Don't let the frigid temperatures freeze your outdoor plans.
Lake Effect's outdoor adventure contributors, Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer, share kid-friendly activities for cold weather.
If it is could enough outside and the wind is low, blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze, float and shatter on the ground.
Color Balloons, a.k.a. "the sidewalk chalk of winter"
Fill up a balloon with water and food coloring, then leave out to freeze overnight. Remove the rubber balloon material and you have colorful orbs to decorate your snowy landscape.
Put food coloring into a spray bottle and spray it onto the snow canvas in your yard. Or, use paint brushes to add color to your snowman.
Instant Maple Ice Cream
Pour maple syrup onto the snow and collect with a popsicle stick for a special winter time treat.
Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer are the minds behind the website DestinationNature.net, and authors of the new book, The Truth About Nature: A Family’s Guide to 144 Common Myths About the Great Outdoors.