Twenty Fun Activities to Do on a Snow Day!

Snow DayIt’s a snow day here in the Midwest. Personally, I love bonus days like these, but I know that some of you may need some fresh ideas for keeping the kids busy!

If you need some inspiration for how to use your bonus day try one or more of these ideas:

1. Bake cookies. (If you have school age kids, it’s a great day to teach them how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.)  Here are a few of my favorite recipes: No-Bake Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

2. Stay in your jammies all day.

3. Let the kids build a fort in the house and let them have a picnic lunch in their fort.

4. Teach the kids how to play solitaire…not on the computer…with real cards!

5. Pull out a board game you haven’t played in ages.

6. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.

7. Have a tea party.

8. Have a marshmallow fight.

9. Blow bubbles in the house.

10. Fill the bathtub, pull out pool toys, pull out the swimsuits, and let the kids go “swimming” in the bathtub.  You can even fill the bathtub with snow and let the kids enjoy the snow in the warmth of your home!

11. Because you have the time, try a new recipe for dinner.

12. Have the kids draw pictures for grandparents or aunts and uncles who live far away.  Teach them how to address an envelope and prepare something to be mailed.

13. Shut off the television, the computers, the video games, and have everyone read for an hour.

14. Make puppets out of paper bags and have a puppet show.

15. If it’s not subzero where you live, fill spray bottles with colored water and let the kids spray paint pictures in the snow.

16. Get a head start on making homemade valentines for the kids to give to friends, grandparents, and other special people in their life.

17. Make snow ice cream.

18. Watch family movies or look at photo albums with the kids.

19. As much as you possibly can…be a yes mom!

20. Register for the 2016 National Hearts at Home Conference (your family will thank you)!

What about you?  What other ideas do you have for using a snow day to the fullest?


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6 thoughts on “Twenty Fun Activities to Do on a Snow Day!

  1. My kids are 5 and 4. Here are some things we’ve done on our snow days:
    +Make hardboiled eggs and decorate them! (I buy a couple of inexpensive egg dying kits after Easter so we can have fun dying eggs year round. If you don’t have an egg dying kit, you can also use food coloring.)
    +Write a letter to the child we sponsor through Compassion International.
    +”The Fizzy Experiment” – Place some baking soda in a glass dish. Put white vinegar in a small glass bowl. Add a couple drops of food coloring to the vinegar. Have your child use an eye dropper to suck up vinegar and squirt it into the dish of baking soda. Watch the fizz! This website has some other easy science experiments you can do with your kids using things you already have in your pantry.

  2. We have very cold weather here, but we have done these activities in the past. We have made water balloons with food coloring in them and then let them freeze outside. They end up looking like giant glass paperweights for along the sidewalk. Also we have tried blowing bubbles outside in the cold- they crack like glass when they break- very cool!