Top 10 Snow Day Activities for Children
November has reared its formidable head, and with November comes snow. Snow can be fun, and enjoyable, but also snow can produce some challenges for others. In the winter months, vehicles struggle to start, water in the home may freeze, ice makes the roads difficult for travel, and a wide range of other struggles that come with snow and ice.
However, some of the best memories from our childhood come in the form of snow days. A Snow Day (n): a day on which a school or other institution is closed due to heavy snowfall or other extreme winter weather. In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, most of us reading this remember the days of waist-high deep snow falls, shoveling out the driveway and sledding with our brothers, sisters, and close relatives.
Recall, we built snow castles and spent hours on end in the snow. Later in the day we found ourselves sound asleep with a mid-day nap and some hot chocolate.
In today’s environment, I think most parents are seeing children spending more and more time indoors. Children just don’t walk to school, uphill both ways, like we used to. Am I right, parents and grandparents?
Before we stroll too far down memory lane, let’s take a deep dive into the Top 10 Snow Day Activities for Children.
1. “Do You Wanna Build a SnowMan?”
2. Build a Snow Castle
This one is less descriptive, but can be a great snow day activity. Here is a simple method for building a snow fort or snow castle.
3. Neighborhood Play Date
Now that you have a beautiful snow man and a snow fort, you’re in a prime position to hold a neighborhood play date. Invite all of your friends over to help build forts and snowmen. Forts and snowmen are easier to come by once you get neighborhood friends to come over and help.
Leverage your friends to build a beautiful commune.
4. Bake, Bake, Bake… Bake some Cookies
If you sang that in the KC & The Sunshine Band tune, give yourself a round of applause. A great treat during the break to warm up little hands, toes, and faces includes cookies. Cookies are simple to make, and you can typically make 20-30 cookies for all of the little snow people coming to your house for the neighborhood play date.
Sledding is one of the most common snow day activities. If you do not have a sled, there are a couple of ways to make sledding possible.
6. Building the Snow Fort
Much like the snow castle, the snow fort comes with a roof over the top. This one is much less detailed, but may come with a little bit more work.
7. Movie Marathon
This is a great option for most families, as there are most snow days whereas families are snowed in. If you’re unable to access the main roads or it is recommended to stay off the roads.
Play the hits.
Parents, this is a great opportunity to relive your childhood by showing your children your absolute favorite classics. Consider moves like, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Dumbo, Little Rascals, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Pop some popcorn and snuggle up under the blankets with your loved ones.
8. Art Projects
According to an article by Care.com, they recommend using a snow day to overcome snow day boredom. Art projects allow you and your children to undertake a creative project, something artistic that can be hung on the fridge or framed.
Consider some projects like:
9. Science Projects
In a recent article published on the Tribal Child Support Blog, we provided a how-to guide on making slime, entitled, “Most popular activity to do with your kids.”
Slime is the most popular at-home activity with children according to MyKidsAdventures.com.
10. Shovel Driveways and Walkways
In this time of need and heavy amounts of snow falling, you likely have neighbors in need of snow removal.
This is a great opportunity to work with your friends and family members to go out and help members in your community.
It only takes your time, and a couple of shovels. Consider the elderly and disabled individuals in your community, check in with them and make sure they can get out of their homes, and into town for some of the essentials.
In most cases, the elderly and disabled do not have the capacity to shovel their own walkways and driveways.
Grab some friends, pick up a couple of shovels and walk around helping your neighbors. You may be able to charge a small sum of money to do walkways and driveways.
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