Monday December 17, 2018
The Northeast has already been hit with the first major snowstorm of the season and as 2019 gets ready to roll around it looks like more snowy days could be upon us soon. If you have young children, then you know that the idea of being trapped at home with nowhere to go and nothing to do can be a maddening prospect.
Here are some of our favorite tips for fun activities to do with the kids on snow days:
- Build a pillow fort—When the weather outside is too icy to explore, come indoors and build your own playground with an old-fashioned pillow fort. Go all out with the kids and create tunnels around the den or in their bedrooms. Explore with flashlights and let their imagination run wild.
- Games (not the video kind)—Instead of spending time staring at a screen until their charge dies, now is a great time to break out the board games. We keep a handy closet full of them with old favorites and new—Chutes and Ladders and Candyland for the younger kids and Monopoly, Uno, and Risk for the older ones. Also, keep some jigsaw puzzles stocked in there as well for just such an occasion.
- Bake something—I’m not sure about you, but my childhood memories are full of the warmth from the kitchen oven baking all kinds of goodies. This is the perfect time to break out the cookie dough or brownie mix and make something together. If you have any icing or food coloring handy, you can have the kids help decorate. Cooking together is a great bonding experience that can lead to a life-long skill.
- Top it off with a homemade snow cone—While you are spending some time cooking together, put a bowl outside to catch the snow as it falls to the ground. When it’s full, bring it in and divide it into cups and add some fruit punch or juice to the ice and you have a homemade snow cone.
You can create some great memories when it comes to spending time indoors during bad winter weather. These are activities and bonding moments that you and your children can look back on with joy for years to come.