We are looking forward to going home and hope that the snow is waiting for us in Toronto.
Here are our outdoor play ideas for winter (with snow or without):
Leigh in Women in Biz Network making a fort out of sticks.
Have a reflector hunt in the dark
Cold and no snow, make some ice art
Sand toys: Don’t put the sand toys that you used in the summer away for the winter. A bucket and shovel is as great of a toy in the winter as it is on the beach in the summer. You can use the snow the same way you use sand.
Snow angels: Of course this requires freshly fallen snow, but the best part is that you can make them anywhere. One day, my daughter and I made snow angels on every snow bank from our house to the park.
Snow tag: One of my favorite games that I played when I was little was to play tag in the snow in a big circle shape like a pizza. My father introduced this game to me when I was little. I remember we would play in our backyard, or even play it when we where stopping for rest on a road trip. It is a perfect way for little legs to burn off some energy.
Snow paint: Food coloring can be uses for so many things; it is not just limited to decorating cakes, but also for some fun activities in the snow. Our kids and the adults love making snow art in the snow.
Snowflakes are a marvel. Take a magnifying glass outside with you to observe their beauty. Are some larger than others? Are they all different? Can you find a matching pair? Count how long it takes for one to melt on your finger, tongue, or nose. Encourage your budding scientist to observe and your artist to sketch the flakes.Make a snowman or snow kids