When our kids were little, they waited all year long for that first winter snow. When we looked out the window at all of that soft shimmering untouched snow, it truly was a winter wonderland. The way the tree branches were laden with pure whiteness always enchanted our kids. They couldn’t wait to get on their snow gear and run out into it to play. We could barely get them to sit still for the few minutes it would take to get breakfast into them before sending them outside.
After they were all bundled warmly into their parkas, boots, hats, and mittens, they would run screaming out the back door. They loved to compete to be the first to make footprints in that new snow, tramping all over it. And, who made the first and the best snow angel was always a family competition and a tradition they’d always remember.
Another event that they’ll surely always remember is making snow jewels. They would play with them for hours on end. Eventually we had to beg them to come inside and eat a bowl of hot soup. Fortunately, snow jewels were easy to make and was something that we made ahead of time as soon as we heard there was snow in the weather forecast. Those snow jewels were so simple and yet such a source of hours of fun for the kids.
Snow jewels take less time and effort to make than you would think. All you need is water, food coloring, balloons, and a pair of scissors. We have a chest freezer in our garage, so the make-ahead thing was a no-brainer. We just filled the freezer with them and they were at-the-ready when the first magical snowstorm arrived. Sometimes we would go outside the night before the snow and scatter the snow jewels around the yard for the kids to hunt for the next day.
To this day, we still make a few snow jewels occasionally and put them out in the new-fallen snow just to bring back those fond memories. And the kids, well they’ve moved on to other snow-time fun, like skiing and snowboarding.
If you’d like to find out how to make snow jewels, you can find the instructions at growingajeweledrose.com here.