Whether you’re hosting a wintertime birthday party or just want to get the kids out of the house on a snow day, outdoor, snow-themed games can be fun for any age. But you can only have so many snowball fights and build so many igloos. If you’re looking for new, fun ways to play in the snow this season, try out these six great games for kids of all ages.
Snowtime miniature golf
This game is great for when you have a group of kids that are a range of ages with a range of interests, as well as a lot of time and a lot of snow.
All you need is some snow-digging gear, a colored ball (a cheap, plastic ball like what you’d find in a ball pit will even work), and a miniature golf club, though if you don’t have one of those, you can use any kind of child-friendly sporting gear, like a light plastic bat.
Have the older and/or creative kids create a mini-golf course in the snow. They can use packed snow to build ramps and walls, as well as other obstacles, leading up to your “hole” in the snow. Mark off each hole with a stick or something equally visible.
Then, it’s time for the challenge. Have each player go through the course and keep score just like you would in a real game of mini-golf.
Want something a little easier and a lot less time-consuming? For a quick game outdoors, draw a tic-tac-toe board in the snow and then use items you can find around the yard as your game pieces, from twigs to pine cones.
Snowy scavenger hunt
If your children are old enough to get outdoors by themselves or with an older sibling, send them on a scavenger hunt — while you stay nice and cozy indoors!
Make up a list of nature items that they can find around your yard: Pinecones, icicles, bird or squirrel tracks, a last remaining leaf, etc. Have your children work together as a team to cross off the list or compete for a fun prize, like more marshmallows in their hot cocoa!
Pin the carrot on the snowman
Your kids have built their compulsory first-snow snowman — now what? If they’re complaining of boredom, grab a few carrots from the produce drawer (or just some sticks, if you don’t happen to have a carrot on hand) and a scarf to use as a blindfold, and then head outside.
Blindfold the first competitor, give them a few spins and a carrot, and then have them do their best to pin the carrot on the snowman, as close to a nose position as possible. The entire family can compete to get closest to the mark.
For younger kids, a simple snowball toss (without the danger of being whacked in the face with a snowball by one of their older siblings) is a good fit. This game is like cornhole, but with snow.
Carve out a small circle in the snow and then position your kids behind a line a few feet away (or whatever distance you feel is suitable for their arm strength). Help them make up a batch of snowballs and then compete to see who can get their snowballs into the circular target (or even knock someone else’s snowball out of the target!).
Make your average game of tag a little bit more difficult.
In this snowy version, you create a large circle with your feet/legs and then split up the circle into eight “slices.” It should look like a snow pizza when you’re finished. This pizza is your playing area.
The players can only run around on these stomped out paths. Choose a person to be “it” and then watch the chaos unfold as the other players struggle to stay away while simultaneously staying within the bounds of the snow circle.
Say goodbye to cabin fever!
Having fun outdoors this winter season doesn’t mean sticking to the same ol’ games you’re used to playing over and over again. There are endless ways for your children to play, keeping them happy, entertained, and burning off some energy. Say goodbye to cabin fever and hello to your most fun snow season yet!
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