Snow days are a chance for kids to frolic outside building snowmen, having snowball fights and making snow angels. That often burns out quickly, leaving parents grasping for fun snow day activities that don’t involve a screen. It’s not uncommon for snow days to turn into TV marathons, but it’s important to keep kids active and engaged, even when the weather outside may be a bit frightful.
With the right preparation of snow day activities, it’s easy to keep them busy, and you may even start to enjoy being snowbound yourself. Here are creative snow day activities to try that will keep kids active and entertained for a good while.
Make Snow Ice Cream
Grab some fresh snow, vanilla and condensed milk. Not only does it make delicious ice cream, but it is also so fun to make with the kids. Snow ice cream is one of those classic childhood experiences that every kid needs to try at least once and is a great tradition they can always remember and carry on.
Host a Snow Day for Indoor Toys
Sometimes switching up their surroundings is all that’s needed to bring new life to forgotten indoor toys. Bring a bucket of indoor toys outside to create a snowy small world for farm animals, dinosaurs, or whatever their little favorite characters are.
Playing with our indoor toys in a totally different environment encourages kids to think out of the box and to use their imaginations in a new way.
Take Inspiration from Books
If you’re looking for an indoor activity, look no further than the bookshelf for a wealth of activities inspired by children’s favorite literary characters. You can bake up your favorite treat and read aloud. Use the book themes to get inventive, such as Polar Express-themed train-building challenge.
Create an Outdoor Obstacle Course
Invite your kids to head to the shed or garage and search for some creative objects to create an obstacle course in the snow. Use items like hula hoops, sleds, pool noodles and plastic containers to build a course to challenge your children’s balance, speed and imagination.
As magical as the holiday season is, it can also be a stressful time for parents so take advantage of these ideas not only for your kids but for you too.