So, is it just me, or does everyone love the idea of a snow day?
No work, getting cozy, relaxing, and nothing on the to-do list except curling up with a good book or watching movies all day . . . Oh, wait, that used to be what snow days looked like. Now, I’m a mom and I have tiny humans to entertain. You feeling my pain? Don’t worry, we’ve got a list of some things to keep kiddos occupied so that the snowy day inside is fun for everyone!
Snow Day Activities (to keep kids occupied and mom happy)
- Bake or make something fun for breakfast
Let those little fingers help and be part of the process. I know, they take so much longer and there’s a mess to clean up, but it’s worth it and so much fun for the kids! So, remember what this snow day game is all about – fun (and survival, but also fun)! Looking for a cozy breakfast idea? Here is a link to some of our favorites for your next snow day!
- Read a book
Some winter favorites like The Mitten, The Snowy Day, or The First Day of Winter are sure to get you and your littles excited about the season!
I always have construction paper, cotton balls, glitter glue, markers, and pipe cleaners on hand. You could also have the kiddos make cut out snowflakes for a festive snow day craft!
- Screen Time
Regardless of how you feel about screen time, once a book or two has been read, and you’ve done some crafts, it’s really not going to kill anyone to watch one or two episodes of a favorite cartoon, or that Snow Day movie. Bonus points if the movie or show also includes snow!)
- Go Outside
No, I haven’t lost my mind. Regardless of how cold it is, take the insane amount of time to bundle up your little people, and send them outside. Certainly, there’s a good chance it will take longer to bundle up than the time they will spend outside. That’s ok, just do it! Make snow angels, build a snowman and if you have a sled, more bonus points. Find a little hill and give it a go a couple of times. It’s a snow day, have some fun!
- Comfort Food
So, the kids are outside turning themselves into human snowpeople. Finally, the house is a little quiet, so this is probably a good time to get something like dinner prep accomplished! So, grab the slow cooker and get dinner going in time to have a warm meal ready by the end of the day!. Need a recipe idea? Check out our Favorite Fall slow cooker recipes!
- Hot Drinks
Hot drinks are a MUST upon reentry from the arctic tundra known as outside. Certainly, something fantastic like tea with honey or hot chocolate with marshmallows will be perfect today!
Yes, you’re likely to drink a LOT of coffee on a snow day. Embrace it, Mama.
Sometimes little toes still need an extra special warm-up too, and this next activity is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Nothing makes me feel much better than a warm bath, and on an extra cold day, I let the kids indulge a little. Go ahead, break out those dreaded bath crayons and bubbles and let the kiddos go to town!
- Homemade Snow Ice Cream
Last, but not least, one of our favorite traditions. We aren’t able to do this one often, but when we have enough accumulation . . . homemade snow ice cream is on the menu!!