Our Favorite Winter Yard Activities

Now that all of the tools have been winterized and stored for the season, you may look at your yard and long for the days of lush green grass, but you can continue to use your yard space with some of our favorite outdoor winter activities.

Build an ice rink.

There are many thrifty DIY options, kits and helpful YouTube tutorials that will guide you through the building process.

If you’ve never built an ice rink in your backyard, you may be concerned about damaging your lawn. Fortunately, grass becomes dormant when the temperature drops below 50 degrees, so the rink actually insulates your lawn. Grass will die, if you do not remove the rink tarp before the weather warms. Drain your rink with a pump or open one of the corners in the lowest part of the yard to slowly remove the water.

Snow paint.

Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of food coloring. The snowy lawn, snowmen or forts are great canvases for creativity. The color will easily melt away with the snow.

Build a snow fort or igloo.

Your snow blower will streamline the building process if you collect removed snow in one area to use for activities. Gain igloo design inspiration here.

Play Tic-Tac-Toe.

Draw lines in the snow and use pinecones and sticks for player pieces.

Play Capture-the-Flag.

This is a great team game when friends or family visit during the season. Tie a cloth to a wooden spoon or stick for the “flag”.

Whenever you’re outdoors this season, dress appropriately and wear proper safety gear when participating in sports and activities. Your yard should be a place of fun and entertainment, regardless of weather.

Do you have favorite winter activities or snowy backyard ideas? Comment below to share your ideas!