Hello LifeTech friends! There are so many fun things to do this time of year. Whether you like the cold or would prefer to stay inside where it’s warm, we have a list of activities for you to enjoy.
It’s Time to Have Some Frosty Fun
For those of you that enjoy the snow, here are a couple of my favorite things to do when the backyard becomes a winter wonderland. I’ve never been a huge fan of snow, but these activities are so fun that I bundle up and spend hours outside.
I grew up in a house with four kids and we were all super competitive and snowball fights were no exception. We used to shovel snow up into walls to take cover behind and randomly select teams to make for an ultimate showdown. It was so fun. Sometimes it would even be played like dodgeball where there’s only one left at the end and you’re “out” if you get hit. I definitely recommend some friendly competition this winter.
Make a Snow Fort
This was by far one of the coolest things we did every winter. My dad used to plow and shovel the driveway into one big pile that we would move into three walls. Then he took a piece of plywood and put it across the top of the fort so the roof wouldn’t cave in while we were inside (safety first). If you do plan to cover the top of your snow fort, please use some kind of reinforcement to make sure it is safe to be inside. But we would end up with an igloo in our front yard and we spent hours inside!
Make A Masterpiece In The Snow
I love getting crafty and painting is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. When the ground is covered with snow do you know what I see? A giant canvas waiting to be painted! All you need to make the snow your canvas is a spray bottle, some water, and food coloring. Then you can make works of art in your backyard too. Here is a link to show you how you can get started.
Sledding is a classic way to get out some energy after being inside all day. Finding a hill that’s good for it is the most challenging part of this activity. Some towns have a go-to hill that people use for sledding, but if yours doesn’t, there are still ways to do it. My siblings and I used to pull each other around the yard when we couldn’t find a good hill.
Blowing bubbles is usually a fun summer activity, but when it gets cold enough outside it’s a total game changer! Bubbles actually crystalize and freeze when you make them in cold enough temperatures. This creates an un-poppable ice bubble! For the best results, the temp should either be zero or in single digits with little to no wind. These frosty bubbles are so cool and definitely something you should try this season.
You Just Can’t Beat The Heat
Now if you are the kind of person that prefers to enjoy the snow from inside a warm house looking out a window then we have something in common! The activities above are some of the only things that will get me outside in the winter because I really do prefer the warmth of the house to the cold snow. Below are some activities that can be done indoors and safe from frostbite.
Make Homemade Hot Chocolate
What I’m about to share with you is the best hot chocolate recipe EVER! My aunt makes this every Christmas and after trying it once I was hooked. Now I always have a jar around and drink it year round. It is super easy and is going to stop you from buying packaged hot chocolate.
Top Secret Hot Cocoa Recipe:
- 1 bag sweetened Ghirardelli cocoa powder
1 bag of unsweetened Ghirardelli cocoa powder combined with 6 ½ cups of granulated sugar
- 1 bag of Andes Mints in bits
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
There is nothing better than baking a homemade treat for the whole family to enjoy. My go-to is usually cookies because they are so easy to make and everyone loves them. Sometimes when I feel like making something a little more complicated I’ll make cheese danish or homemade doughnuts. If you’re going to have sweets in the house, you may as well go all out and have delicious homemade ones! I have been baking since I was 7 or 8 and it’s also a great way to learn measurements and how to follow directions.
As I said before, my family is competitive. So minute-to-win-it challenges are an easy way to have some fun competition in the house. These challenges come from what used to be a really popular tv show in 2013 that we used to watch as a family. Here’s a link to 32 minute-to-win-it challenges to try at home for yourself!
Get Energy Out Using Interactive Videos
We have all spent a lot of time indoors trying to figure out ways to pass the time. For those that have little ones at home, a great way to burn off some of that extra energy is through interactive videos! These videos could be dance, workout routines, yoga, or any other kind of activity as long as it involves moving.
Build A Fort
Building a fort is fun because there are so many possibilities and different ways to do it! We had a new fort built every week in my house when I was younger. We would use couch cushions, chairs, bed sheets, or really anything we could get our hands on to create the ultimate fortress. We used to make one out of our dinner table chairs and bed sheets then pretend we were camping and sleep in it overnight. This is a super easy and fun way to pass time and have some indoor fun this winter.
I encourage you to try at least one of these activities (especially the hot chocolate) and let us know how it went!