Summer and Winter

by Deb on December 2, 2010

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In Australia Summer starts on the 1st of December, so happy Summer everyone!  I know other countries use different dates, but given the weather there’s been lately I think the North is well and truly beginning winter.  And especially given the holidays coming up and kids at home, here are some simple summer and winter games you can play.


  1. Sprinkler rainbows and generally running around under the sprinklers.
  2. Big tubs of water with tea sets, containers and balls.
  3. Bikes
  4. Tip the water from your big tub out into the dirt to make rivers and mud.
  5. Make shadows and draw around them.
  6. Freeze bananas, yoghurt and fun iceblocks.
  7. Then let the ice melt.
  8. Winter

  9. Cook stained glass biscuits, this recipe over at the Nurture Store looks wonderful.
  10. Play with candles either putting them out or playing with the wax.
  11. When it’s dark and gloomy outside is a great time to play with torches.
  12. Build yourself an obstacle course with pillows, cushions, quilts, chairs and tables.
  13. Do frost paintings with the condensation on the windows.
  14. Jump in puddles and play in the rain 🙂

Enjoy playing over the holidays!

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Marita December 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

When my girls were much younger I used to freeze water in icecream containers and then put the big block of ice into their paddling pool for them to play with.

I’d also freeze bottles of water and wrap them in tea towels and put them in the girls cots at night to help keep them cool during really warm nights.

This year at Heidi’s 5th birthday party we had an ice treasure hunt, we froze toys in water and hide them in the garden. The children had to find the frozen treasures and then use a variety of tools to get the toys out. Took some experimenting to work out what toys could freeze without breaking. So much fun.


Virginia Cavanaugh December 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

We use to make snow ice cream using the homemade ice cream mix at the store in the winter.

Best Wishes
Virginia Cavanaugh


Judy December 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Happy TT and Happy First Day of Summer to you from me in chilly south Georgia, USA 🙂

Liked your ideas of fun things to do no matter what the season 🙂
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A Redhead Named Sam December 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

The stained glass gingerbread cookies look like so much fun! I wish my cousins were closer to me (distance wise) so we could make them this year.
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Harriet December 3, 2010 at 12:55 am

Brings back a lot of memories.

Have a great Thursday!


{S.T.U.F.F.} December 4, 2010 at 12:41 am

Happy Summer!
I’m jealous!!!!

Your links are fun!



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