Snow days are very exciting for children, but can wreck havoc on the plans of parents who all of a sudden find themselves at home without any “plans” for the day. With the threat of cabin fever looming ahead, don’t panic! Here are 5 simple ideas that will keep your little ones occupied on snow days this winter. Bonus: You will all have fun with them while stuck inside during a blizzard!
1. Bubble paint: Mix paint into bubble solution and use the bubble wand to blow bubbles over construction paper. Watch the colors pop and make a beautiful painting!
2. Indoor bowling: Take empty water bottles and fill them with a little water to anchor them. At the end of a hallway or up against a wall, set the bottles up (6 work well) in a triangle, roll the ball and hit those pins! Younger kids should use a larger ball, but older children can use a tennis ball for a bigger challenge.
3. Make story stones: Take smooth round stones, if you don’t have stones in the house, you can use blocks, or cardboard box “cut out” cards, and place a sticker on each one. Make the stickers into open-ended words/phrases that will intrigue your child, such as animals, or people. Move the stones around using them to create different stories. See how many stories you can come up with. Your child will have so much fun they won’t know they are actually learning!
4. Have an indoor snowball fight: Instead of going outside in a blizzard, crumple white or blue paper up into a ball and cover in plastic wrap until there is a smooth, opaque layer. Use a hairdryer to heat the edges so that they won’t unravel. Repeat these steps until you have as many snow balls as you want and then time to play!
5. Use dry erase markers on windows: Dry erase markers are easy to wipe away on glass. Kids can use the markers to draw spontaneously or create designs, and play educational games. Let their imagination take over, by having them draw a blizzard scene. Try a “math contest”, allowing children to take turns answering different problems, or a game of hangman, challenging your child with this week’s spelling words.
We know being stuck at home on a snow day can be daunting, but try these activities to pass the time, and have loads of fun! Happy snow day!