Even though I was born and raised in Michigan, I must admit I’m not a fan of winter…AT ALL! It’s quite unfortunate considering winter seems to be the dominant season here in Michigan. Sure snow sounds like a great idea: beautiful white freshly fallen snow…cuddling next to a warm fire…drinking hot cocoa..maybe even some light sledding. In reality, however, winter also means 1. Dragging your kids through mucky snow 2. Slipping and sliding through the streets in attempt to get to/from work on time 3. Salt all over your nice pants 4. Dry skin 5. Craters a.k.a. Michigan potholes. I could go on but I’ll spare you.
Over winter break, we got a pretty heavy snowfall and my boys were begging me to take them out to play. I presented many distractions in attempt to avoid the situation, but after much thought I decided to stop being jerk and take them out. As you might imagine, if I was going to be dragged into snow play, I was going to make the best of it and do it MY way. Summer may be months away but that shouldn’t stop us from pretending we’re on a nice warm beach playing in the sun! As my “fun in the sun” ideas started flowing I started getting really excited about playing in the snow!
Here are some ideas I came up with to turn a snow day into a day at the beach!
1. Make Snow Castles
Pull out your sand box toys and get to work on creating some beautiful snow castles and sculptures
2. Make Real Snow Cones
<Insert joke about not eating the “yellow snow” here> A couple years ago I read an article about making snow cones out of real snow and wanted to try it one day. It’s soooo much fun and tastes delicious! Just scoop some clean fresh fallen snow into a plastic or foam cup and top with your favorite snow cone syrup. I made syrup using sugar, water, and Kool-Aid (click for recipe HERE) and put it in a squeeze bottle.
3. Snow Art
Use left over snow cone syrup or a mixture of water and food coloring in a squeeze bottle to draw some pictures in the snow. My boys decided to go with some abstract art
4. Bubble Party
Pull out your bubble machines, wands, and guns and fill the sky with bubbles! This colored bubble gun (made by Crayola) was extra fun in the snow because it colors the snow once the bubbles pop.
5. Swimming Pool Ball Pit
Fill a small swimming pool with balls to create a ball pit. I wanted to do this but didn’t have enough time before the boys were ready to warm up inside.
I had a BLAST and I can’t wait until we can go out and play in the snow again! I might even try sledding one day. Errr… and oh yea, the boys had fun too
Before I go, I’ll leave you with some “You Might be From Michigan If” humor
You Might Be From Michigan If:
- You define summer as three months of bad sledding
- You’ve ever experienced frostbite and sunburn in the same week
- Your year has two seasons-winter and construction
- Snow tires come standard on all your cars
- You point to the palm of your right hand when explaining to people where you grew up
See you next time!
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