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What's the Best Fun in the Snow?

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by Oxford Explorer (subscribe)
I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published January 23rd 2013
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Wrap up warm and enjoy the snow


When those big white flakes start falling from the sky, a peaceful quiet descends until you hear the excited squeals from children. Instead of moaning about not being able to get to work or about how cold it is, wrap up warm and get outside for some fun.

Here are a few ideas for fun in the snow. What are your favourite things to do?

Have a Snowball Fight

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Ready for a snowball fight


This is fun for all ages. It's a great way to keep warm, get some exercise and release your inner child. My son is now two and a half and this is his first winter that he's really enjoyed the snow. Snowball fights were a revelation to him and we had great fun running around the back garden. Watch out for the sneaky snowballer who will try and get the snow down the back of your neck.

Make a Snowman

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Here today, gone tomorrow snowman


I know a few friends without kids who have also enjoyed this activity. All you need to do is roll one big ball for his body and one for his head and then decorate. Coal for eyes, a carrot nose and sticks for arms are traditional but you can use anything you can find. You could even try your artistic skills and try to make something else like a snow dog to keep your snowman company.

My creative skills don't get much further than a snowman but I spotted this snow dragon yesterday and had to stop to take a photo. All the little kids passing by also thought it was great. I'm guessing that a little bit of food colouring was used to dye the snow to give him his funky colour.

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Snow Street Art in Kidlington


Snow Angels
These are really simple, just lie down on the show and swish your legs and arms out. Once you get up you can see your angel shape in the snow.

Footprints

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Little footprints in the snow


Just stamping around and going on a snowy walk can be lots of fun. Listen to the crunch and see what other tracks you can find.

Fun on the Slopes



There's not much more fun than skiing, snowboarding or good old tobogganing. Feel the wind on your face or if you're like me learn to enjoy falling over. Tobogganing or sledging is the easiest and cheapest option. If you don't have one, you could always try using a large plastic box or a tray.

If you have lots of snow, don't forget the birds and put out some bird food for them.

What are your top fun things to do when it snows?
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hi claire! - that delightfully sweet kidlington snow dragon you show below was the work of a friend of mine, Lauren Hutchinson, and took her 12 hours in all to create - 2 nights from 9pm to 3am!
And yes - the colouring WAS food colouring, supplemented by cake decorations and liquorice etc - all from Sainsbury's!
You can see detailed photos of the creation stage by stage on her blogs athttps://plus.google.com/u/0/118286938642288435819/posts .
Ariel of East Oxford :)
by lione (score: 1|10) 1992 days ago
looks like lots of fun. Unfortunately Melbourne does not get any snow unless one wishes to travel further away.
by Joy (score: 3|1890) 1998 days ago

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