Although it might seem hard to believe, kids can get bored in an ocean of snow. Despite being out of school and free to play outside in a winter wonderland, kids can still find a way to “have absolutely nothing to do” during winter. Over the years, this has forced our family to come up with some pretty creative snow activities. These will not appeal to everyone, but they certainly worked for us. Here are 5 Fun Snow Activities You Probably Have Never Heard Of, but our favorites in our family!
5 Fun Snow Activities You Probably Have Never Heard Of
1. Build a shelter: Most people out there have seen the show “Survivorman” or something like it where the host puts himself in the middle of nowhere and tries to survive for a week with no tools or help. We like to do our own version in our local woods. The difference is that we focus on the snow shelter building exercises. If you have never learned this important life skill, you should do so ASAP. There are many different kinds of shelters and you can find some great building info right here. It is also tons of fun for the whole family and builds teamwork. It just so happens that it might save your lives one day.
2. Buried Treasure: What kid or partygoer would not love hunting for buried treasure? When you walk outside to an ocean of white powder, it only seems natural to bury something in it. Gather some friends, have one person “bury” something worth winning, and have the friends go searching. This is fun no matter how old the guests are.
3. Catapult: When I was growing up, snowballs were meant to be launched. We did not care for simple throwing. We wanted something that could send them flying over the clouds. See who can build the best slingshot, catapult, or any device that can launch some snowballs. This is tons of fun and can waste hours at a time.
4. Frozen Bubbles: When the temperatures drop way down and you want to have some good old scientific type fun, break out the bubble makers. It is a ton of fun to watch them freeze and your kids will get particularly tickled by the process. Try blowing frozen bubbles the next time you get some cold weather and snow.
5. Frozen Tag: We all have heard of “tag” and most of us have heard of “freeze tag” too. Have you ever heard of “frozen tag” though? Frozen tag is simply playing freeze tag in the snow. When you are tagged by whomever is “it” you have to freeze and not move a muscle. Once a partner in the game tags you then you are free to run again. The object is to have two teams race to a home base without all being caught and every member getting there. Split up into three equal teams and make one team “it” and the other two racers. This is epic fun in the snow because running is so tough. Make sure to clear the playing area of dangers.