Had to cancel the family ski trip this vacation? And the snowman making? And the snow ball fights Here are some great ideas for outdoor activities to do over this vacation week that DON'T require the white stuff.
- Icy Suncatchers: A great idea from the Ohio Parent Information Network. Fill a pie pan with water, and inside put leaves, pinecones, acorns or other lightweight natural items as well as a thin wire for hanging. Leave it outside in freezing temperatures and once frozen, release the design from the tin and hang it from a tree to enjoy while the cold lasts.
- Build a winter bonfire and make s’mores. Or go on a winter picnic with hot soup and cocoa in thermoses.
- Flashlight Tag: It gets dark awfully early these days. Once the sun goes down, take your flashlights out - this is like regular tag, excepted instead of the person who is "it" tagging, he/she tries to catch you by shining his/her flashlight on you. Make sure to agree on boundaries before you start.
- Search for Winter Constellations: Also a great activity to make good use of the early evening darkness, search for constellations that appear in the winter. See the constellations to look for at the following link: http://www.polaris.iastate.edu/NorthStar/Unit9/unit9_sub6.htm
- Winter Nature Scavenger Hunt: The following link has some great ideas of what to search for (just leave out the snow related ones): http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/nature/winterhunt.htm
Enjoy your vacation!
Bio: Emmy Watson is the Assistant Director at Camp Sewataro. Among other things, Emmy coordinates our promotional materials, including the website and social media.