By Megan Taylor
With the prediction of snow comes the prediction of no school. A day out of class is every child’s dream. A day full of fun and being lazy, until one snow day turns into several and the same activities become boring. Never fear, these ideas can brighten up any snow day for children of all ages!
At-home spa day: Make the day a day of relaxation. Pamper yourself and your kids with homemade facials, mani/pedis and massages. Turn your home into a salon with music and refreshments. You can even bring out the robes for the true atmosphere.
Indoor camping and picnic: Bring the outdoors inside! Make it a real camping experience and pitch a tent in the living room or playroom. No tent? Place four chairs into a square and drape a blanket on top. Set chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and anything else you may need while camping inside and around the tent. If you are having an indoor picnic, place a tablecloth down on the floor and pack in a picnic basket. Eat only foods you would have while outdoors. And you can’t forget the s’mores! Roast the marshmallows in the microwave, oven, or over a candle. There is nothing better than this chocolatey, crunchy goodness.
Craft projects: Snow days are the perfect time to actually make all the projects you saved on Pinterest. A few suggestions are: magazine mosaics, snowman marshmallows and, one of my favorites, ornaments or handprints out of sourdough. The sourdough project is perfect for remembering your child’s size at a certain age. For this DIY project, all you need is:
- 4 cups flour
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 cup salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix together ingredients and roll into a flat sheet. Cut out desired shapes. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool before painting or adding designs.
Cook and bake: Mix together a special sweet treat for the day, or get ahead for the week. Stock up on breads, muffins, soups, or anything else your family eats on a regular basis. This is also a good chance to make items that freeze well.
Have a dance party: Turn up the music with this exciting idea. Make it a dance competition among your family to see who has the best moves. Take it an extra step and add judges and create a gameshow atmosphere. The dance party also gets your kids up and moving while stuck indoors.
Science experiments: Just because there is no school, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new. Some simple experiments are cleaning pennies with vinegar or making lava with vegetable oil, but the following idea will make you all slimy; hence, the name “homemade slime.”
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup white craft glue
- ¼ cup liquid starch
- Food coloring
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Mix together the glue and water in the mixing bowl. Add in the food coloring and stir. Next, pour the liquid starch into the combination and mix. The slime will be in a blob and the more you play with it the easier it becomes to hold and stretch. Store your slime in a Ziplock bag.
Games: Board games never go out of style. Not interested in sitting down for a game? Create a live-action game by making an obstacle course or a treasure hunt with items around your home. This is another great way to blow off some energy.
Playing Outside: Of course, no snow day would be complete without playing outside. Build a snowman, sled down the neighborhood hill, or make snow cream. Bring some food coloring outside and turn your snow into different colors. Put the kids to work shoveling snow from the driveway and steps.
Make the most out of your snow day with these ideas and create some memories in the meantime. After all, no one knows when the next winter snow will fall!