today .. i just want snow !!

MichelleK41
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Ohhhhh good ideas, thanks for sharing. =)

.Angelica.
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM

those sound fun, too bad we need snow for them. lol

meglennox
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM

 i would love to try the freezing bubbles but we live in the south lol hardly any snow comes this way

TheBabyFactory4
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
That's what i wa thinking. Im in south Louisiana and while it may get cold at night it sure warms up during the day

Quoting keeckhardt:

These would be great things to do if it actually gets cold.
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Wish2Be
by on Dec. 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM

I cant do any of these....Florida is no fun during th winter :(

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