Authored by: by Jessica Olmos, Youth Leader at South Kearns Elementary Afterschool Program
It’s just a universal truth that all kids love snow, even kids who live in warm climates and have never seen real snow. When that first snowfall hits, many adults (myself included) think, “Ugh, I have to drive in this.” But a kid? No, a kid thinks of all the things they are going to do in the snow! I don’t think I know one kid who doesn’t love pulling on their snow boots, putting on their puffiest coat and grabbing a pair of gloves to go outside the very moment they see the first snow flurries!
Let your kids enjoy the snow by starting a Snow-a-thon during their winter break! Here are a few ideas to get you on your way!
Create some snow sculptures and snowmen in your front yard. Nicely packed snow is just screaming to be gathered together and rolled into a snowman! Trying to make the biggest snowman on the street was always my goal, but your kids can really make a snow sculpture of anything; just let them use their imagination and I am sure you’ll be surprised by the result. One of my favorite moments was when I made a snow couch!
Dust off the sleds and tubes and take your kids to a hill for some sledding competitions. There is no better way to get your kids exhausted than by getting them to slide down a hill just to run back up over and over again!
If you have young children who want to get involved in the fun, painting the snow is a great activity for them! Just fill a spray bottle with water and a couple drops of food coloring and let your little one make pictures in the snow.
Shoveling our driveways isn’t usually a fun activity for adults, but a kid can turn anything into a game! Hand over that chore to your kids and let them go nuts piling driveway snow into a giant snow fort. This is a great time to teach them about helping and serving our neighbors–encourage them to clear someone else’s driveway on your street!
We can’t finish our snow-a-thon without having a snowball fight, but please do it as safely as possible. To make sure it stays safe, parents should join in on the fun. After all, playing in the snow doesn’t have to be just for the kids!