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This month I'm taking a leap of faith, hoping that we get some snow, you know a decent amount that causes some traffic problems but we can actually have some fun with. So I am going to give you a whole bunch of snow fun ideas, don't worry I have included some that don't need it to actually snow. As always here are some snow colouring pictures to kick us off. Just click on one to print it off.
These ice luminaries are so easy to make! At this time of year, the days are so short and it’s so cold outside, that it’s kind of fun to take advantage of it, and do a craft that is perfect for both cold and dark weather! (Because honestly, how many activities can you really do with that combination??). All you need are some balloons and some battery powered tea lights which you can find at most pound shops.
Fill up the balloons with water. As you can see, we really don’t have the ideal tap for making water balloons. You need to cover the whole nozzle with the balloon, otherwise the water will spray everywhere and they won’t fill.
Fill up the balloon to be as big as you plan to have your ice luminary: You can make yours bigger, or smaller, but if they are going in the snow, small isn’t great since they will end up sinking down. They also have to be big enough to completely cover the tea light. Now you are going to stick them in the freezer and leave them at the very least overnight, possibly more. Place the tea lights where you want them in the snow, and then put the ice balls on top. If you really want, you can take your balloons out before they have fully frozen so that there is just a shell of ice. I’ve seen other people use this ice shell with real flaming tea lights. I haven’t tried it myself, but they say the light it gives off is beautiful!
These ice lanterns take about 5 minutes to prepare, maybe a day to freeze, and another 5 minutes to set up after they are frozen. They are super cheap to make, and extremely unique! Scatter them outside in the landscape for a beautiful effect!
Things to try in the snow
Now I know it is looking unlikely that we are going to get any snow this year but fingers crossed we do and if so, you can be prepared with these great ideas.
Frozen Hula Hoops. Just trying to do this in the snow is tricky let alone with jumpers coats and gloves on. Give it a try. Someone will fall over.
Snow Critters - Rather than making the basic snow man, why not try to make an array of snow creepy crawley's using twigs and berries that you can find on a short walk in the snow.
For the birds - I love this idea, the kids get a nice snack with the orange segments, then you fill the hollowed out orange with seeds and hang them up. Once in place get some good pictures of our feathered friends and post them on the Wayne Wonder Facebook page to win prizes.
Frozen Naughts & Crosses - I love this simple idea, pine cones for naughts and sticks for crosses
Frozen Moulds - if you got any cake moulds or pans in the kitchen, fill them with snow to make Frozen Elsa castles or a frozen buffet for the snowman to eat.
Ice Scavanger Hunt - This is my favourite idea and I will be trying it if we get snow. Fill ice cube trays with different coloured water just by adding a little food colouring to different cubes. Once frozen, hide them in the garden for the kids to find. A prize for whoever gets the most or if they find them all is a good idea. Maybe their favourite ice lolly or a hot chocolate with marshmallow treat?
Snowball Toss - make a ring using the water spray I have detailed below and then see who can get their snowballs in the ring. Make it harder by standing further away.
Things don't get much easier than this and it allows for some great creative play that washes away naturally. All you need are spray bottles that you can get from anywhere, food colouring and some water. To create your DIY Snow Paint, remove the tops of the spray bottles and fill them with water. Then, add enough dye to get the color you are after. I used a pretty good amount of dye to make the color vibrant and bright! Screw the lid back on the bottle, and give it a good shake. Round up your artists, and make sure that they are wearing their nice warm snow clothes! Believe me, they are going to spend hours outside creating, coloring, and painting every inch of snow in your yard.
This is a great easy idea to do once your frozen enough outside and your ready to come in and warm up. Paint your foot white, making sure you have put down lots of mats or paper to keep any mess off the floor. Stamp your foot on coloured craft paper. I think a nice icy blue colour paper would work best. Once this is dry you can add the details to finish your snowman off. You have two options here. You can cut the shapes out for details using craft paper, felt or foam etc but I prefer to draw the details with a pencil and let your little ones colour them in with felt tips.
Home made snow
I bought a sled after the last time it really snowed well in the south of England and it hasn't snowed since! That was at least three years ago, I really want to go sledding with my daughter but it's not looking like tis going to happen this year. Now if it doesn't end up snowing you can always try this home made stuff. You can't sled on it but it can be lots of fun to play with at home. You can try it in the bath but just doing it with a bucket of water works well too. All you need is baking soda and water. That's it! To make the bath snow slowly add water to the desired amount of baking soda until it is mold-able and damp but not too wet. If you accidentally add tooo much water just add more baking soda. Then pop the snow in the freezer for half an hour or longer before it's time to play. This makes the snow cold and crunchy JUST LIKE REAL SNOW!
Thats it for another month folks, I hope you do try some of these ideas out. Make sure you check out some of my other packs before you leave, just click on the pictures below. Please do tell your friends about this blog and let me know how you get on through my Facebook Page too. I love hearing back from parents that have tried these ideas out.