I did not think I was capable of this, but I have dreamed about making movies for most of my life. Although today was a thaw day, reminiscent of March and April and all the goodness coming our way, the fact remains that we’re still smack in the beginning of winter. I think Des agrees with me that it’s not a favorite season, because he asked me last week, “When is life going to get normal again?” I asked him what he meant and he said, “I mean – when is there not going to be snow anymore?”
Winter can be long in New England. Not only that, but afternoons, weekends, and snow days can be challenging – when you feel like you’re too cooped up at home. That’s why I have a list of five winter activities you can do as a family.
Five Winter Activities to Do as a Family:
1 – Sorry, but this cannot wait another second. We made a stop motion movie using Goldfish crackers! Other than than, the production was pure imagination and spirit. I had a tripod for my camera, but not my iPhone. I have a car phone holder for it, though, and I just need you to know – this is SO MUCH FUN. You can make one yourself too! The sky is the limit. We knew we wanted a valentine theme and thought about ways to add movement and effects. I bought some green yarn for grass, and we cut out hearts and clouds. It was so much fun to move everything on our movie board just a little bit at a time, and think about what that might come out like. We shot this movie in 224 stills, and had no idea what it would look like until it was done. It took us two hours together, but every second was bonding and fun. What you can do with Goldfish crackers!
2 – I have found a brand new love for sledding. I had no idea it was so freeing and wonderful. Here, Scarlet enjoys a thrilling, winter, family activity, and we didn’t even have to leave our home! This is our own long and exciting driveway:
3 – Making recipes. We had a snow day on Saturday, which wasn’t a big one, but four inches of snow and ice kept us indoors. We made pink sparkly cupcakes, homemade pasta (yes, really), and had snack time with Goldfish crackers. My favorite kind is Goldfish Baked With Whole Grain, but the kids favor Goldfish Colors or Goldfish Cheddar. There is something for everyone.
4 – This one only takes two words – BLANKET FORT!
5 – Arts and crafts. I’m more of an arts person – working on dioramas, photos, words with the kids. I once came home from a two hour photoshoot, and Cassidy had built an entire castle out of cardboard, though. Imagination is strong in our household.
Goldfish crackers are always baked with real cheese, have no artificial flavors or preservatives, have colors sourced from plants – like annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree, and Baked With Whole Grain Cheddar (my favorite!) has 12 grams of whole grain per serving. What I know is that they help bring our family together, always.
What kinds of winter activities do you do as a family in the winter? Visit GoldfishTales page for inspiration and information about the Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience! You can submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!