5 Kid-Friendly Winter Games to Enjoy at Home
Pair Cool Canadian Winter Activities With Warm Kids Lunch Ideas
Although it may not feel like it while you’re out shovelling 4 feet of snow to get the car off the driveway, we’re very lucky to have a winter season here in Canada! While some days may make you want to stay cozy indoors and turn the afternoon into a movie marathon, getting outside is great for the kiddos. Spending time outside has a number of benefits for the whole family, from helping to clear up congestion from a common cold, to substituting physical activity over even more screen time to creating some cherished family memories. But the best part of course is tiring out the kids which makes for an easier bedtime routine!
Many kids will never bore of having outdoor time during which they can build yet another snowman or have one more snowball fight, but the same old can quickly get old fast!
These 5 winter activities for kids will keep things fresh and new and are sure to create the added excitement you may need to get them bundled up and outside to make the most of what Canadian winters have to offer.
5 Outdoor Winter Games for Kids
1. Capture the Snow Flag
This winter version of the classic playground game is a lot of fun, and can be played with family members or with children in your bubble depending on the Covid rules in your city. The concept is simple, you have two teams, and each team has a flag. The objective is to get the other team's flag in the fastest amount of time.
To make the flag, simply tie a colourful cloth to the end of a short stick. Have each team hide their flag. Teams will take turns trying to find the other teams flag (no tackling or blocking required, think of it more like hide and seek).
Time each team while they go searching for the flag. The team that’s flag took the longest to find is the winning team.
After a winner is declared, warm the kids up with a Wonder® Wins-inspired lunchtime sandwich recipe. Mom Tip! These are also super easy school lunch ideas!
If you’re looking for even more quick kids lunch ideas try the Wonder® bread Festive Tuna Melt, Garlic Bread Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches or a warm English Muffin Pizza featuring Wonder® English Muffins. Fueling up the little ones before setting them towards their next activity of the day can be quick and hassle-free with a bit of Wonder® bread inspiration!
2. Winter Dodgeball
Another winter version of a classic game. This cool adaptation is played the same way as the schoolyard version, the difference is instead of using a ball, you’ll be using snowballs. It’s important to note that the snowballs need to be lightly packed, and getting a snowball in the face automatically disqualifies the person who threw it.
Now that we have that out of the way, divide the children into two groups, and then they can start to throw snowballs at each other. When you get hit with a snowball, you’re out. And similarly to regular dodgeball, if the snowball is caught, then the person who threw it is out. Once a team is completely out, the opposing team is declared a winner. If you’re short of kids for this one, no sweat, that’s where the parents can enjoy some outdoor fun as well.
Congratulate your little players with a fun dessert-inspired snack sandwich! This Wonder® Win S’mores Sandwich recipe is a quick and fun way to warm up on a weekend afternoon that the kids can help make as well.
Grilled S'Mores Sandwich
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
- 8 slices of Wonder® White Texas Toast Bread
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 4 tbsp. hazelnut spread
- 4 graham crackers, crushed
- ¼ cup cinnamon sugar
- Spread hazelnut spread onto 4 slices of bread and top with marshmallows, chocolate chips, crumbled graham crackers and other bread slices.
- Melt butter in a sauté pan or cast-iron skillet over medium heat and working in batches cook sandwiches until golden and toasted on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and enjoy!
3. Snow Hurdling
This game is as to set up and it is to play! Get the kids to roll out a lot of soccer ball-sized snowballs. Line up the snowballs on the ground with about 2 feet of distance apart (or any distance of your choosing). Then designate 1 child to lead the group and have the kids jump over the snowballs in a game of follow the leader. Everyone has to jump the same way as the leader. Have fun with this one and let every child (and adult) take a turn in being the leader.
After all the running and jumping is finally done, the kids (and you) are likely going to be in the mood for a warm and hearty dinner. Give this easy kid-friendly dinner meal using Wonder® sliced white bread or Wonder® White Texas Toast bead and settle in with a winter-themed movie to complete the perfect day!
Wonder® Garlic Bread Pasta Torte
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
- 12 slices of Wonder® White Texas Toast Bread
- 14 oz. (1 package) or spiral pasta, cooked
- 2 ½ cups mozzarella, grated
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 lb. of ground beef
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 24 ounces of marinara sauce
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 3 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 6 tbsp. butter, cubed
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cook pasta accordingly to package directions preferably al dente, drain and return to pot.
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef, green peppers and onions and cook for approximately 7-9 minutes or until meat in browned. Drain and add in marinara sauce, basil and Italian seasoning, cooked pasta and shredded mozzarella cheese
- Melt 6 tbsp. of butter in the microwave and stir in minced garlic. Brush one side of each Wonder® Texas Toast slice, with garlic butter mixture. Line the bottom and sides of a greased 10-in. spring form pan with bread slices, trimming to fit and facing buttered sides against pan.
- Spoon in beef and pasta mixture, ensuring to press and pack down. Repeat until entire pan is filled.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Loosen sides from pan with a knife before removing the torte from the pan. Cut slices and serve immediately!
4. It’s a Snowman Hat Trick
Remember playing corn hole, or horseshoe toss, well snowman hat trick it’s basically the same thing. First you will need to build a snowman (which is always such a fun thing to do). Once the snowman has his eyes and nose, the game begins. This game will use the snowman's hat as the object to toss, so here’s how to play.
Have the kids stand back about 6-12 feets (depending on the throwing level of the kids, you may want to get a bit closer.) Everyone will take turns throwing the hat to see if they can get it land on the snowman's head. The person who gets the hat on the snowman's head in the fewest amount of throws will be the winner of the game.
5. Scavenger Hunt
If these games aren’t for you, then a fun game of snow scavenger hunt may be what you’re looking for.
Draw a picture of a few items you may see while going for a walk. That could include a snowman, squirrels, pinecones, a dog, foot prints, vehicles with ski racks, a person cross country skiing- the options are endless.
Once you have a few of these things printed or drawn out, pass them to your kids and go for a winter walk. See if the kids can check all of the snow scavenger hunt items off their list.