The weather is turning all across the country and most have placed their bets on a very cold winter ahead. If you’re already looking forward to the snowy future that awaits, you may be dreaming up what to do in this new winter wonderland.
Luckily for you, there are a number of games to play in the snow that would be more than enjoyable for kids of any age. If you’re hoping to keep your family entertained through the colder months, games of this kind could make a big difference.
What are some games that are sure to go over well no matter your kids’ interests? Read on and we’ll walk you through a few chilly favorites.
1. Snow Sculpture Competition
Everyone knows how fun of a pastime it can be to get outside and craft a snowman. However, what if you encouraged your kids to push their creativity and craft something new?
Having an overall snow sculpture competition can be a great way to have some fun in the snow and encourage your kids to pursue their inner artist. They can craft whatever they want and you can even play a fun guessing game as you try to reason out what they might be sculpting as it comes together.
You can encourage a little friendly competition among the family to see who crafts the most out-of-the-box sculpture and take a vote at the end to see who wins. If you’d rather stray away from the competition element, it can also just be fun to see what your family comes up with.
If you need some added fun, you can also provide props from your house that each person will need to integrate into their snow sculpture. This can help to spur some creativity and provide an active challenge.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going out and building a traditional snowman together if that’s where your heart lies! The most important thing is that you’re spending quality time together and getting out of the house.
2. Snowball Games
There are a number of fun games to play simply by balling up a little snow in your hand and giving it a good toss.
Of course, the classic snowball fight is always a hoot and something your kids will spring into at their own will. However, if you need something with a little more structure and a little less chaos, there’s a lot of other snowball-based games that you can enjoy with your children.
A snowball toss is an enduring and exciting one. It’s as simple as throwing a hula hoop on the ground or staking out a circle. Stand some yards away and toss the snowballs in that direction. If you get it in the circle, you score a point.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can craft different circles within your largest circle. The more towards the center you land, the more points you can score. In this way, the game works a little like a skeeball arcade game.
You can use a snofling to help keep your hands warm and the game going.
You can also launch into a game of freeze tag using snowballs. Instead of tagging one another to freeze another player, one will have to hit them with a snowball.
This brings more fun and is the literal definition of “freeze.”
3. Sled Race
Have a big hill in a park somewhere near your home? All you’ll need is two sleds to ensure you’ll have a big afternoon of fun in the snow ahead of you.
Take those two sleds to the top of the hill and see who amongst you can get to the bottom first. There’s not a lot of skill involved in this race, it’s mostly physics and luck, but that won’t stop your kids from wanting to do it again and again and again.
As long as the hill is big enough, you can do this with as many racers as you’d like at any given moment. You can send three or four sleds down as long as you have the tubes or sleds in your possession.
You can also always take the racing element out of the equation and send just one kid down the hill at a time.
4. Smile the Snowman
Remember the classic kids game pin the tail on the donkey? You can do much of the same thing out in the snow but with your friend Jack Frost. Craft a snowman with a blank face and keep a number of materials nearby, such as berries, bark, coal, and moss.
Use a blindfold to hide the eyes of the individual whose turn it is and give them a few good spins. Once they are nice and disoriented, send them in the direction of the snowman and see if they can manage to put eyes, nose, mouth, and ears in something resembling the proper place.
Odds are, it won’t be so easy, but the results are always entertaining. Smile the Snowman is a great way to pass the time while out in the snow on a perfect winter day.
Best Games to Play in the Snow
If the thought of that first snowfall is already getting you excited, you may want to hop right into planning your winter activities. The above games to play in the snow are sure to be a hit with your family and represent just a few of the amazing activities you can engage in once that white stuff hits the ground.
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