Kids of all ages will enjoy a snow day across the country today. We went from a few schools opening late earlier this morning to nearly every school in central Virginia closed for the day. Check WSET.com for central Virginia school and work closings.
There may not be enough snow for sledding where you live today, but these outdoor and indoor snow day activities will keep your kids busy during this winter’s snow days.
Playing in the snow is at the top of the list of how kids like to spend a snow day. Whether they are building snow forts, having snowball fights or sledding, kids love snow.
Bundle the kids up and head outdoors for a day of sledding. If you have a hill in your yard, you’re lucky. If not, walk to the nearest big hill in your neighborhood. Invite friends to bring their sleds and hold sledding races. See which type of sled is fastest and whether it’s faster sledding alone or with two people on a sled.
Some moms make snow cream when it snows. Here’s a simple recipe from AllRecipes.com for snow ice cream.
Snow Ice Cream
Place a large, clean bowl outside when it starts to snow and collect 1 gallon of snow. Add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix. Stir in 2 cups of milk, until snow cream is the proper consistency. Serve at once and enjoy.
Some kids like to eat snow just the way it comes down, eating snow by the handful. Other kids love making snowballs to use as weapons against their brothers and sisters.
Have a snowball fight. Set up teams or play kids vs. adults. You might need to build snow forts first so you have a refuge from the battle.
Build a snowman. You can work together as a family to make one snowman or let each family member make their own creation. Don’t forget charcoal for the eyes and mouth and a carrot nose.
Build a snow igloo. You will find a step-by-step guide at Instructables.com to help you make a snow igloo in your yard using powdery snow. You will need to add a little water to powdery snow for better building.
Younger kids will get cold quickly when playing in the snow. Preschoolers will enjoy building snow angels by lying in the ground and moving arms up and down to create wings.
Young kids may not be comfortable sledding alone so use a sled that will hold two or more and enjoy family sledding. Teens and ‘tweens may prefer snowboarding or snowtubing.
Take a winter hike together. Bring a camera to capture to sights and sounds of winter fun in your neighborhood.
After the snow fun, come inside and enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows. When you’re done, pull out the craft box and have fun with snow crafts.
Snow crafts are fun for kids of all ages. Start with a sheet of blue construction paper. Cut three balls from white paper to make a snowman. Glue cotton balls to the paper to make a snowy background. Add confetti snowflakes or make cut snowflakes from white paper and glue to the paper.
Cut snowflakes from white construction paper. Fold the paper to form a square, cutting off the excess paper. Fold the square into a triangle, then fold several additional times into smaller triangles. Using scissors, cut shapes into the small triangle. When done cutting, open your paper and you’ll have a unique snowflake.
Play a board game or watch movies together. Pop some popcorn, cuddle together in a warm blanket and enjoy spending time together.
When the winter winds blow, take time to enjoy the gift of a snow day. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, a snow day offers fun for all ages.