Snow days are exciting for all children – not only do they not have to go to school, but they can spend time having lots of seasonal fun. Next time your kids do not have class, fire up the space heaters, grab some hot cocoa and try one of these eight exciting winter activities to keep the whole family entertained.
1. Snow art
Do you have creative children? Try this artistic exercise, which allows them to use the snow as their canvas. Care.com recommends filling empty spray bottles with a mixture of water and food coloring and letting your kids decorate your snowy yard. This is also a great idea to try when it comes to adding some life to a traditional snowman.
2. Snow ice cream
Making this delicious winter treat will surely become a snow day tradition. First, scoop up snow into cups – since you will be eating it, make sure you get it from a clean spot. Next, blend 1/2 cup whole milk with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Once the sugar has dissolved, add 4 cups of snow and mix it together until the consistency resembles that of ice cream. Family blog Her View From Home suggests topping the frozen delicacy with sprinkles and chocolate syrup.
Gather up any old magazines, newspapers or holiday cards you have around the house and put them to good use. Cut out pictures and words and have your kids decorate poster boards, or use paper plates if you are short on craft supplies. Woman's Day magazine suggests having your children glue their favorite scraps to the front of a notebook that can become their own special journals.
4. Bird feeders
This idea from Her View From Home is perfect for families with animal enthusiasts. Use it as an opportunity to both do arts and crafts and learn about the world of birds. First, put bird seed on a tray. Spread a generous amount of peanut butter around the outside of an empty cardboard paper towel roll. Roll this in the seed until it is covered. Slide it on to a tree branch in your yard and watch as hungry birds stop by for a snack.
5. Camp inside
Since it is too cold to set up camp outside, bring the fun of outdoor adventures into your living room. Let the kids wear their pajamas all day, turn down the lights and set up a tent. If you do not have one, Care.com suggests making forts out of blankets and pillows. Watch movies, tell ghost stories and enjoy camping snacks like s'mores.
6. Marshmallow snowmen
If the wind is too strong to make actual snowmen, make some sweet miniature ones right in your kitchen. Place three large marshmallows on a plate and use chocolate chips to create eyes, a nose and buttons. Her View From Home recommends popping it into the microwave for a few seconds. When it comes out, add pretzel sticks to create arms and dig into this delicious winter treat.
7. Outdoor tic-tac-toe
Create a life size tic-tac-toe board in the snow by drawing lines with a stick. Parents magazine suggests using twigs to make the "X" and pinecones to represent the "O." Have a tournament and see who is the best player in your family.
8. Snow globes
This idea will keep your youngsters occupied all morning. First, gather a bunch of old jars and trinkets or toys you do not mind ruining. Use strong glue to attach the knickknacks to the lid of the jar. Parents magazine recommends filling the jar with baby oil and plenty of glitter. Screw on the decorated lids, shake it up and watch it snow!
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