Depending on where you live, you may have a few snow days each year, or you may have weeks and weeks of snow days each year. Then, there are the places that get only a few inches of snow while others get a few feet. No matter the amount of snow or when you get those fresh fallen flakes, snow games make it all the better!
Some of my best childhood memories were of playing in the snow. There was no school and normally Christmas had come and gone. I would watch the weather each night with my parents just to see if there was even a slight chance school would be cancelled the following day. Do you remember those days? Now, my kids are taking on the responsibility of “snow watching” to see if there will be school or not.
Of course, there are only so many snow angels and snowmen you can make before you are looking for something else to do. That’s why I’ve decided to share some fun games to play in the snow. Some can be played by one child while others need a few children or adults to play. I hope you enjoy them!
This snow game is played similar to the regular tug-of-war with the exception of a few snowballs. Before playing let each child make 3 snowballs, then set them aside. Next, dig out a trench in the snow about 1 foot wide and 2 foot long. It only has to be deep enough for the kids to see it. You can also add some food coloring to the area so that it can be well seen. This will serve as the middle line of the game. Now, divide into teams. This will work even if there are only two children playing. Last, play the tug-of-war game just like the original. Whichever team is pulled into the trench will get pelted with the snowballs. Kids are allowed to run to try to dodge the snowballs, which is what makes it even more fun!
Keep On Rollin’
This snow game is nice and easy, well sort of. All you will need is snow. The object of this game is to start with a small snowball about the size of a baseball and roll it until you can’t roll it any longer. The team with the largest snowball is the winner. You can divide the teams into individuals or you can have teams of four and five kids, or adults, rolling the snowball. Another option is to have a time limit and the team with the biggest snowball after the time runs out is the winner. After everyone has made their snowballs, combine them to make snowmen.
This snow game can be played by one kid or dozens. Kids will need to make snowballs as they try to build a pyramid with them. They can either make the snowballs before they start to build or they can make them as they go. The object is to see who can build the pyramid the highest. You can decided how many base snowballs to start with. Five or so always seemed to be a good number for us. The pyramid can only be one snowball wide, but can be as many snowballs high as they can possibly make it before it topples.
Just a Note
Be sure to leave any of your favorite snow games in the comments below for others to play. If everyone is like our family, we are always looking for fun games to play in the snow!