When Snow Falls: Fun Activies with Kids

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When Snow Falls: Fun Activies with Kids
Nici Holt Cline

When snow falls, it sure does change daily rhythms and activities. Especially with children. Here are some ideas for how to harness adventuresome spirits -- whether inside or outside -- and have fun with kids.

Get Out In It!
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Get Out In It!

It might feel daunting to get out there but going outside is the best reset button. It can be as simple as a walk around the block (or just around your yard). Or, it can be an adventure: Hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoveling, ice skating. Grab your woolens and long undies and get out there! Tip: With babies and littlest kids, stay within 10 minutes of home. This maximizes your opportunity to end your adventure on a high note, should you need to book it home fast. Keep it manageable to ensure everyone has fun!

Make Play Dough
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Make Play Dough

You will need: 1 cup white flour, 1/4 cup of salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp oil, and food coloring. In a medium pot, mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Add water, oil and food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture forms a dough ball, dump onto a floured surface and knead. Tip: Wait until dough is dry (no shine) to turn onto floured surface.

Go to the Library
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Go to the Library

Your local library is an amazing resource for learning, exploration and fun. Grab a tote and lean into some good books. If you'd like, pick a subject before you go such as butterflies. Then, spend your time together researching. Come home and make art and/or books about your research.

Dance
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Dance

Move the coffee table, turn up the music and dance it out! Make a party of it and invite dolls and dress up. Take turns choosing the music. Play follow the leader or choreograph your own routine. Move, have fun with your kids.

String Popcorn
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String Popcorn

Pop some corn, grab needles and thread and have at it. Little hands LOVE to sew. And while fabric's density can frustrate the littlest fingers, popcorn is easy. Demonstrate how to thread through the soft, bulbous part of the popped corn (not the hard kernel). This needn't be specific to tree decorating; it looks cute strung up over a kid's bed, in the kitchen or on the mantle. Or, let go of the decorating all together: string it up and then eat it while watching a movie.

Go Bowling
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Go Bowling

Bowling is fun activity for people of all ages. For the littlest kids, the alley bumpers help ensure they knock pins down. For the big kids, competition is fun. (Bonus if your local alley offers nighttime disco ball bowling!)

Ski
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Ski

Skiing (both downhill and cross country) is a wonderful family activity. And, while downhill skiing does get expensive, beginners are (nearly) free! Did you know that most ski hills offer unlimited, free access to their bunny hill? They also offer deeply discounted tickets to access just the beginner runs. Second hand gear is abundant in snowy towns and you can score boots and skis for just a few dollars. Check Craigslist, your local ski swap, the newspaper giveaways or post a request on Facebook. It's amazing how many people have old gear laying around in their garage.

Make Food
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Make Food

Kids are natural cooks. They like to measure, chop (when old enough), stir and plan. Plus, involvement in food preparation is an awesome opportunity to explore new foods and develop food bravery with little ones. Three ideas: 1) Make soup: Lots of ingredients, lots of chopping and adding and stirring. If your kids are averse to chunky soup, try pureeing the result. 2) Make jam: It's quite simple and fun. Simply purchase fruit pectin at your market and follow the instructions on the label. The only other supplies you will need are jars, sugar, fruit and tongs. 3) Make pie: Forming crust is a wonderful task for children. Try making several mini pies filled with different ingredients (fruit or chocolate for something sweet, and tomato or squash for something savory).

Make Art
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Make Art

Grab a pile of materials. No need for instructions, specific materials or desire for a result. Just create. A few ideas: Marking tools (crayons, pencils, markers, paint etc), glue, beads, paper, ribbons, lace, pine needles, wrapping paper scraps, fabric scraps, rubber bands, thread... just make a pile and let the kids have at it.

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