Glorious Snow Days: Activities for kids

In the midst of stress, hard work and long hours, once in a while nature intervenes. The roads are closed, the office is impossible to get to and the neighborhood is paralyzed in white. When this happens it pays to have some snow day activities for kids on hand!

There’s nothing quite like a snow day. School cancelled, sports, events, outings, all those things which pull for our attention and time vanish in each accumulating snowflake. Take advantage to get outdoors and spend some quality time with your children; it could relieve some stress too!

Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute in New York, which conducts research on the work force says, “Parents are feeling like they don’t have enough time with their children. “It’s a function of people working so hard, and they are worried they’re shortchanging their children. I’ve never found a group of parents who believe they are spending enough time with their kids.”

A snow day is a perfect excuse to set aside work and build some memories with your children; take pictures and enjoy some family time, you won’t regret it.

Here are some links which provide fun outings and activities for your family:  http://nwtripfinder.com/2012/12/11/winter-feels-good/,

http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/snow/snow.html.

Here are some of my own ideas to inspire your indoor and outdoor activities:

Outdoor:

Grab a sled and make your own sledding hill; don’t forget “the jump”

Follow tracks

Build an igloo or snowman

Fill spray bottles full of colored water and let children paint snow

Go on a scavenger hunt in the snow.

Spread birdseed for birds

Go for an icicle hunt

 

Indoor:

Build forts with blankets

Play hide and seek (turn off all lights at night with flashlights in hand and hide!)

Tear up the Sunday paper into strips and swim in it.

Have a “beach day” where you crank up the heat, drink fruity umbrella drinks, do the Limbo and dance to the Beach boys.

Do a puzzle, play a board game.

String cranberries and popcorn to hang on the trees for animals

Teach your children to snowmen with the “bread in a bag” recipe: http://mudpiemamas.com/2012/10/23/cooking-with-kids-bread-in-a-bag/

Write a story with your children and illustrate it together

Make birthday cards for family and friends

Make a bird feeder from pinecones, peanut butter or shortening and birdseed

Have a teddy bear tea party

Power out? Put the tent up in the living room!

Roast s’mores

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