Winter Break Play Activities (Part 1)
Winter break means lots of extra free time for kids who are out of school. Now, especially, is the perfect time to find new activities to keep kids playing and learning without the virtual classroom. We’ve put together a list of five winter activities – one for each day of the week – to keep kids busy when the weather gets chilly.
Day 1 – Snow Ice Cream
This tasty treat is not only simple and delicious, but it’s also an easy way for kids to help in the kitchen. All you need for this recipe is:
- 8 cups of fresh snow or shaved ice
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk (any kind)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Optional toppings (e.g. sprinkles)
Using a whisk, mix the non-snow ingredients together in a small bowl. Once combined, go out and grab some fresh clean snow. Stir it into the liquid mixture until you get to a fluffy consistency. Top with sprinkles or chocolate drizzle for a pop of color. Serve immediately because it melts quickly. Enjoy!
Day 2 – Handprint Snowflake
Just like the lines on your hand, every snowflake is unique. Make your own handprint snowflake using white paint, construction paper and a clean, dry hand.
Cover your hand in paint and press down on the paper multiple times while rotating your hand to make a snowflake pattern. Imagine your palm as the middle and your fingers as the branches of the snowflake. Try making unique designs with your fingertips to make it even more special.
Day 3 – Mosaic Snowman
Think outside of the box with this snowman creation. You’ll need scissors, glue and different colors of construction paper. Start by cutting out various shapes and colors to represent the body and accessories (hat, scarf, nose, etc.). The pieces should be small, random shapes, similar to mosaic tiles. Next, arrange the pieces in an abstract way that represents the snowman and begin gluing down. Your snowman can be tall, wide, wearing a top hat or even pink!
Day 4 – Snow Dough
When outdoor winter playtime is done but kids aren’t ready to stop playing and exploring with snow, just bring the fun indoors. Snow dough is soft, moldable and cool like snow, but without the melty mess. To make snow dough, mix equal parts corn starch and lotion until the dough forms. When it begins to stick together, knead the dough with dry hands until it reaches the desired consistency. If it’s too sticky, just add more cornstarch.
Have kids use the dough to build a snowman or other winter-themed item. Or, put the snow dough in a bin with toys and scoops to keep the mess contained.
Day 5 – Frozen Bubbles
This is a fun activity for those days with temperatures that dip below freezing. You’ll need a bubble wand and bubble solution. If you don’t have any bubbles left over from the summer, you can easily make your own by mixing one part dish soap with three parts water.
Bring your bubble mixture outside and let the fun begin! Let the bubble sit on the wand after you blow it to see it slowly freeze and transform into a crystal ball up close. If you don’t have a bubble wand, you can make your own by using a straw or a plastic funnel.
Looking for more winter-themed activities to keep kids busy? Check out our Winter Break Play Activities (Part 2) blog post for even more ideas to try over break.
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