You don’t need a wallet full of cash to enjoy the cold, snowy days. There are all kinds of frugal ways to enjoy the winter season together both indoors and outdoors. Here are a few frugal boredom busters to keep your kids happy this winter, and to keep your pocketbook even happier.
*Homemade Snowman Kit
It’s just not winter fun without building a snowman. Assemble a snowman kit to have handy. Your kit can contain the following: A hat, scarf, mittens, plastic carrot nose, charcoal briquettes, (place in plastic baggie) buttons, and can add two dowels or branches for arms.
*Obstacle Courses or Winter Olympics
Jump over the mounds of snow or have relay races.
Mix food coloring and water and add to spray water bottles and spray the snow to make colorful works of art outside.
*Homemade Bird Feeder and Bird Identification
Need large pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed. Add peanut butter to pinecones and roll in birdseed. Keep a journal of birds in your yard. Can borrow a field guide from your local library.
*Snow Ice Cream
Mixing together a quart of milk, an egg, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a pan. Cook on stove top until mixtures thicken and cool to room temperature. Pour this mixture over fresh snow.
Use a tin can buried in the snow for the holes or just carve out holes in the snow.
Take pictures of nature. Icicles, birds, trees, etc.
*Identify Tracks in the Snow
Check out a book from your local library on animal tracks.
Once you get started, you and your kids will find lots of ways to have fun without spending money this winter – maybe you’ll even build your own igloo!