14 winter games

Easy games for the whole family to play in the snow

By Deborah DavisDeborah Davis

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Building a family snow fort

Game prep

  • Lots of different-sized containers

How to play

Need a cure for cabin fever? Head outside and create a snow shelter. When it comes to possibilities, igloos are just the tip of the iceberg. Get your kids to help design castles and snow forts using pails, recycling boxes, and other containers to shape the snow. Decorate with flags and food colouring for the finishing touches.

Foxie moxie

Game prep

  • Fresh snow
  • Fast feet

How to play

This traditional game is a winter favourite. Players use footprints to create a winding track on fresh snow. Two players are “foxes” and chase the “geese” around the track. When tagged by a “fox” the goose switches roles with it. Make a “den,” or safe zone, where only one player at a time can enter.


This article was originally published on October 1, 2009

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