That Time We Made a Movie: Winter Activities

Here are 5 winter activities to do indoors as a family, including how to make a stop-motion movie! And, here's a $5,000 #giveaway! #goldfishmoments #ad #win

I have to say something. We made a MOVIE today! We dreamed a dream of a movie, and turned it into.. a MOVIE!

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?”

Alabama-born Athena wonders the same!

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.

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4 – This one only takes two words – BLANKET FORT!

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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!

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  1. That movie is fantastic and you crazy sledding kiddos! I think sledding on the dirt like we have here might not be as much fun…. Long live Goldfish!!

  2. I live in California, I’ve experienced a blizzard in Maryland where we had to shovel out our car. It was exciting and amusing for me because three days later I was back in sunny California. I couldn’t imagine having to deal with snow 3-4 months out of the year. I can only imagine how stir crazy everyone gets. Wow! I loved your movie; I’m going to make a stop motion movie sometime this month. That’s a very LOOOONG driveway! 😉

    1. Wow, even Maryland has an occasional blizzard, eh? Shoveling out cars = NOT FUN. I used to live in California, so this gets me really bad here.
      Our driveway is so long! That’s only half of it!

  3. I don’t think I can convey how impressed I am by your movie. I’m quite sure I could never come up with something that good :)! And I still want to sled with Scarlet.

    1. Well I can’t convey how touched I am by your comment! It was so hard to put that movie together!
      Scarlet says she’ll sled with you anytime.

  4. I just love your video and now I need to learn how to do that. You’ve got to teach me! We love Goldfish in our house and you can always find them here. We use them as snacks for when we’re heading out, for school, any reason. Madison loves them all especially the specially made ones.

  5. We are big fans of goldfish…..especially the (extra?) cheddar kind!! Then there are the multicolored ones–they are VERY popular in my house 🙂

  6. Haha, such a cute video! In high school I made a stop motion video on the Great Gatsby using my dollhouse. It was quite tedious to make — I can only imagine the possibilities if there were the apps that are available now!

  7. That was the most adorable thing ever! How in the world?!
    C and I loved it!
    He is a HUGE fan of goldfish ever since he could eat them. Of course the best flavours are only sold in the US and every time we cross over we have to hit the grocery store and stock up on the bestest flavours. I swear Canadian customs looks at our receipts and laughs at us. Like “Yup, total parents. Nothing but kid’s apparel, cheap US milk and stocked up on Goldfish?”

    1. !! It wasn’t even that hard. I was pretty nervous about it for days, though. I can show you how to make one easily!
      Remind me to send you Goldfish! That’s too funny. I think customs is used to this. I used to cross the border just to get Smarties and Aero bars.

  8. Our kids got a lot of games and puzzles for Christmas. So we have been playing lots of games and putting together lots of puzzles.
    We have never made a movie though, but I think it would be a lot of fun. Yours was cute!

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