Winter Fun & Games
Ice skating, snowman building contests, sledding. Is it any wonder that winter is a great time to be a kid? But you do not have to just be a kid to enjoy fun winter games; you only need to be a kid-at-heart.
I know, I know, you get cold to fast, and your bones creak, the idea of indoors and fire is much more appealing...but why not try it? Go forth with that kid-at-heart attitude and let the fun begin!
Getting a group of buddies together could be great fun – after all what could be more fun then, snow, friends and football? All you need are two teams of three or more people to play, along with a spray bottle filled with a mix of water and food coloring to mark the playing field (a large rectangle with a centerline should suffice). The teams line up at opposite ends of the field (the North and South poles) for a kick-off. Once someone on the receiving team catches the ball, he tries to move it back across the defence’s goal line by running with it or passing it to a team-mate. Play stops if the person with the ball is tagged by an opponent or slides out of bounds. The teams then face off again on the spot. After four tries, or a touchdown, the ball goes to the other team. The game ends when either team gets cold.
Okay come on, seriously ice bowling sounds like a ton of fun right? Do not forget the camera! I Ice's most fun forms--that of a gigantic bowling lane. On the night before the party, we fill ten (or more) plastic quart or litre bottles and several gallon jugs with water. We add a bit of food coloring to each, and then put them out to freeze. To play, we set out the quart containers as bowling pins, back up ten feet or so, and use the frozen gallon jugs to knock down the quart jugs.
Agree on two items to serve as "flags." They should be brightly coloured to be seen easily in the snow. Gather your teams, two or three players each side will work.
Decide ahead of time what happens when captured. Either choose to make players "out" for the rest of the game, converted to the team that caught them, or put in a "jail" to be rescued by their team-mates.
Retreat by team into your territory to hide the flag. The flag must be hung at head height and be visible from 20 yards away on at least one side. Your mission is to capture the others flags while not getting hit by the enemy’s snow balls (try colouring the snowballs with paint or dye)
As seen in the January Issue of Main Street Magazine.
, ISSN: 1920-4299 by Rain Enterprises Canada
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