Snow. Mostly we just shovel it or get stuck in it. But there actually are fun things you can do with snow. Really.
In the interest of helping all of us endure the rest of what is becoming an increasingly white winter, here are 40 fun things to do with snow, other than shovel it or get stuck in it.
1. Make snow angels.
2. Go sledding on some common household item, such as a garbage can lid or a plastic storage bin.
3. Leave a message in the snow for a neighbor.
4. Catch a snowflake on your tongue.
5. Melt snow and sprinkle your houseplants; maybe they’ll think it’s rain.
6. Shake snow off a limb.
7. Don’t just make a snowman, make a snow mob.
8. Give your kids spray bottles filled with water colored with food coloring and let them make snow art.
9. Use your children’s sand toys to build a snow castle.
10. Take close-up pictures of snowflakes.
11. Play snow hockey with brooms and a beach ball.
12. Sculpture a snow figure, and dress it in 1970s clothing.
13. Go for a ride on a snowmobile.
14. Write something romantic in the snow on your honey’s windshield.
15. Play footprint tag, stepping only in the other players’ footprints.
16. Brush the snow off the perch of your bird feeder.
17. Mold snow shapes using kitchen pots and pans.
18. Save a snowball in the freezer.
19. Serve up flavored snow cones or make snow ice cream.
20. Form “crop circles” in the snow at a park, and see if anybody reports them.
21. Send all the kids in your neighborhood out to find their most beautiful snow scenes.
22. Make little, packed pieces of maple syrup snow candy.
23. Stand in the middle of your back yard and simply watch and listen to the quiet sound of snow falling.
24. Hide prizes in the snow and let your kids go on a treasure hunt.
25. Build an igloo, and hold a family meeting in it.
26. Try cross-country skiing or go snowshoeing.
27. Organize a neighborhood assault on a neighbor’s snow fort.
28. Take a walk through the deepest snow you can find.
29. Become patriotic, and take time to make a snow Statue of Liberty.
30. Build a snow chair, sit down in it, and drink a cup of hot chocolate.
31. See if you can find two snowflakes that look alike.
32. Find some soft-looking snow and just fall backwards into it.
33. Clear a circle in the snow, make seats out of snow blocks and roast wieners or marshmallows.
34. Hollow out the head of a snowman, and shine a flashlight into the back, so it looks like his eyes light up.
35. Hold a neighborhood Snow Olympics, with such events as a snowball toss, snow wall hurdles, and snowflake catch.
36. Make the largest snowball you can roll.
37. Follow animal tracks.
38. Find a drift and build a snow tunnel or a snow slide.
39. Play snow golf, snow bowling, or snow bocci.
40. Balance a snowball on your nose.
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