Do you want your home and garden to be the envy of every kid on the block? Have you got kids that are getting cabin fever from being stuck inside during the cold hours after school? If you’re looking for a way to keep your family busy and enjoying the snow, try out these backyard winter games.
#1 Dodgeball…with Snowballs
If you’ve ever read the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, then you know that snowball fights are serious business and a lot of fun. Organize yourselves into two teams, make a stash of snowballs, and start throwing. When a player is hit, they must sit down. At the end of the round (when the snowballs are gone) the team with the most players still standing wins. Go for the best out of three and you’ll have fun the entire afternoon.
#2 Snowman Hat Toss
This game combines two fun activities, building a snowman and ring toss. First, build a snowman together with your family or with friends. Second, stand at least 10 feet away from the snowman and try to toss a hat onto the top of his head for a finishing touch.
#3 Stick the Nose on the Snowman
In a cold variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, this game requires the building of a snowman first. After he’s done, take turns being blindfolded, spun around and attempting to stick a carrot in the right spot on the snowman’s face.
#4 Footprint Tag
There are almost as many variations of tag as there are kids, but this one might be your new favorite. In this game the players are only permitted to step in the footprints already on the snow. This makes for some funny running and tagging.
#5 Ice Bowling
This game takes just a little prep work. Fill water balloons and allow to freeze outside overnight in the snow. After they are frozen, make snow “pins” and with your frozen balloons try to bowl them over. The lopsided balls make it harder than it sounds, and a lot of fun.
Or in another variation, use a sled and slide into the pins to bowl them over. See who can knock down the most pins on their sled.