I’m gonna lose friends for this, but omgilovethecold. And you can, too. No, seriously- you can have fun (with your kids) in the cold weather. I mean, what’s not to love? I love wearing a furry-hooded parka, I love Sorels, I love snow, soup, hot glogg, and who can resist well-placed Frozen references.
As our local temps have dropped into the single digits (and below- *squealswithglee*) I’ve been super excited to do all things cold-weather with my kids, and have come up with a short list of cold-weather-friendly activities everyone can enjoy (without risking frostbite). So, when you’re ready to spend 40 minutes bundling up to spend 3 minutes outside, give these a try!
Blowing Bubbles (…and watching them freeze, and then shatter in mid- air!)
I stepped outside my house, and left my kiddos inside to watch me out our front window. The trick to this is to make sure the solution is kind of cold to begin with, and then blow the bubbles, catch one on the wand, and watch it crystallize. Then, blow it off the wand and watch it shatter!
Snow Ice Cream!
Okay, so full disclosure, when I was a freshman in college, my friend and I took a bunch of flavored creamer, poured it on snow, and ate it. And then we got super sick. So when I saw the snow ice cream kit at Target, I took a hard pass. But, as I type this, I feel like there’s a lot that could have been going on that would lead us to pouring coffee creamer on snow in the first place that would also have resulted in us getting sick. So- with that said. Hey! Snow Ice Cream!
Um, Duh. Sledding.
Okay, so maybe wait until this weekend when we are supposed to hit a balmy 35 degrees, but is there really anything as fun as sledding? That was a trick question. There is- and it’s sitting in your car with a toasty drink watching your kids sled. They’ll be cold, exhausted, and have a lot of fun making this timeless winter memory.
Snow Wine Cooler.
When life hands you lemons (or a week stuck inside with your kids), drink the wine. Take page out of Olivia Wilde’s book, and toss your favorite white wine on snow to chill before pouring.
Get Cozy Inside!
This is the BEST PART of cold-weather fun- the coming inside to snuggle under blankets, with hot chocolate, your favorite people, and a movie. Nothing makes me want to crawl under a blanket like spending some time in the cold. So, once we get out of the below-zeros, make the best of what nature gave us and have some cold-weather fun with your kids!