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Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #21 – Blow frozen bubbles
If you are (un)lucky enough to live somewhere with freezing cold winters pull out your stash of summertime bubbles formula and wands and head outside to blow some winter time bubbles with the kids. If it’s cold enough the bubbles will freeze and you’ll be able to catch them and see the frost form. Plus blowing bubbles out of season is just fun!
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #22 – Make coloured ice marbles
Have you seen those Pinterest posts of beautiful, large, colourful globes of ice decorating the yards of those amazing do-it-all moms? They look spectacular. Give it a shot yourself with some balloons, water, and some food colouring. They almost never look as good but the kids seem to like them anyway 😀
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #23 – Spray paint the snow
This is one of my favourites because it leaves the yard colourful and fun looking until the next snowfall. A few squirt bottles, some water, and some food colouring and you can let your little Picasso’s loose in the yard to create their own masterpieces!
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #24 – play board games
Board games are a fun indoor activity for wintertime, especially during a big winter storm or when it is incredibly cold out. Any game you have will do, or even just a deck of cards. Teach the kids some Go Fish, Crazy 8’s, or even the old standby, 52 Pick-up
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #25 – christmas light tour
If you have a “candy cane lane” in your town you can load up the kids in the car and drive around just looking at the lights for free. One city we lived in had one very well organized and festive neighbourhood that actually had donation bins out on every street corner where you could donate canned good to the food banks. Our current town has a Christmas Light show that is put on by local businesses. It does cost money but there are a few businesses in town that take turns offering free admission on a few evenings of the season. You can either drive through in your own vehicle or get a ride in a horse drawn carriage.
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #26 – make a paper chain garland
The only time I actually remember making one of these I was around 5 years old and I had the chicken pox. That has nothing to do with making the chain but for some reason it’s made it really stick out in my mind. This one is easy enough to do using strips of coloured paper that you fasten into circles connected together to form a chain. Depending on how old your kids are or the supplies at your disposal you can fasten them with slots cut in the paper, tape, glue, or staples.
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #27 – shovel the driveway
Ok so this isn’t so much a “fun activity” as a necessary evil of winter. The fun part comes in when you’re all working together to get it done quickly. And hey, you can even sing while you do it. A great way to really make this into an activity you will remember is to volunteer some time to go out and shovel some elderly neighbours’ driveways. Check to see if your community has a sign-up where you can volunteer your services for one time, or for every time it snows.
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #28 – make easy bird feeders
The easiest way I have to make bird feeders is one that I learned in a youth group I attended a few times when I was a kid. Cut shapes out of cardboard, slather them in peanut butter, and then coat them in birdseed. Attach a ribbon or string and they are ready to be hung outside. There are also many good recipes on Pinterest for making them out of birdseed and unflavoured gelatin.
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #29 – check out a local choir
Many churches put on some great holiday concerts that showcase the talents of their choir. You may also have some local choirs that aren’t affiliated with churches that put on some concerts at this time of the year. Take the kids, meet some of the members of your community, and sing along to the Christmas songs that we all know and love.
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #30a – go to your town’s Santa Claus/holiday parade
My favourite memories of Santa Claus parade are actually all from when I was already an adult. The village where my Mom lives does a parade followed by the lighting of the town Christmas tree. After that they have a pretty decent little fireworks show. Because my mom lives right on the main street the parade goes right by her front window. Family members would come by to watch the parade, either from directly in front of the house or from the front window.
Low Cost Winter Family Fun Activity #30b – attend a local tree lighting
In my Mom’s village the tree lighting happens immediately following the Santa Claus parade. After the parade they serve hot chocolate so folks can warm up a little before the fireworks start! At Mom’s we would just sit in the kitchen with the lights off and watch the fireworks from the window 😀
Possibly costly Bonus Winter Family Fun Activity – go to a Christmas craft fair
Craft fairs are great places to get small, useful, and meaningful gifts for your loved ones. Not only are you getting a gift that someone actually needs, you’re also supporting a local artisan and keeping money in your community. The first thing I look for at craft fairs is pottery because I’m an absolute sucker for a unique coffee mug. After that I tend to gravitate towards crocheted dishcloths and scrubbies, and tea towels with ties because who doesn’t need more of those. Go to a craft fair. Even if you don’t buy anything you will enjoy looking at what the talented artists of your community have to offer.
That’s it for the Winter Family Fun Series. Be sure to check out Part One and Part Two if you haven’t yet. There are also lots of great activities there for you and your family to have fun with this winter.
Talk to you soon,
Chantal, the Secular Homemaker