Best Ways to Have Fun with Snow
With winter in full swing, it’s time to make the most of these snowy days! Snow isn’t just for snowball fights and sledding – it can also be eaten, used for shelter, or as a special piece of art. We’ve pulled together a list of our favorite ways to have fun with snow, so get out there and embrace your inner child!
Eat Sugar on Snow!
Collect fresh, clean snow (snow clinging to pine trees adds some flavor) and pack it into a pail or bowl. Leave it outside while you boil one or more cups of pure maple syrup for six or seven minutes, stirring often. (To make it thicker, add a quarter cup of butter per cup of maple syrup.) Pour the syrup over the snow and eat up – the perfect winter treat.
Build an Igloo!
The quintessential winter dwelling! Experience one for yourself at the annual Igloo Build at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont, or get to work in your own yard with the help of “Build an Igloo in 10 Steps”.
Make a Snowman!
The best snowman is at or near the melting point, when the snow has a higher moisture content and will pack together more tightly. Roll the separate sections as symmetrically as possible, so it won’t lean and tip over. If your arms get tired, build a snow ramp to roll the top pieces onto the bottom ones. Dress up your snowperson using food coloring, rock buttons, branches for hair, hats, scarves, and last but not least, the carrot nose! Get inspiration from our snowman slide show.
It was Vermont’s own Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley who was the first to successfully photograph an individual snowflake, eventually capturing 5,000 flakes on film, and teaching us that “no two are alike.” Visit the Bentley exhibit at the Jericho Historical Society or keep a magnifying glass in your winter coat pocket, so you can study snowflakes all season long.
Make a Snow Angel!
Maybe the first thing we all learned to do after a snowstorm. Bundle up and head outside. Find a clean patch of snow, then stand with your arms and legs outstretched and gently fall back onto the snow. Move your arms up and down, keeping them against the ground. At the same time, move your legs apart and back together – like doing a jumping jack. Slowly stand up or have someone pull you up without making any handprints in the snow, then take a look at your finished angel.