“For He [God] says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.” Job 37:6
Snow has fallen in 38 states out of the 50 according to the weather channel map. Most families are experiencing cold temperatures and snow. Are you enjoying the extra time with your children? Need some ideas for outdoor fun now that some of the most frigid temperatures have passed?
Some outdoor “snow” fun suggestions:
DIY snow: Warm a cup of water in the microwave for about a minute, then toss the water into the air outside. It emmediately becomes a powdery snow cloud. (Parent supervision needed)
Create colorful globes: Put a little food coloring in a balloon, add water, tie off the top and then place the balloon outside. Once it is frozen, you can peel the balloon away (you may need to cut the plastic), revealing a colorful snow globe.
- Snow cream:
- In a large bowl combine 1 cup of half and half or milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/3 to 1/2 cup(depending on preferred taste) of sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in snow, a cup at a time, until the ice cream magically forms! Freeze for several minutes if desired before serving. Enjoy!
- Blow “frozen bubble”: If you have any bubbles and wands left over from summer fun, try blowing in the cold temperatures outside. Bubble recipe if you cannot find bubble mixture: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/super-soap-bubble-solution/a/1704/
- Snow painting: Fill bottles (dollar store catsup and mustard bottles) with food coloring and water. Go outside and paint in the snow.
- Go sledding
- Build a snowman or fort.
- Ice skating: My father built a rink in our back yard one year. By using several 2×4’s build a frame, line with plastic and fill with water. (Must do ahead of time…maybe a thought for next winter:)
- Make a bird feeder: Spread a bagel with peanut or almond butter and roll in birdseed. Tie a string or yarn around the bagel leaving enough string or yarn to be tied on a tree. Take outside and hang so your family can enjoy watching the birds from inside your house.
And not to be forgotten: Teach helpfulness, go with your children and help a neighbor shovel snow off their driveway or sidewalk.
God’s Word says in Job 37:6 that God tells the snow to fall. Wow, what a word picture. Share this verse with your children as you do fun snow activities.
Once you get back inside your home after your fun outside share this cute little video and song while drinking hot chocolate.
One of my favorite books about snow is “Snowflake Bentley”.
Parents, take time for reflection on the amazing beauty of the snowflake. See this video accompanied by a wonderful hymn.
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson