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Winter Activities for Kids!

Winter Activities for Kids!

Blog written by: Chantelle Lourens      

Winter is in full swing! Make the most of this frosty season by staying active and embracing the outdoors.

Here are a few activities that you can do with your kids to help them enjoy the winter weather.

Snowy Muffins

For this activity, all you need is a muffin pan and nature!

Head outside and look for the perfect ingredients. The ingredients can be anything that occurs naturally in your area such as berries, sticks, rocks, old corn stalks, etc.

After filling the muffin pan up with snow, add your ingredients.

My daughter, Ellie, likes to use a stick and her imagination to stir them up. She has so much fun searching for the ingredients and pretending to be a little baker.

Snowy muffins
Snow Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are one of our favourite activities. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creativity and it provides loads of entertainment. If it's super chilly outside this activity can also be brought indoors. I love using large bins like this under the bed storage box because it allows for easier play and the mess stays contained.

Fill up your bin with snow and use scoops (measuring cups work well) to create shapes. Next, fill up a couple of smaller Rubbermaid containers with water and food colouring and paint the snow with Beauti-Tone Paint Brushes. The application is easy and the colours are very vibrant.

More ideas for this sensory bin: add your child’s favourite toy characters, cars, or other toys they are currently playing with. Nature elements are also a fun addition! If you are doing this indoors where it is a bit warmer you could also add containers with warm water. My daughter loves to dip the snow into the water to create little slushy ice balls.
Outdoor Sensory Bin
Outdoor Sensory Bin Paint

Painting Snow

This is a simple activity but lots of fun and great for fine motor skills! First, fill small spray bottles with water and food colouring. Next, spray the snow and watch it change colours. We love to mix colours to see what colour it would make (bonus learning activity!).

These snow paints are also a great way for the kids to colour their snowmen or other molds they might create with the snow.
Rainbow Snow Paint

Maple Syrup Snow Candy

If this activity doesn't scream Canadian, I'm not sure what does!

Start by collecting snow in our Rubbermaid container and pack it in tightly.

Next, measure one cup of Maple Syrup and let it boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes.

While it’s hot, pour it over the packed snow and let it start to turn tacky.

Using a candy stick, roll the sticky syrup up.

That’s it! The maple syrup becomes a taffy-like candy and is a delicious treat!

I hope you love trying out these winter activities and have as much fun as we did!
Snow Candy
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