Wednesday, January 18, 2012

10 Snow Day Ideas

It's snowing outside and the kids are home from school bored and wanting something to do. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing - just take the day for what it is and have some fun!


When's the last time you strapped on all of you snow gear, went outside and just had some fun with the kids? Now is the perfect opportunity to just be a kid again and enjoy that snow day as it was meant to be enjoyed.  

1. Build A Snowman. Heck, build a whole snow family.

2. Have a snowball fight. Divide into two teams and take the time to let each team build a snow fort. Once both forts have been forged - go for it and go Buddy The Elf on the other team.

3. Go for a snow walk. It's one of my favorite things to do. Snow isn't much fun to drive in, but it's great to go for walks in: so peaceful and beautiful. Take the camera with you and capture some beautiful shots of the world blanketed in white.

4. Sledding - of course. Even if you don't own a good snow sled (we only have an ice sled that has been kicking around my entire life) it's easy to find something around the house that will work. Anything smooth and plastic works great: laundry basket, garbage can lid, storage tote lids, a large baking sheet or a small inflatable swimming pool all work wonders in a pinch.

5. Roast Marshmallows. Yup, you heard right. Dig the fire pit out of the snow and have a fire outside. Doing something unexpected like that takes an ordinary activity and makes it memorable.


Being outside in the snow not your thing but you don't want the kids sitting in front of the TV all day long? Here are a few ideas to keep you busy even when staying in the warmth of the house.

1. Make S'mores in the fireplace. Okay, you didn't like the roasting marshmallows in the snow idea? You can still make this activity fun. Do it inside, in the fireplace. Another unexpected, unusual activity for the time of year.

2. Make Snowflakes. It's snowing outside, so stay with the feel of the day and make it snow inside as well. Let the kids loose with paper and scissors and make a bunch of snowflakes. Hang them from the ceiling for a beautiful snowfall inside as well.

3. Coloring Contest. Break out the crayons and have a winter coloring contest. You can judge on several different categories so everyone wins something. Here are a few places you can go to get Winter coloring pages:

Winter Coloring Pages
Crayola Coloring Pages
Free Kids Coloring
Coloring Pages For Kids

4. Game Day. Now would be a good time to dust off the boxes of those games in the game closet and have some good ol' fashioned fun. If you need some good game ideas to stock up your closet with, take a look at our Game Reviews here on Family Strong. I add to this list often - games we have tried, own and love. They are tested and proven winners.

5. Cookies and Hot Chocolate. What goes better on a cold winter day than fresh out of the oven cookies and hot chocolate to go with it. Especially if you have been playing outside for the better part of the morning. Your house smells yummy, it warms everything up and it's absolutely comforting. I'm breaking out the chocolate chips later today!

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