’Tis the season for snowball fights, forts, and Frosty the Snowman! This winter, grab your boots and mittens and head outside with the kids as they build their first snowman, go sledding, or make snow angels. Warm up with a nice cup of hot cocoa afterward.
A fun activity to do outside with the kids is to make snow paint! This isn’t done very often, so it’s a unique opportunity to get your kids excited about playing in the snow. Simply add food coloring to water, fill a spray bottle, go outside and paint your yard!
Don’t forget to protect your little ones from the bitter cold. We have an assortment of hats and gloves in our store that will keep your kids warm and stylish!
While all these outdoor activities are a blast, we know that some days are too bitter to go outside with the kids, so we put together a list of indoor activities that can be equally as fun during the cold months.
Don’t worry about lacing up the boots this year; this kid-friendly activity can be done indoors using your socks and a couple sheets of wax paper! Cover your floor in the wax paper (most surfaces work well), stand on the pieces, and glide as if you were ice skating!
Build a Snowman
Grab the conditioner from the bathroom and open your cupboards to find some baking soda. Mix a ⅓ cup of the conditioner with 3 cups of baking soda, and BAM! (If you don’t have white conditioner the color is going to change, so you might have to make a trip to the store before the snow piles up just in case!) You now have snow for an indoor day of fun! This sensory game lets the kids get out some of their pent-up energy from being inside for too long during cold winter days. The homemade snow molds easily and is cool to the touch. You don’t have to worry about smell or clean-up either. Both products dissolve almost immediately when introduced to water, and anything that made it to the floor can be swept up with no problems!
If you’re still worried about the mess, check out this cute snowman mobile (https://bit.ly/2Bic5tr) you can make using paper plates, construction paper, and office supplies you already have tucked away!
Make Candy-Cane Goo and Learn about Science!
Ingredients – corn flour, water, peppermint essence (feel free to use some essential oils!), and red food coloring. To make the goo, simply pour some corn flour into a bowl and add cold water slowly until you get the desired consistency. You will want to make two batches, one with just water and corn flour and a second with the added food coloring in it. Swirl the two together and add a hint of peppermint essence to create a fun scientific goo that smells a little like Christmas!
To learn about the science behind the goo check out Science Spark’s blog!