Sliding in the Snow

Grab your gloves and snow boots, it’s time for an adventure in a frozen wonderland—right in your own backyard! Here are fun twists on classic winter pastimes, like sledding and making snowmen. Learn how to design your own backyard winter Olympics.

Things to make and do include: • Saving a Snowflake Forever • Wacky Snow Creations • Making Your Own Snowshoes • Making a Snowball Launcher • Sidewalk Curling • Skijoring • And more!

Sliding in the Snow is a great way to get the kids outdoors and creating their own adventures. Here’s an activity from the book.

Snowball Launcher

Can’t throw a snowball far enough to hit your target? Build a snowball launcher so you’ll win every battle.

You will need:

  • 1 six-inch square denim (leather is better if you have some)
  • 2 shoelaces or twine (about the length from the center of your chest to your fingertips)
  • Duct tape

Cut an oval in the denim about five inches long and 2-1/2
 inches tall.

Cut two holes in the end of each side in the center, about 1/2 an inch from the ends. Take small strips of duct tape (about 1/4-inch) and line the edges of the hole to keep it from tearing when you thrown.

Take the shoelaces and tie one to each end of the oval.

Take the opposite end of one of the laces and tie it in a slipknot that can slide.

Hold the slipknot in your finger and take the end of the other lace, letting the denim dangle. Hold this end until your denim oval hangs evenly. Where you’re holding it, tie off the other shoelace in a double knot and cut off the excess.

It’s time to throw. Once you’ve rolled the perfect snowball, it’s time to hurl it.

Hook your middle finger of your throwing arm through the loop. Pinch the knot of the other end with your thumb and pointer finger using the same hand.

With your empty hand, load your snowball into the patch and hold onto it.

Now comes the fun part. Turn sideways toward your target. Hold your snowball in the launcher straight out, pointing to your target, like you’re aiming with your hand.

Hold the stringed hand against your chest. Your shoelaces should be taut.

As you drop the ball, pull back with your throwing hand and start swinging the launcher like you’re winding up for an overhand baseball pitch. After a few swings, release the end of the knotted shoelace and throw like a baseball.

The slipknot should tighten on your finger, launching the snowball into orbit.


Here’s a link to Amazon to purchase the book.

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