We’re only 1 week in to 2014 and already America has been hit by a polar vortex and the UK is thought to be experiencing the wettest year on record, 7 days in, that’s crazy! However, if recent reports are anything to go by, the worst of the weather is yet to come as there is currently a 12/1 chance of snow falling in the UK by the end of the week.
Jessica Bridge a PR and Communications Executive for Ladbrokes recently commented: ‘The odds suggest a White Christmas might be making a late appearance this winter.’ This Winter? I think she means every winter, when was the last time we actually had a White Christmas?
In all honesty i’m just not equipped to deal with the white stuff, i prefer being inside where it’s nice and warm but i’d like ‘snow days’ to be something the boys can look forward to and i’m determined to make the effort for their sake, so here are some suggestions for snow activities with toddlers:
1. Try Traditional Favourites – Build a snowman, create snow angels, go sledging and have snowball fights.
2. Have A Winter Picnic – Wrap the little ones up warm, put on their winter wellies, pack some refreshments like warm drinks, soup, cooked sausages, bacon sandwiches or even jacket potatoes and plan your picnic around a country walk or a play in the park.
3. Make Some Ice Marbles – Simply fill the balloons up with water, add a different colour of food colouring to each balloon, then place outside until frozen. Once completely cooled, use a pair of scissors to remove the balloons and voila!
4. Make A Winter Bird Feeder – Hollow out an orange and fill with seeds to feed your feathered friends or string cranberries, popcorn, and cereal onto fishing line and hang them outside like a garland to attract and feed the birds.
5. Snow Painting – Fill squeezey bottles and spray bottles with water and a few drops of food colouring to make pretty pictures and patterns in the snow. You could name the different colours with your toddler, write all of your names in the snow, mix colours or even create a rainbow.
6. Track Animals – Toddlers are fascinated by wildlife and nature, so grab your hat and mittens and venture outside to track animals that have left footprints behind in the snow. Take photographs and then later when inside try getting your toddler to match up the animal pictures with the tracks.
7. Make Snowglobes – Use strong glue to attach a plastic toy to the inside of a jar lid, then add baby oil and glitter for a home-made snow globe; it makes a fun souvenir of a great day.
8. Ice Cube Scavenger Hunt – Freeze coloured water into ice cubes, then hide them around the garden for a wintertime scavenger hunt with your little ones.
9. Build A Snow Castle – Use buckets, pots, pans and empty milk bottles to build a snow castle in the garden.
10. Have Fun!
Are there any snow day activities you like to do with you little ones?