We have been so lucky here in northcentral Wisconsin to have a few nice days in our forecast. But soon, the sky will turn grey, the snow will fall, and winter will push its way back into our lives once again. The restful days of winter are a great opportunity to connect with your family and enjoy each other's company. Here are some ideas of things to try with your family this winter season.
Make homemade ice cream
The snow and ice outside are a great resource to make homemade ice cream. It's a really simple, fun, and easy thing to do! I can still remember doing it when I was a little girl, so of course, I wanted to share in the fun with my own children.
To make the ice cream, find two containers with lids of differing sizes, one large and one that can fit within the other. Coffee cans and ice cream pails work great for this! Then, in the smaller container mix 2 c. heavy whipping cream, 1/2 c. sugar, and 2 T vanilla extract together and close the lid. Place the smaller container within the larger one, and fill the larger container with snow and ice from outside, mixing in rock salt if you have any to help the process along. Seal the container tight, then begin the churning process! Roll the containers back and forth for 15-30 minutes until the cream begins to freeze. It's a delicious treat that everyone will enjoy!
This is one we did so much last winter! Not only did we sled down the hills nearby, but we also had plenty of fun being pulled on the sled behind the snowmobile. Last winter I was pregnant with Baby K, so I couldn't enjoy all of the fun of the sled, but this year I am ready! I have so many memories of being pulled around by my dad when I was little (many of which involve crashing into trees...thanks, Dad), and even as an adult, it is still one of my favorite winter things to do. Even going up and down the driveway is a fun and exciting time.
Make a Gift for Someone
Take some time to make a handmade gift for someone, then deliver it to their doorstep. Who wouldn't love to be surprised by a basket full of homemade cookies, a fresh loaf of banana bread, a warm pumpkin pie, or a beautiful handmade card? It doesn't have to be fancy- just think of someone you love and how you could bring them some joy.
This sugar cookie recipe is by far my favorite, and it gives beautiful and delicious cut-outs every time. Whip up a batch of these, frost them with the family, and then share with those you love. It's sure to bring a smile to everyone's face!
Have Family Game Night
Create a fun-filled family night with some friendly competition. Minute to win it games are great, and they're a fun way to bring some entertainment and excitement to the evening. Everyone will have a great time with this one!
Check out this list of ideas from The Chaos and the Clutter on minute-to-win-it games to try with your family!
Nerf Gun War
Grab your nerf guns, split into teams, and attack! Find hiding places throughout the house to wait as you prepare for the battle and plenty of giggles.
Go on a Nature Hike
The woods can be absolutely beautiful in the wintertime, and if the weather allows, put on your snowshoes and boots and head outside. Enjoy all of the beauty of the icicles on the trees, the white of the snow, and the green of the evergreens. While you walk, be sure to watch for deer antler sheds and wildlife to observe.
Just because there's snow on the ground doesn't mean you can't enjoy some time around the fire. Bundle up with blankets and hats, bring out the hot chocolate, and sit around the fire telling stories about life. There's something about a crackling fire that enchants and pulls people in!
Create a Blanket Fort
This is another one I can remember being so fun when I was a kid! Create a blanket fort, and if you're really looking for a fun adventure, "camp" in it overnight. Complete the evening with a picnic packed to eat in the fort, a lantern for light, and storytime.
Dive into a Passion Project
What is something you and your family members really want to learn? What are you really passionate about?
Passion projects are all about using your passions to help solve a problem. To create your own passion project:
Create an Escape Room in Your House
Set up an escape room for your family by leaving clues hidden within a room that they are "locked in". Set the timer and see if they can escape before time runs out!
Make a Bird Feeder
There are lots of ways to do this one! We like to make them using pinecones covered with peanut butter and bird seed. It's fun to watch the birds who come to visit, and we can all sit together as we watch the visitors coming to our feeder. Other great items to make bird feeders out of are old milk jugs, a piece of toast, or even just a paper plate!
The main thing is to focus on relationships.
No matter what you choose to do, focus on the relationships you're building. If it helps build relationship within the family, then odds are it's worth your time and effort to do. You'll never regret family bonding time!
Enjoy your time with your family this winter!
What do you like to do with your family in winter time? Share with us!
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