Here in North Carolina, we were bombarded with snow and cold temperatures that just won't go away. Being the south, all of the schools are closed (probably until the temperatures rise above freezing, so who know for how long) and I'm stuck with three
rotten energetic kids. We're on day 5 now...
So how do I keep from going crazy with the "I'm bored" and noise? By keeping them busy, of course!
Here's my list of 50 Snow Day Activities to keep your kiddos out of your hair:
- Build a SnowmanExtra points if you recite the words to Frozen while you do!
- Go SleddingAll you need is a trashcan lid and a hill if you don't have a sled.
- Snowball FightThis one works best for older kids; hitting a 3-year-old with a ball of snow may result in tears.
- Hot ChocolateMaking a special drink is a guaranteed way to get smiles, no matter the age. I recommend my favorite White Chocolate Mocha, which can be made caffeine-free for the younger ones!
- Movie and popcorn
Here's a Homemade Kettle Corn recipe that everyone will love.
- Build a Pillow Fort
Stack pillows, drape with blankets - you know the drill. Make it even more special by streaming some Christmas lights through it.
- Make up silly songs
Parody popular songs that your kids already know all the words to. Using bathroom humor is always a big hit if you have gross little boys.
- Read a book
Some of my favorites for long days indoors are Shel Silverstein books or Dr. Suess.
- Board games
Candy Land, Kerplunk, Monopoly... just be ready to break up arguments over who should win. This is a good way to teach little ones to be patient and take turns.
- Card games
Go Fish and War are my kiddos favorites. Little ones can even practice matching cards.
- Scavenger hunt
This one takes a little time to set up, but has the potential to keep your munchkins busy for hours.
- Chore chart
Hey, they're home... why not put them to work?
- Paper airplanes
Of course with little ones this means you'll be making a bunch of paper airplanes, but then they can have flying contests or block-knockdown-contests. Be creative!
- Puppet show
Old socks, markers, and a big cardboard box with a window cut out and your kids will be making up all kinds of puppet show plays for you. With a little paint, you can make an awesome DIY Puppet Show Theater.
- Play dress up
- Write a story
This one is a blast if you have more than one kid. Let them take turns telling their story and building on each other's stories. You'll be amazed at how
weirdcreative kids can be!
- Bake cookies
- Make a collage
Collages were my favorite when I was a kid. Just gather up some old magazines, scissors, and a glue stick, and let them have at it. If they get stuck, help them come up with some scenes to make.
- Cardboard box house
Or fort or town or racetrack... The possibilities are endless with cardboard box ideas!
- Indoor camping
- Write a letter
- Tie-Dye a shirt
- Play Mad Libs
- Hide and Seek
- Floor is Lava
- Call Grandma
- Indoor Picnic
- Math games
- Flashlight Tag
You'll have to clear out a room for this one to avoid bumps and bruises from running into furniture, but then they get to run and chase each other - and work off some of that pent up energy!
- Toilet Paper Bowling
Stack up some toilet paper, roll a ball, and see how many you can knock down. Best part, it's a free game!
- Learn to Crochet
- Practice Sign Language
- Speak in Pig Latin
- Make up a New Language
- Build with Legos
- Make Snow Cream
- Make Snow Angels
- Build an Igloo
- Play I-Spy
- Dance Party
Turn up the music and dance like no ones watching. Everyone needs to do this with their kids at least once!
- Paint a picture together
- Try out a new recipe
- Bundle up and go for a walk
What are your favorite ways to keep the little ones busy on a day when you're stuck in the house?