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11 Snow Games Kids Will Love

Pack more fun into your winter days with these fun outdoor snow games and activities….

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Get ready for that next thick, fresh blanket of snow with these brilliant "snowtivities"-hours and hours of snow games and crafts so fun you'll have to beg your littles to take a hot chocolate break. Bundle up and...

Dress up your snow angels. Fill spray bottles with water mixed with food coloring or powdered drink mix to make spritzable snow "paint." Even young toddlers can scribble graffiti on the snow, and bigger preschoolers can draw clothes onto their snow angels.

Make a maze. Plowing your sidewalk? Drag that snow shovel over to the grass or flat concrete surface and dig a maze (or, okay, just a creative, twisty pathway) for little feet to follow. The kids can help (and extend their playtime) by building up the walls with extra snow. Search online for corn maze designs or English garden mazes for inspiration.

Play snow bocce. Overnight, freeze plastic bags filled with colored water in a circular shape with a twist-tie; then, in the morning peel off the plastic to reveal magical colored ice orbs. (Because of the small parts, this is a game for the 3-plus bigs.) They're beautiful lined up in a pattern along a pathway. Or roll them in a game of bocce or snow-bowling (use empty water/soda bottles as "pins").

Have a snowcastle contest. Get the beach toys out of storage, and build a massive creation that the waves won't wash away. Instead of shells, try pine cones, twigs, and evergreen branches for your windows, flags, and-always crucial-drawbridges.

Make pioneer candy. In Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie book series, Laura and her sisters cheer for the biggest, coldest snowfalls of the year because that's when they get to make chewy maple sugar candy. To whip up your own (without asking Pa to tap a tree for sap), heat pure maple syrup on the stove to 235-degrees F (this is an adult job, obviously), and then drizzle it onto fresh snow. It'll cool quickly into a taffy-like consistency, a yummy treat for kids over age three.

Do a simple science lesson on volume. Even the littlest kiddos can fill up clear plastic containers (quart-size takeout containers work well) with snow. Ask the bigger preschoolers to mark with pen their best guess for how high up the water level will be once it melts.

Take a snowshoe hike. Tromping through the snow (even with Baby in a carrier) is so much easier and fun with snowshoes on. Look for non-slip rubber attachments that stretch right onto snowboots of any size for a cost-friendly option.

Grab an old-fashioned magnifying glass. Is it true that no two snowflakes are the same? Challenge little eyes to prove it with snow they catch on their mittens.

Make a hot cocoa stand. And donate the proceeds to a charity your children choose. Having add-ons like sprinkles, whipped cream, and marshmallows makes this twice as fun as lemonade in the summer. Don't forget the candy cane swizzle sticks!

Build with ice bricks. Igloos and forts go next-level awesome with this trick: Freeze water in wax-coated cardboard boxes (half-gallon milk containers or boxes for four sticks of butter work well); then peel off the cardboard, and, voila, ice bricks!

Turn your car into a snow creature. You're not going anywhere anyway, right? Draw giant eyes in the snow on your car's windshield, and shape whatever's on the hood into a giant snout. Kids can reach the grille to make evil dragon teeth or a friendly cartoon smile.

Lauren Smith Brody is a writer, consultant, and founder of The Fifth Trimester. She is also the author of the upcoming book The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday, April 2017).