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Things to do in the winter.

7 Easy Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Have you heard? The Polar Vortex is gearing up and I want to have a few ideas ready to go for the kids for when we are stuck at home. I have personally tried these activities with my children over the past few years and they request them often when they know snow is on the way. These activities are great for indoor and outdoor winter activities. Here are our favorites:

Snow Ice Cream

Don’t be fooled, this is actually pretty good and the flavors and varieties are endless! This is the base recipe, but feel free to add or mix things up to suit your family!

Base Recipe:

5-6 cups of snow*

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla


Put 3 cups of snow in a bowl. Mix milk, sugar, and vanilla. Add 2-3 cups of more snow & continue to mix. Top with sprinkles and serve.

* Tip: find the cleanest area usually away from trees. The best snow is freshly fallen!!

Snow Volcano

This fun science experiment takes the mess outside! How great is that! Build the volcano, mix the ingredients, then watch it explode! It is the perfect mix of fun and learning!

Snow Paint

Do you want to build a snowman? I bet you sang that last line, didn’t you. I like to make thing a bit smaller like turtles or snakes. Then make your snow creation come to life with snow paint!

All you need are a few dollar tree spray bottle (one for each color). Next, mix food coloring and water into bottle. I use a lot of food color to make it vibrant. I made all the colors in the rainbow and we started with primary colors; red, yellow, and blue. Then we mixed those colors to make secondary; green (yellow+3 blue), orange (yellow + 3 red), and purple (red + 3 blue). You may need to experiment to get the colors just right.

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My daughter’s custom made creative blanket fort.

Blanket Fort

This one seems like a no brainer, but it is simply one of the best ways to make your time spent inside a little more creative. Take it to the next level by having your kids draw up a sketch of their ideas. Encourage them to add secret doors, windows, and exits. Or have them design a restraint fort with a menu or store. Large boxes are great to for this also!

Balloon Rocket

Who likes rockets? All you need for this contraption are balloons, string, straws, and tape. To turn it into a rocket race by attaching two strings into parallel lines.

– Leave one end loose and not attached.

– Thread a straw into the one end.

– Blow up a balloon without tying end and tape is to the straw while still holding the end of the balloon.

– Count down to release and see who the winner is!

– Play as many times as you’d like.

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Balloon Tennis

Take painters sticks and tape to one side of a paper plate. Blow up a balloon and tap it back and forth. Or give each child their own balloon and play don’t touch the floor where to object of the game is to hit your balloon in the air and not let it hit the ground.

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Indoor Ninja Course

Secret Ninja Course

This is a great way to get your body moving! You will need a hallway or narrow space and painters tape for this activity. Starting lower and making your way up, cross-cross the tape in all different directions. Make sure there is enough space between the tape that your child can fit through. Then have the kiddos crawl and weave through the maze of tape trying not to get stuck! I ran out of painters tape, so I used some left over birthday streamers. This worked fined, but may not be suitable for very young kids as they tear easily.

When you are stuck at home, these are our go-to activities to keep our brains and bodies active. What do you like to do when stuck at home? Leave a comment below.

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