California Snowball Fights & Other Fun Stuff

California Snowball Fights & Other Fun Stuff - Life With Lorelai

Snowball Fights – California Style!

Plus Other Fun Activities – Free Printables

Living at the beach in Southern California, we don’t see much snow. In fact, I’ve seen it at home a total of twice in my lifetime. On both of those occasions, the snow melted as soon as it hit the ground. The occasional hail storm is as close to snow on the ground as we get. And let’s face it, hail would hurt! So, to have the fun of snowball fights, we have to get a little creative…

I have a couple of options for you.

The first involves PVC sprinkler pipe, a few fittings, and mini marshmallows. All you need for the second idea is Playdough. I guarantee the laughs will ensue!

California Snowball Shooters:

Every year on the last day of school before Christmas vacation, the teachers and staff would gather in the courtyard and sing Christmas carols as the students and parents arrived to school. It was always a wonderful tradition. One year, at the end of the singing, the entire staff whipped out these little beauties…

The next thing we knew, us parents and students were under attack. It was a California Snowball Fight. Mini marshmallows were flying everywhere. Kids were picking them up and throwing them back at the teachers. It was wild, it was crazy, and it was a TON of fun.

I thought about what a simple idea this California Snowball Shooter was, and decided to make some for my family. We have had so much fun with these mini marshmallow snowball fights. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of all the fun we’ve had each year with these, because I was too busy being involved in the melee.

Here’s what it takes to make your own California Snowball Shooter:

  • 3 lengths PVC tube / pipe – 1/2 inch diameter is fine
  • 1 T-fitting
  • 2 Open Couplers
  • 1 Cap
  • A Hacksaw or something to cut the pipe.
  • Mini Marshmallows

As you can see in the above picture, you can make your shooters different sizes, but the construction is the same. Cut your three pieces of PVC pipe (one for the handle, the other two for the shooter). Connect the three pieces to the T-fitting. Place the cap on the bottom of the handle, and the two open couplers one on each end of the shooter.

All that is left is to stuff a mini marshmallow into one end of the shooter and blow from the other end… let the snowball fights begin…

If you are giving these as a gift, add a little tag like this:

“California Snowball Shooter: Stuff a mini marshmallow into the tube and blow!”

 

Playdough Snowball Fights:

Sometimes it’s tough to be a kid in the hospital… and sometimes it’s not. If you have read my About Lorelai page, you know that Rory has been hospitalized throughout her entire life, a lot. Thank goodness for an excellent hospital, doctors, and nurses, but in this case the true heroes were her Child Life Specialists. The job of these amazing people is to help the children cope with their illness, hospitalizations, and situations. We had several Playdough Snowball Fights over the years, sometimes indoors, and others outside. Oh, my, gosh did they all have FUN! Take a look…

All you need for this game is Playdough!

Rory, Bonnie, and Stephanie rolled the Playdough into smallish balls so they would have lots of ammunition. The IV pole made a great snowball holder. We tried to clean everything up, but when I would take Rory out to the garden for a walk, we would catch a glimpse of color peeking out from somewhere. The memories made us giggle. Years later the Playdough Snowball Fights are still being talked about as one of the greatest events ever!

The best thing about BOTH of these Snowball Fights is since they do not require snow, you can have them all year round!

Other Fun Stuff:

I have gathered a collection of FREE printable Christmas activities that can be fun for the entire family. Roll the dice and draw a snowman. Find your way through a Christmas maze. Unscramble Christmas words. And have some fun with Christmas songs.

Roll-A-Snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll-A-Snowman Word File / PDF File

Christmas Tree Lights Maze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Lights Maze Word File / PDF File

Christmas Word Scramble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Word Scramble Word File / PDF File

4 different Christmas Song Games / Quizzes

Christmas Song Games and Quizzes Word File / PDF File

Printables found at: Mrs. Albanese’s Class, Kidspot, Bowtie Products, About Home – Family Crafts

 

I hope you and your family will enjoy the California Snowball Shooters, Playdough Snowball Fights, and the FREE Printable Games.

 

Have you ever heard of a California Snowball Shooter?

Ever had Playdough Snowball Fights?

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Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cakes

or Snowball Cookies

A Recipe for
The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway
#Ultimatecookieparty

I am Co-hosting the virtual Cookie & Goodies Exchange party with several of my blogger buddies, I hope you will pop by for a visit and exchange a few recipes with us.

This cookie recipe has been a forever family favorite in my house. Delicious barely describes these melt-in-your-mouth wonders, and the recipe is super easy too! We have always called them Mexican Wedding Cakes, but some people call them Snowball Cookies. Because these cookies do look like little snowballs, they make a perfect holiday cookie.

The recipe has six ingredients: Butter, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, Flour, Salt, and Nuts.

You bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, then roll the cookies in powdered sugar.

Easy right? So, onto the Directions and Recipe.

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Slightly soften the butter. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy. Add flour, salt, and finely chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but have also used pecans). Mix well.

The dough is soft and crumbly. It seems like it’s on the dry side, but it’s not. It will stick together easily. Roll the mixed dough into small balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake until lightly golden  and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Drop into powdered sugar and roll around to cover the cookie. Place cookie on wax paper. Once the entire sheet of cookies has been dusted with powdered sugar, dunk them through the powdered sugar a second time. Return to wax paper to finish cooling.

Don’t these look scrumptious?

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Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies
 
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A scrumptious cookie recipe that is good all year round, but particularly lends itself to the winter holidays since the cookie looks like a tiny snowball.
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 3-6 dozen
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Nuts (finely chopped walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Additional Powdered Sugar for rolling after baking.
Directions:
  1. Use slighty softened Butter. Add Powdered Sugar and Vanilla
  2. Whisk until smooth and creamy
  3. Add Flour, Salt, and Nuts, mix until well blended
  4. Roll Dough between the palms of your hands to make small balls
  5. Place Dough Balls on UNGREASED cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden
  7. Let cookies cool on sheet for 1-2 minutes
  8. Drop individual cookies into the additional Powdered Sugar and roll around to coat.
  9. Place cookie onto Wax Paper
  10. When all cookies from the baking sheet are coated, go back and coat a second time with Powdered Sugar
Notes
This recipe yields 3-6 dozen cookies depending on how large or small you roll you dough balls.

I bake my cookies for 10 minutes to start and add a minute at a time if needed.

This recipe is part of The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway, found at https://lifewithlorelai.com/2014/11/09/ultimate-cookie-party-giveaway/
#Ultimatecookieparty

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I hope you will enjoy the Mexican Wedding Cakes as much as we do. Be sure to stop by The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway and link up some of your holiday favorites! It’s a cookie and goodie exchange, so take away some great new recipes to try.

What are your family favorite holiday cookies?

#Ultimatecookieparty

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