Despite the warm(ish) weather we’ve been having, we all know that snow is just around the corner. For fun, I thought I’d prepare myself for the inevitable “what can we do?” questions from my kids by brainstorming a list of possible stay-at-home activities for those blustery winter days.
- Bake cookies. For even easier baking, make up a batch of cookie dough ahead, scoop it out and freeze the pre-measured dough so you can pull out as many cookies as you’d like on that snowy day and bake them in small batches.
- Use dry erase markers to draw on your windows or sliding glass door.
- Throw the kids in the tub with shaving cream to “paint” – the kids get clean and your tub will smell great.
- Make a fort in the living room out of blankets and pillows.
- Make vegetable soup – have the kids help you chop and stir.
- Draw pictures and write letters to friends and family who are out of town.
- Find silly videos to watch on YouTube.
- Have your kids put on a play – give them a prompt for the story (fairytale, action heroes, etc…) and record their final product.
- Have breakfast for dinner (brinner).
- Pull out a large section of cardboard (a cut-open box will work) and draw a road and town on it for kids to play on with their cars or other toys.
- Crank up the tunes and have a dance party.
- Turn up the heat, put on summer clothes and pretend you are at the beach.
- Use a roll of painter’s tape and run it back and forth between the walls in your hallway to create a maze of “laser beams” the kids have to try and make it through without touching (as though they are spies).
- Make paper airplanes and have a plane-flying contest.
- Have a webcam Skype “date” with other friends who are stuck at home in the snow.
- Fill a large bowl with clean snow from outside, drizzle honey over the top and dig in with spoons.
- Make bird feeders by covering an empty toilet paper roll with peanut butter and rolling in bird seed and then slide it over a branch.
- Pull out finger paints and make artwork using finger and hand prints.
- Create homemade Jolly Rancher suckers.
- Go through your kids’ toys (with your kiddos) and help them pick out a box of items to donate.
- Use the microwave (or your stove if you cook with gas and have an open flame – be sure to help the kids with this one) to make s’mores.
- Cut out snowflakes and tape them to the windows.
- Play “I Spy” around the house or looking out the window.
- Make a list of things you want to do in the summer, daydreaming about what to do once the weather gets warm.[clear]
And last, but certainly not least,
- Bundle up, go outside and play!
What does your family like to do when the snow flies?