We can all agree the delight we took as children in hearing our school’s name read over the radio on those cold, snow-filled mornings. As adults, snow days can be less exciting, and could also mean coming up with on-the-spot ideas to entertain antsy little ones. Fortunately, Celebrations has a snowy day stash of everything you need to keep warm and keep busy when blustery weather forces you stay indoors.
Marshmallow Art: Fellow contributor Meaghan Mountford sparked this idea. Use edible ink markers to create mini works of art that look just about as good as they taste. Plop them in a fresh mug of homemade hot chocolate and watch your masterpieces melt into a gooey globs of sugary goodness. Just make sure you follow Meaghan's how to write on marshmallow tutorial!
Mulled Wine: For those “adult only” snow days, there’s mulled wine. A devilish combo of spicy and sweet, this aromatic brew is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.
Movie Marathon: Weekends and holidays are often so jam-packed with to-do lists and festivities that simply plopping down on the sofa and watching your favorite flicks or TV shows back to back is quite the treat. In the advent of Netflix movie and television marathons have never been easier, just be sure to have plenty of popcorn on hand!
Knitting: There’s something charming and old timey about curling up with some needlework and going to town as the snow falls outside your window. Grab a ball of yarn, and of course some needles, and knit something small and simple so when the day is done you have something to show for it.
Pillow and Blanket Forts: Kids love building forts out of spare bedding, especially when it’s cold outside and the soft sheets and pillows are as cozy as can be. Help your little ones build a fort, and if you’re lucky maybe they’ll let you borrow it for some peaceful reading.
Snowmen and Women: What would a snow day be without a Frosty of your very own? Gather up old hats and scarves, and get to rolling! Carrots make perfect noses, but if your fresh out improvise with other household items—your neighbors will appreciate your creativity. If the weather isn't cooperating the kids can make indoor snowmen - the kind made from cotton balls and whatever they might find in the craft bin!
Snow Angels: Kids of all ages delight in waving their arms and legs around in the snow to create ethereal creatures that look as thought they might take flight at any moment.
Sledding: On a snow day hills become mountains, and backyards become wintery wonderlands, perfect for sledding and tumbling in the snow. Grab a sled or a trash can lid and take turns sliding down hills or snow banks.
Homemade Play Dough: All you need to make this basic, yet highly entertaining, homemade play dough can be found in your pantry. By adding a few drops of food dye to your dough, you’ll bring color to a dreary day.
Puppet Shows: put on living room matinee by making puppets out of old socks, gloves or other scraps you happen to have laying around. Create a stage out of cardboard boxes or duck behind the sofa; either way let your hands be the star of the show!
Storytelling: Take turns telling a tall tale or read aloud from your favorite book. Some of our favorite winter reads are The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt.
Snow Box: On days where it’s just too cold to play outside, bring the snow to you and yours. Pack a bin or box with snow and let the little ones go wild. Beach toys such as shovels or molds make excellent snow box toys too whether your outside or in.
Snowflake Window Decals: Make peel-and-stick snowflake decals using wax paper and puff paint. Even when the snow has melted or turned to muck, you’ll still have shimmering snowflakes to gaze at.
Snow Globes: Old jars are transformed into winter wonderlands with a little bit of glitter, water, and shaking! Check out this easy snow globe tutorial.
Chili: Nothing soothes the winter blues like a heaping bowl of homemade chili, and chances are you’ve got most of the ingredients already in your pantry ready to be mixed into a delightful brew. Serve with warm cornbread and plenty of cheddar cheese, and you’ll soon forget about the unshoveled driveway and snow-covered cars that await you outside.
Snowball Cookies: Sweet coconut and rich cream cheese rolled into little edible snowball cookies make for a quick and easy snow day snack that kids can make on their own.
Hot Chocolate: The ultimate snow day fare, hot chocolate is the most common cure for shivers, winter blues, and cabin fever. Mix things up a bit by trying a white chocolate variation or stir in a little peppermint extract for a cooling effect that will rock your wet socks.
Bubble Baths: On any other day the kiddos may fight the dreaded B-A-T-H, but when it’s cold outside a warm and sudsy tub is comfort to little bodies. Break out the bubble bath and tub toys, and when they’re done splashing around, it’s your turn!
Snowball Fight: Declare war on boredom by holding a snowball fight—set up teams or let every man fend for himself, either way be sure to duck when you see a something white and fluffy heading your way!
Snow Painting: Treat snow like the crisp, white canvas it is by filling up squeeze bottles with food coloring and water. Kids will love creating colorful masterpieces in the snow, and when it comes time for cleanup let Mother Nature take on the job.