In the middle of winter, you may see your kids gaze out the window with a look on their faces that says, “I NEED to get out of the house, but I’m super tired of winter!” (and you, quite honestly, probably feel the same way). So what’s something different that you can do with your kiddos to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors despite the frigid temperatures? How about making a super cool snow sculpture? Snowmen are alright, but going one step further will make some amazing winter memories for you and your kids. Today we’re sharing some useful tips on how to help your kids make an awesome snow sculpture – so all of you can shake off the cabin fever and have a blast in the winter wonderland!
Here are 8 simple tips:
#1 – Make your mountain. Shovel snow into a pile that’s as big as the sculpture will be at it’s tallest point.
#2 – Smash it in. Pack down the pile so that it’s a solid block. You could leave this overnight to make sure it’s really strong, but you don’t have to.
#3 – Create a sculpting tool kit. Some tools that will come in handy include: shovel, garden trowel, pruning saw, ice scraper, screwdriver, spatula, and a butter knife. These are some suggestions, but you can also probably make it work with just one shovel.
#4 – Shape up. Shovel away snow carefully to start creating the shape of the sculpture. Don’t take off too much at a time or the snow could collapse!
#5 – Dial it in. Use the smaller tools to start creating definition in the sculpture.
#6 – Take a break. Go warm up and make some hot chocolate!
#7 – Customize. Use rocks, sticks, food coloring, clothing, or whatever else you want to add even more originality to the sculpture.
#8 – Make history. Take some pictures of your awesome sculpture so you’ll always remember that fun winter day!
For some more inspiration here are a few videos of people making snow sculptures.
This woman makes a horse in what appears to be one day and it turns out really good! It looks like she only uses a shovel too which we think would be incredibly challenging.
It looks like he made this only using his hands! No tools needed!
Wowza! If you get really good at making snow sculptures, maybe someday you can build something like this. (Grand inspiration for the kiddos!)