Snow Day Activities: HOT Ideas For a COLD & Snowy Winter Day!


Snow Day Activities

Fun & Festive Snow Day Activities

Parents: Do you remember that overwhelming feeling of pure joy and bliss as you heard your school was closed for a SNOW DAY? I remember waking up before the sun came up (even though I could barely wake up on time every other day) and pressing “redial” over and over on our landline phone to decide my fate: “Our school and all after school activities are canceled for the day” — the sentence would send adrenaline rushing through my body as I pondered over the incredible things that I could do with all of that free time.

Snow Day Haiku

Ten minutes later I was bored out of my mind.

While the kids are screaming for joy, mom and dad fear for the worst. Snow days can happen unpredictably, so we don’t quite know how to spend the time Mother Nature has so graciously given us on a weekday. Thankfully, I have a few ideas up my sleeves! Now that we are living in the Poconos, I see a lot more snow than I did in New York. This got me thinking about putting together a master list of ideas — and an old moving box (upcycle time!) for art supplies and snow day craft items.

Here are a few snow day activities and ideas to keep the kids busy if your school district is plagued with a SNOW DAY that came out of the blue…

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#1 BUILD A SNOW SCULPTURE

Yeah, I know this one is an obvious activity, but try to put a twist on it this time! Do some research online and find out how you can either perfect your snowman making techniques. If you are bored of building snowmen every year, snow sculptures are always an option! Ask the kids to sit around the computer and involve them in the research process. It’ll keep their minds going and you can practice their critical thinking skills, too.

Hot chocolate snowman

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#2 HOT COCOA & COOKIES

Mmm.. Another snow day favorite pasttime! Break out the hot cocoa and cookie making ingredients (or, any other baked goods you can whip up today! Stick with what you’ve got in the house; no need to rush to the store for cookie dough if the roads are bad!). Your family will need to warm up after playing in the snow, so whip up a nice warm cup of hot cocoa.

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#3 PAINT THE SNOW

I haven’t tried this one just yet, but heard from a friend that it is actually a lot of fun to do with the kids! Outside of your window is a giant, blank canvas just waiting for the kids to splash their artwork all over! Grab an empty plastic spray bottle, fill it with water and add food coloring. Ta-dah! It’s paint! Head outside and start spraying around the snow. Make sure you twist the nozzle head to spray straight instead of sprits. This could get messy, so I would recommend watching closely!

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#4 MAKE A WORD JOURNAL

This is an easy craft and a lot of fun, too! Grab a stack of old magazines and snip out any inspirational or motivational words, phrases and pictures. Grab a glue stick and paste them onto the front of a notebook to create a Wordy Journal! Ask the kids to write about where they want to be 1-year from today.

Word Journal Craft

 

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#5 GET A HEAD START ON VALENTINE’S DAY

It’s never too early to start planning ahead! Start prepping your family for Valentine’s Day with some homemade crafts, cards, and free Valentine’s Day printables.

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#6 INDOOR PICNIC PARTY

Lay down a blanket and enjoy some quality family time! Have the kids help you prepare lunch and pick out some items to bring along on your picnic. Find a perfect spot in the home — preferably away from the television (or, just make sure it is turned off!). Use a basket (if you have one) to pack up all of the items you are going to need on your picnic (adds a little authenticity!). Line up the kids and let them know its time to go on a picnic adventure! March around the house, winding around the rooms, across the floors, and down the hallway until you reach your final picnic destinaton. Lay down the picnic blanket, whip out your camera, and enjoy your family time!

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#7 SNOW IT FORWARD

Ask the kids to take a look around the house today and fill a bag or box with items they no longer use, want, or fit into. Whether it be an old pair of jeans or toy train, encourage your kids to really think about the last time they actually used the item. Pull out a shopping bag or an old box. Asking the kids to fill the bag as a goal will help them give up their old toys much easier. You can also offer a reward (such as 1 new toy as a reward for donating an entire box!).

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#8 THE LEGO SHOVEL

This game is actually courtesy of my son! Mister J was upset because there was just TOO MUCH snow and the windchill sent the outside temperature to a cool -30F. He really wanted to go outside and help daddy shovel, so we compromised.

LEGO blocks mess shovel

Grab your biggest bag of LEGO or MEGA BLOKS and dump them all over your living room floor (which should be completely cleared beforehand). Find a sand shovel (or similar item) and a few buckets/baskets. Assign a bucket to each child and line them up around the perimeter of your LEGO mess.

On the count of 3… everyone will shovel the LEGO blocks into their buckets! The game ends once all of the blocks are inside the buckets — and the floor is cleared again. Whoever has the most LEGO blocks in their bucket – WINS!

Keep Calm Snow Day Image

 

 

 

  • http://literarywinner.com Maggie C

    I’d MUCH rather shovel legos than snow! There’s some great ideas here. There’s always playing board games together too, if your kid is old enough.

  • Wendy R.

    I like the idea of getting a head start on Valentine’s day. It would work to get a jump on Easter or Saint Patrick’s day too. My problem is I have teens to entertain. They don’t like to do anything that doesn’t involve large sums of money. :)

  • http://ourmoderndayfairytale.blogspot.com/ Randi S

    Great ideas. I’d considered buying some snopaint at the store and couldn’t bring myself to spend the money…I’ll have to try the DIY version…much cheaper since we already have everything here!!

  • Ashley F

    It's the weekend, but we are snowed in here today! You've given me the motivation to get started on Valentines from my little one to her grandparents!

  • tanya holland

    These ideas are definitely needed this year. Too much snow. Me and my girls do a lot of crafts and coloring. Of course we do the hot chocolate and cookies. It keeps them busy for a little while.

  • Melissa Marinho

    Ah, yes, I remember those joyous days when school was cancelled due to snow! I was one excited child! Now that I’m a parent, not so exciting when an energetic 7 year old is stuck inside the house all day wanting nothing to do with the word ‘school’ :) The ice sculpture activity sounds fun, definitely something my daughter would enjoy doing, especially if it involves painting the snow as well! I might want to save that for a separate day though, seeing as there has been so many this year! The picnic adventure sounds great too, especially since my daughter loves to cook and make things. What a great way to bond with the kiddos as well!

  • http://learningtobe31.blogspot.com/ Bri Sherman

    I did snow painting with the kids I watch a few times and it was a HUGE hit! I’m definitely keeping it on the backburner for when I have kiddos of my own!

  • Linda Bradshaw

    These are great! I have my nieces coming to visit. This is perfect.