Growing up in Northern Ontario, winter meant lots and lots of snow. That’s all we knew. Staying indoors all winter wasn’t an option. And we didn’t have 24hrs a day TV, video games, iPads, and other electronic devices. We actually played outdoors. We would build houses (forts were for boys after all!) We would make walls, chairs, beds, even snow telephones. We could spend hours out there in our make-believe world. Snow was our real-world outdoor Lego.
If you are having difficulty tearing your kids away from their screens, and you want to entice them to have some outdoor fun, you might consider bribing them. Cue the snow cones.
When the weather outside is frightful, and the kids are climbing the walls, pull this coolest-mom-E-VAH trick out of your magic bag.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 packet (0.16 oz) Kool Aid
- Clean snow (you are eating it after all!)
- Combine sugar and water in a medium pot, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat and let simmer 3 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle Kool Aid over top.
- Stir for 1-2 minutes to combine completely.
- Pour into a glass container and place in fridge to chill.
- Place a good scoop of clean snow in a cup or mug.
- Drizzle syrup overtop (1-2 Tbsp).
There are many recipes for sugar syrup, so feel free to mix things up and share in the comments.
What are you waiting for? Drag those kids outside! You never know what fun they might get into *wink*