Some years here in Bellingham, WA it snows, and some years we just get a metric butt ton of rain all winter long.
Apparently this year is going to be a snow year. It’s November 3rd, and Mother Nature dumped some real early snow on us last night.
I like to say I was completely unaware that this snow was coming, but our weather reporters all had been predicting it for a week. (I just never believe them. They’re wrong a LOT. Weather here is real weird.)
So when I woke up this morning and the snow was drifted up everywhere, I panicked a little. I work from home, so that means if the kids are snowed in, I have to work AND make sure they are occupied.
Luckily, I made a list last time this happened. I got too many “OMG I am bored” comments last winter when we were snowed in for 5 days, so this time. I was prepared.
SO. To help save your sanity too, I give you Ten Things To Entertain Your Kids on a Snow Day!
- Make snow ice cream! Here’s a great recipe from one of my fave sites, The Kitchn.This one requires a bit of planning while it’s actively snowing, as you REALLY want fresh fallen snow for this one.
- Origami! You’ve got to have some paper of some sort lying around your house, even if it’s bills or the newspaper. Get your fold on with the top 10 origami things to make here.
- Build playing card houses! Here’s some basic instructions, but go wild! We used Uno cards because we had more of those – and knocking them down after concentrating so hard to build them is rather satisfying. PROTIP: keep your cat away. Ours was obsessed with the cards and kept knocking the whole thing over.
- Play board games! If y’all are anything like we are, you have a whole collection of board games that are collecting dust. Bust them out and play! Have a gaming marathon!
- Build a blanket fort! If you want to get all creative and awesome, here are some “grownup” blanket forts you can replicate. We just pulled all the cushions off the couch and gathered every blanket (including all the comforters from our beds) and used the dining room table as a prop. We read books for a bit, and I used my laptop to play music (and then watched a movie on Netflix).
- Make a funny video! Snag the kids’ toys and make a stop-motion video. Make a parody of your favorite music video. Film a vlog about how much you love/despise snow days.
- Make vision boards! Grab all those magazines you have piling up in your house, snag some paper, tape and scissors and get your vision on! I had my kids cut out images for their Christmas list too!
- Family dance party! We built a Spotify playlist that we love to put on any time, but it’s especially stellar for shaking off those “stuck in the house blues.
- Allow a certain amount of time for a mini-Netflix binge! 2 episodes of the new Magic School Bus. Or 3 episodes of Beat Bugs. Just stick to the allotted number of episodes so you’re not wasting precious snow day time!
- Go outside! It doesn’t snow too often here, and we love to play in it. For short amounts of time, and then come inside for hot cocoa.
Please let me know if you have anything to add to this list – I love hearing what others do to entertain their kids!
This post was written as a part of the NaBloPoMo, a daily blogging journey I am committing to in November 2017.