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100 Things to Do with the Kids This Winter

As promised, here's my list of 100 things I'd like to do with the kids before winter is over...
  1. Spray snow with colored water
  2. Catch snowflakes on our tongues
  3. Go sledding down a really big hill
  4. Blow soap bubbles outside when it's cold enough to shatter them
  5. Make ice ornaments
  6. Bring cookies to the fire department or city offices
  7. Make snow ice cream
  8. Bake no-knead bread
  9. Make homemade marshmallows for hot cocoa
  10. Make snow beasts and funny snowmen
  11. Have a snowball fight
  12. Make homemade bagels
  13. Read a wonderful chapter book together
  14. Post a video on you-tube
  15. Do a photo shoot with each child
  16. Make treats for the birds
  17. Go to the science museum
  18. Send letters to the troops
  19. Go to the mall (this is really rare for us!)
  20. Make a snow fort
  21. Do a lapbook with each child
  22. Have a dinner party for family friends
  23. Look for animal tracks outside
  24. Go ice skating
  25. Bring homemade goodies to the Bakkens
  26. Make real snow cones
  27. Play Hyper Dash
  28. Make our own sprouts
  29. Go visit Tiffany's gang in Nebraska
  30. Make homemade caramel sauce
  31. Volunteer at the humane society
  32. Take pictures outside
  33. Make ice sculptures
  34. Start seeds
  35. Sit in front of the fire at Grandma & Grandpa's
  36. Have a movie camp-out in the living room with the kids
  37. Visit Petco
  38. Play dice games
  39. Capture snowflakes on black paper or glass
  40. Make snow angels
  41. Do a puzzle together
  42. Watercolor paint
  43. Make rock candy
  44. Visit an art gallery
  45. Bake something with apples in the freezer from last fall
  46. Stay overnight at a motel and swim
  47. Do a messy glitter craft
  48. Read a historic novel
  49. Make homemade cheese
  50. Play cards
  51. Scrapbook
  52. Go see a movie
  53. Play charades
  54. Make maple syrup candy in the snow
  55. Write a family song
  56. Go snowshoeing
  57. Buy hyacinths and other blooming bulbs for indoors
  58. Redecorate the kids' rooms
  59. Make crafts to hang from the ceiling
  60. Keep a family journal
  61. Start a rotating nature/oddities display on the hall dresser
  62. Make caramel popcorn
  63. Eat pears we canned ourselves last September
  64. Give each other pedicures
  65. Have a pillow fight
  66. Go maple syrup tapping
  67. Plan our spring garden
  68. Do a photo challenge
  69. Attend a conference, class or workshop for kids
  70. Attend a conference, class or workshop for grown-ups
  71. Shop clearance sales
  72. Visit Erica and her gang
  73. Go out for pie
  74. Attend a nature program
  75. Print out paper toys or paper dolls
  76. Sock skate on the kitchen floor
  77. Try more new recipes
  78. Enjoy a pot of Tiffany tea with cream and sugar
  79. Bake a cake
  80. Stay our pajamas all day long
  81. Bring goodies to the neighbors
  82. Participate in an Unplug Your Kids challenge
  83. Decorate the windows with paper crafts
  84. Get fresh spring rolls from the Hmong grocery in Walnut Grove
  85. Play with snow at the kitchen table
  86. Have a sleepover
  87. Try a brand new craft
  88. Go ice fishing with Grandpa & drive on the lake
  89. Send cards and letters to loved ones
  90. Do science experiments
  91. Have a tea party
  92. Try growing seeds in balloons again
  93. Make crayon shaving pictures
  94. Donate a box of children's books to another family
  95. Go for a walk while it's snowing
  96. Participate in a Valentine swap and make handmade cards
  97. Have a family music day
  98. Study Spain for a week, eat Spanish food and make Spanish art
  99. Breathe on windows and draw designs on them
  100. Read as many winter and snow themed books as we can find, starting with "The Snowy Day."

After making my list, I very nearly even like the idea of winter!  ;) 

No snow where you live?  Here's some snow-themed activities to do anywhere, inside.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
100 things
Wow you are going to be really busy!
Deborah
magical_mama
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 100 things
I should add that no way am I going to be able to do them all! I don't think I've ever finished everything on a to-do list in my life. I think it might be bad luck! If I were done with everything who knows what might happen. ;) It feels great to have 100 great things we *can* do when it's so white and cold and blustery though!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 4th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
#75 Paper dolls ...
Thank you Magical-Mama for your wonderful inspirations and really exciting list. We live in the north of Australia so no snow here but we are enjoying making lots of coloured snow cones out of ice and snowman out of potato! I really want to try the ice art and see how long they last in a tropical summer. My girls (ages 5 and 4) and their brother (age 2) love to play with paper dolls. We have printed lots and lots of them out. I don't know if you have seen this website ... http://www.makingfriends.com/f_Friends. htm -- it has heaps of great dolls and great costumes for them. We have put sticky backed plastic on the dolls and costumes and the kids stick the clothes on with bluetack so they can change them and redress them. And the best part is, the dolls and costumes are free! Thought I would share this idea with you .... Thanks again for your inspirational website, it is the only blog I make time to read. Happy 2010. Cheers Fiona
magical_mama
Jan. 4th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: #75 Paper dolls ...
Thanks Fiona! I love the idea of potato snowmen. :) I think I've seen the Making Friends paper dolls. There's another site that has free ones that are historic and from the movies that I just love. I have written about them here. I'll see if I can dig up the link. Enjoy your warmth! It was 18 below zero here yesterday!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 5th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the impressive list! This is bookmarked for those dreary February in Michigan days...
~Katherine
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