Snow is a beautiful gift that comes with the winter season. Along with the sparkle that it provides to the outdoor setting, fallen snow has many fun and wonderful uses. Here are six of this author’s favorite ways to utilize the chilly, sparkly matter that falls from the winter sky:
Make snow cream.
When the snow begins to fall, you can set out a clean bowl or container in which to catch some of the lovely white flakes (this author recommends placing the bowl or container in a place where animals cannot relieve themselves on your winter treasure). Once you collect the amount of snow that you would like, you can mix it with household ingredients to make a yummy cold treat. Delicious recipes for snow cream are available online.
Catch the snow in rain barrels and use it to water indoor plants once the snow changes form to water.
Most people know about catching rain in rain barrels for watering their plants during the spring and summer, but what about catching snow in those same barrels and using it in melted form to water indoor plants during the winter season? Check out Pristine Planet’s website for purchasing a durable and decorative rain barrel.
Construct a snow fort or igloo.
You and your family can have fun in the snow by building a creative snow fort or even a functional igloo. Have fun with whichever structure that you decide to construct.
Design a snow sculpture.
You can collect snow from outside and bring it indoors to design a snow sculpture. You can utilize food coloring to add color to the snow, and once your frosty creation is complete, you can place it into your freezer to help it keep its form. This activity is particularly suitable for younger children who cannot stay outdoors for long periods in the colder temperatures.
Go sledding in your backyard or neighborhood.
You and your family can enjoy some bonding time while sledding in your backyard or neighborhood. Great ideas for homemade or makeshift sleds are available online.
Use melted snow to make hot tea or coffee.
When you and your family are ready to come inside after having fun in the snow, you can use some melted snow to make a pot of hot organic tea or coffee. Simply prepare the tea or coffee as you usually do, but feel good in knowing that you do not have to use water from your tap.
When the winter season is in full swing, and the snowfalls start to arrive, keep these six eco-friendly uses for snow in mind. Have fun, and have a safe and happy winter!