Ah, Snow Days! Love them or hate them, snow days are a part of life most winters here in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do when snow hits, especially if the bad roads keep you from traveling.
In this post, we have 20 easy ways to pass the time on a snow with nature themed play...
...whether you live in a house of snow lovers or are wishing that spring would hurry up already. :)
Outdoor Ideas for Winter Lovers:
1. Have a hill nearby? Go sledding.
2. Don’t have a hill? Tie a rope to a sled and go for a trip with the kids around the neighborhood.
3. Change things up and make a snow animal instead of a snow person.
4. Like making sandcastles at the beach? How about a snow castle or snow fort instead?
5. Is it Icy out? Crack off a piece of ice and use a scientist’s powers of observation to have a closer look.
6. If you have a magnifying glass, bring it outdoors for exploration.
7. Have a budding chemist on your hands? Use clean snow to make snow ice cream.
8. Want to memorialize your snow day? Save a snowball in your freezer to bring out later in the summer time.
9. Try out this project and make some ice ornaments.
10. Have a snow ball fight or find a stick to make a drawing in the snow.
11. Bring out legos, plastic animals, or blocks for imaginary world building and turn that snow into magical world.
Indoor Ideas for Those Ready for Spring:
12. Snuggle up together to watch a nature documentary.
13. Read a story about an summertime outdoor expedition (A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh is an outdoor adventure themed classic).
14. Grab some paper (or a Field Guide from our trail packets) and work on creating your own habitat.
15. Draw an entire imaginary world where it never snows.
16 Practice taking photographs through your window of the snow…or a video.
17. Make paper snow flakes for your windows.
18. Dress up like an animal or use your stuffed creatures play pretend jungle.
19. Plant seeds in containers in springtime anticipation.
20. Work together as a family to plan your first outdoor adventure once the snow melts.
What about you? What kinds of nature play do you like to do when it’s snowy out?
Bryna R. Campbell