*FREE* Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn Printable Pack

-Free- Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn

It seems that the bad weather and snow in the New England states is never going to end.

Here in the south, we have had a very comfortable winter so far.  Lots of 65 and 70 degree days wearing flipflops and plenty of sunshine.

But I guess all good things have to come to an end at some point, Right?

If our local weather man is correct, then it’s coming to an end very soon.

We are predicted to have bad weather of freezing rain and snow for most of next week.  I can deal with snow, okay maybe a inch or two, but it’s the sleet and freezing rain that I cannot  live with.

We are so used to not getting much bad weather that when it does happen, it send our small rural town into a panic.

Next week I will be keeping my grand- daughter while my daughter and son-in-law go out of town on business.  I plan to have the pantry  and freezer stocked but I also need activities prepared as well.  Of course, we have movies, books and puzzles but I wanted to create something fun to do just in case the bad weather does hit.

After I thought about it, I decided to do a Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn Printable Pack, (geared for Pre-K-1) because what better activity to do in the snow than printables about snowmen and snowflakes.

In the pack you will find the following fun activities:

  • Memory Matching Game
  • Counting Practice
  • Word Search
  • Coloring Sheets

What you will need to have on hand:

  • Crayons or Markers
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock and Laminate (if you prefer longer lasting durability)
  • A Printer
  • Paper

To Download click FREE Winter Fun Mini Play and Learn Printable Pack.

 

I have also included a list of my favorite children books that fits perfectly with the theme of this printable set.

SnowDay Children's Books

 

Hope you enjoy!

*All clipart and graphics were created my MyCuteGraphics.

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How to Make Snow Ice Cream ~ Recipe

Are you getting sick of the snow yet?  We actually haven’t gotten much this year, here in Kansas, but I hear most of the rest of the United States did.  This past week, we had our 2nd snow of the “snowy season”.  We had a few inches on the ground and it promptly melted by the next day.  It just happened to be the day that my daughter had to go to the doctor in a town 2 hours away…so most of the kids didn’t enjoy playing out in it.  My teenagers, however, stayed home and before we were even half done with our day, my 15 year old daughter had texted me, asking if she could make snow ice cream.  I told her, sure, just make sure the snow is clean….and especially not yellow.  LOL  I knew she’d love the thought of yellow snow.

 

How to Make Snow Ice Cream Recipe

 

We got home and she made us all some fresh snow ice cream.  We were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed the snow ice cream.  In fact, I even let my 11 month old baby try some….and she was really mad when the bowl was empty, lol.  (She was eating her peas here….right before she got some ice cream…)

 

(This post contains affiliate links)Snow Ice Cream Recipe

 

How to Make Snow Ice Cream – Recipe for you!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Snow

 

Directions:

Mix together Milk, sugar, Vanilla and salt.  Whisk until sugar is dissolved.

 

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

 

We gathered about 8 cups of snow in my 8 cup glass measuring cup.

 

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

 

Then, we slowly added the snow, until it reached the desired consistency.

 

 

Snow Ice Cream 4

 

Once it reaches the consistency you like, put it into your bowls and serve!

 

Snow Ice Cream 6A

 

Of course you can add sprinkles if you want to, to make it look prettier!

 

Snow Ice Cream with Sprinkles Recipe

 

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

 

 

 


Host a New Year’s Eve Video Scavenger Hunt – Ideas for a Fun Night!

When I was a teenager, we loved to host New Year’s Eve parties.  I’m a bit of a social girl and love to hang out with the people I love the most.  One of those parties, we had a video scavenger hunt.  It was a lot of fun.  Fast forward 20 years.  My daughter was turning 14 years old and thought it sounded fun to do the same thing.  Yeah, I thought that was a great idea, too.  So last year, at her 14th birthday party, we planned our first one.  It was a success, although we had some technical difficulties with our videos afterwards.

 

Video Scavenger Hunt

 

 

What You Do on a Video Scavenger Hunt

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–  Break all party attendees into 2 or more teams.

– Have a list of tasks, many of which are silly or funny for each team to work through in no particular order.

– Make sure each team has a way to take video (that has a completely charged battery, lol)

– Make sure each team has a flashlight and is instructed to video in the light as much as possible, as darkness makes it hard to see the videos of course.

– Set a time limit, so that you’re not waiting forever for everyone to return.

Once you’ve gathered your teams, your clues and your video equipment, each team takes off in their cars (with a responsible driver) and attempts to complete all of the tasks on their list, the fastest.  The first team to  complete all tasks, without cheating is the winner.  When you get back to the party place, you all watch the videos.

It is hilarious and a LOT of fun!  Here’s an example of one of our very short videos….(beware though, there’s an awesome burp at the end….lol….and the video is not great quality).

 

Video Scavenger Hunt Ideas:  What Should I Use for the Tasks?

 

You can get as creative as you want for this.  We like to use a list of about 15-20 things to do.  Many of the tasks could be specific to your town or your area.  Also, you may want to think up some that are a challenge, or the answer to a riddle.  Here’s some examples of what we had done or plan to do in the future:

  1. Imitate a statue in your town (ours was a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty) and sing Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  2. Fork someone’s yard.  (preferably a friend, who will think it’s funny)  [If you don't know what forking someone's yard is, it is buying plastic forks and sticking them into the ground, all over a person's yard]
  3.  Go buy a stranger a gift and give it to them.
  4. Play ring around the rosy around a light pole near a busy street.
  5. Drink a can of soda and burp.
  6. Go sing a Christmas Carol at a friend’s door.
  7. Have one person in your group try to sell an old beat up car to your group.
  8. Take a video/picture of the whole group posing next to a yellow car that doesn’t belong to you.
  9. Each person in group picks up 10 items of litter.
  10. Whole group on the swings at the park.
  11. Do cartwheels or at least try to.  (whole group)
  12. Go buy a jar or pouch of baby food and have one team member spoon feed it to another team member.
  13. Baby talk to a dog.
  14. Everyone on team shake hands with a law enforcement official.
  15. Go trick or treating at someone’s house.
  16. Skip backwards across a street downtown.
  17. Pose with inflatable Christmas decorations in someone’s yard.
  18. Build a gingerbread house
  19. Each person on team chews a piece of gum and blows a bubble at the same time.
  20. Play tag together.
  21. Play leap frog.
  22. Run the bases at a local baseball diamond.
  23. Swing from monkey bars.
  24. Make up your own – the possibilities are endless!

 

Do you have some great ideas for video scavenger hunt tasks and clues?  Please leave a comment to share what you would do!

 

Video Scavenger Hunt Ideas