School snow days can really throw a wrench in your week. And we seem to be having a lot of them lately.
As a kid, I always loved waking up early and watching for my school to be listed on the news channel.
As a parent though, getting that phone call means I have to find a way to entertain my three year old all day. And that can be exhausting.
It’s important to have an arsenal of snow day activities up your sleeves. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep the sanity during those days when you are trapped at home!
Enjoy Simple Fun
Stay in Your Jammies All Day! The best part of snow days!
Turn the Usual Toys into Something Elaborate: These are the days I like to build an elaborate train track with my son; or set up a fancy village with blocks. You have all day – be creative!
Break out New Toys: Snow days are a good day to introduce a new toy, or pull out something that’s been out of rotation for a while.
Build a Fort: Blankets, sheets, tablecloths, anything works! Drape it over the kitchen table, or set up an elaborate tent in the living room. The kids can hide away underneath (hopefully) all day!
Quiet Time: Books, puzzles, single player games are all great ways to have some quiet time. We love puzzles in this house! And it’s a surefire way for mommy to get her laundry done while he spends lots of time completing every puzzle!
Find Your Inner Artist: Paint or color. Mold with Play-doh or clay. Make beaded necklaces or elbow macaroni jewelry. Get creative and break out those art supplies!
Make a sensory bin: You can make a simple bin with dry beans, pasta or rice. A basin with dish soap and water makes for a little bath for dolls. Shaving Cream is fun to squish and smoosh. You can get really creative if you want but sometimes, the simplest sensory bins are the most fun!
Bake: Cookies, cakes, brownies, a family favorite dessert. Even the littlest ones can mix or pour the ingredients into the bowl!
Enjoy family time: Watch a movie. Play a board game. Have fun as a family!
Go Outside in the Snow!
Bundle the kids up for some fun play in the snow! Make snow angels, build a snowman, dig a tunnel, go sledding. Heck, put them to work and have them start shoveling!
Don’t forget the hot chocolate when you come back inside!
If it’s a little too cold to be outside, bring some snow in the house. We like filling up a big bowl of snow, setting up towels in the kitchen, and letting our son go crazy with wooden spoons, plastic ladles and cups. We make little snowmen. We watch the snow melt. We’ve even painted the snow with food coloring. Just make sure to wear gloves. Even though you’re inside, the snow is still cold!
Make Dinner Special
Snow Days can seem dreadful but make sure you have a good list of activities in your snow day plan contingency plans and the day will hopefully cruise without too many tantrums and sibling fights !