Remember when you were young and couldn’t wait to have a Snow Day off from school? The thrill of having the entire day to build forts, have snowball fights and go sledding. With record cold temperatures hovering in negative degrees and the wind chill factor being dangerously low, a Snow Day this year means staying indoors.
How can you have fun inside with your stir-crazy kids? Here are my top four favorite activities to do on a record cold Snow Day with children.
Top 4 Favorite Activities For A Snow Day
1. Take the snowball fight frenzy indoors on a Snow Day
One of our customers bought a bag of soft plush snowballs and had her grandchildren engage in a snowball fight right in her living room. It was fun for all ages, and even her 90 year old Aunt got in the action. A wonderful way for your little ones to spend some of their pent-up energy on a Snow Day!
- Make sure that there is plenty of room and no breakables in the vicinity
- Divide into teams and have each side construct their own fort using blankets and chairs
2. A Snow Day is the perfect time to play board games
Another way to gather everyone around is to play a board game together on a Snow Day. They will be developing their cognitive skills even if they are not in the classroom! While it may be too challenging to get them all to agree, you can have each child pick his or her favorite and then play them all! Our best list of games for all ages young and old include:
- Ticket to Ride
- Chinese Checkers
3. Craft projects for a chilly Snow Day
A day spent indoors on a Snow Day is the perfect time to let children explore their creativity. All you need are a few supplies and the kids will do the rest! No matter what bits and pieces you have laying around, kids will make something out of them with a little glue, paint and imagination! Put your own creativity to the test and prepare to be amazed! Here are some household items useful to have on hand:
- Popcicle sticks
- Colorful pipe cleaners
- Small pompoms
- Q-tips/Cotton balls
- Paper plates
4. Bake up sweet treats on a Snow Day
Children love to help in the kitchen, so let them make a batch of cookies, brownies or other homemade goodies on a Snow Day. Roll-out sugar cookies may be the messiest concoction but they are loads of fun. Kids love picking out cookie cutter shapes, coloring icing and decorating their treats with sprinkles and other toppings. Freshly baked cookies out of the oven are best with a tall glass of milk!
- Have multiple cookie cutters available so they can all work at the same time
- Before tinting icing, split it into multiple bowls and tint each one a different color
- Get creative – cut a heavy duty wrapping paper roll into smaller pieces so everyone has their own rolling pin
Easy Cutout Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 ¼ cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
2 sticks melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl and stir in remaining ingredients until well-blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- On lightly floured surface roll out dough to ¼” thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
- Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool and then spread on icing and add sprinkles.
Tip: If you don’t want to frost the cookies, add the sprinkles before baking.
Share this recipe with your friends who are also staying home with their kids on a Snow Day. See other Recipes at OrnamentShop.com or see our other Personalized Game Ornaments! If you have any other great ideas for other parents facing a freezing cold Snow Day, comment on this blog and help out another mom in need!