I will start this post with a disclaimer – I haven’t tried any of these myself, but I found them on the internet so they must be true. Or at least they all look like fairly plausible. If anyone tries them I would love to hear how it turned out.
-For those of you on facebook, you may have already seen the video from this morning about bubbles. This one is pretty straight forward. Go out into the cold with bubble solution and bubble wand, blow some bubbles and watch them freeze.
-Now go find a nice big balloon. While you are still cozy warm inside blow it up to maximum capacity. This part is not relevant to the game, but I personally recommend drawing a big smiley face on the balloon. Now take your new friend outside and watch as it shrinks to a sad excuse for fun. Don’t worry all is not lost, bring Billy Balloon back inside the warm house and he will come back to life.
-This sounds like a good one for Winnipeg: make your own slurpee. Put a 2L bottle of your favorite pop in a snowbank for about 4 hours. Take it out of the snow and twist off the cap. Poof instant slurpee. I was a little skeptical on this one but found a video that shows it actually working.
-Apparently you can use a frozen banana as a hammer.I think I would have to be really bored to go out into the cold to freeze a banana. But feel free to try it if you’re into that sort of thing.
-This one has been tried and true. The old throw the hot water into the air and watch it freeze trick. Apparently the key is the hot water. If you take cold water and throw it above your head, you are going to get wet. If you want to make it extra fun, pull out the super soaker to squirt the water.
-This is a good one after the kids have been cooped up inside and are driving you crazy – Watermelon bowling. Fill some empty 2L bottles with water and food coloring. Then set them outside to freeze. Find yourself a bowling ball type watermelon and carve out some finger holes then set it outside near your pins. Once they are frozen line everything up in the driveway and have fun.
-Time for a treat. Bring some maple syrup to a boil. Find a nice patch of clean (non yellow) snow and pour it out. Use a popsicle stick to twist it and roll it around until it hardens.
-If you don’t have maple syrup you can still make a treat with this Snow Ice Cream. Mix together 1 cup sugar, 2 cups milk and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix these all together and put in the freezer to stay cold. Go outside and find about 8 cups of that nice, fresh white snow. Add enough snow to the milk mixture to make a ice creamyish texture. Eat right away as it melts fast.
-Let the creativity flow with snow painting. Fill a few spray bottles with cold water and a few drops of food coloring. Now all you need is some snow, which isn’t hard to find around here. Spray your ‘paint’to create your own personalized graffiti.