Snow days. Do you love them or dread them? I personally love them! I watch for school closings, which is silly because we home school. I remember loving them as a kid so I think I just get nostalgic as I see snow falling and know that kids may be staying home to play.
If you live in a state where it snows you have probably experienced a few. We don’t have a lot of them here in Colorado, but they do happen from time to time. Now the task is deciding how to spend the day. I have compiled a list of fun and engaging activities to keep your kids busy on those unexpected snow days!
1. Baking is a great way to spend a snow day. If your kids are anything like mine they love getting in the kitchen and making yummy treats. Baking is the perfect way to stay warm on a cold day. Here is a link to one of our snow day favorites: https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/144137/snowday-cookie-shovels/
2. Watching movies is another fun way to spend a snow day. I like to keep a surprise movie on hand for days like these. I usually stock up on movies during holiday sales. I especially love introducing them to classics from my childhood. So grab some popcorn and a blanket and make a day out of it!
3. Go out and play in the snow. My daughter loves getting out in the snow. You could build a snowman (or snowgirl), have a snowball fight, make a snow angel, or go sledding. Finish the day with some yummy hot chocolate.
4. Create a snow day craft. The possibilities are endless for this one. I try to keep craft bags on hand for days like this but it is always fun to just get creative too. Here is one of my favorites!
Materials: 3 tablespoons of borax, pipe cleaners (any color), string, wooden craft stick or dowel, wire cutters or scissors, boiling water, wide mouth jar, food coloring if desired
- First you will bend your pipe cleaner into a snowflake shape.
- Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.
- Twist the sections together at their centers to form a six-sided snowflake shape. The sides do not have to be even, they can be trimmed if desired.
- The snowflake should fit inside the jar.
- Tie the string to the end of one of the snowflake arms.
- Tie the other end of the string to the wooden craft stick. You want the string to be long enough for the snowflake to almost reach the bottom of the jar.
- Fill the wide mouth pint jar with boiling water.
- You will add one tablespoons of borax at a time to the boiling water(3 total) stir until dissolved. It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar.
- If desired, you may tint the mixture with food coloring.
- Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the wooden craft stick rests on top of the jar and the snowflake is completely covered with liquid and hangs freely (not quite touching the bottom of the jar).
- Allow the jar to sit overnight.
- Watch your crystals grow!
You can use these as sun catchers or beautiful ornaments for your tree.
5. Make snow ice cream. First, gather all of your non-snow ingredients: granulated sugar, milk (you can use any kind of milk), salt, vanilla extract. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Then put the bowl in the freezer while you step outside to collect your snow. You will need about 8 cups of fresh clean snow. Immediately stir the snow into the milk mixture, and keep adding until you achieve an ice cream like consistency. It should be fluffy and scoop-able, not runny. Enjoy! You will want to eat it right away as it will melt fast.