"Snow Day!" These two words build excitement in every child's heart while creating anxiety for their parents. What are we expected to do when we suddenly have a couple of unplanned days cooped up in the house with children—of any age?!
Here are three ideas to help you get through your snow days, which can be memorable family experiences:
1. Make Snow-Cream
This simple and inexpensive activity helps build anticipation of the “snow-event” while teaching kids how to measure and create something. A side benefit is that you end up with a yummy treat!
- 1 gallon clean snow
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk
- Place the bowl outside to catch the snowflakes.
- When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste.
- Add milk to desired consistency.
- Serve immediately!
2. Make Tree Ornaments
Make some fun and colorful tree ornaments. Here are several ways to go about it:
- Christmas balls: coat with glue and roll in glitter.
- Styrofoam balls: pin sequins and ribbon to the outside to create original ornaments
- Popcorn: Pop some popcorn and use a needle and thread to make popcorn strings for the birds
- Paper: Use construction paper, crayons, scissors, and ribbon to make paper ornaments
- Beads: String red and white beads (alternate) on a pipe cleaner, then bend the end to resemble a candy cane
3. Indoor Campout
Build a blanket fort, read some stories, and watch Christmas movies! Enjoy this precious time and build memories with your children. These moments won’t last forever.
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