Snow Day! 5 Winter Activities for Kids to Creatively Beat Cabin Fever
Posted byBethany Johnson
Despite all the forecasting and predictions, the occasional snow day still takes everyone by delighted surprise. As it should! There’s something wonderful about all responsibilities suddenly being lifted in the name of staying off treacherous roads.
An hour into it, however, and the kids are at each other’s throats. Or worse — they’re pestering you.
Not to worry. Here are five unique winter activities for kids perfect for those special snow days.
1. Do the Expected
Before getting creative, exhaust the traditional fun snow games. In other words, do those snow angels. Make that snowman. Have a snowball fight. You may be surprised by your kids’ creativity when presented classic cold-weather childhood activities.
2. Bring the Outside In
To save your little ones’ fingers and toes from freezing, you plan to return home long before they get too cold. But that doesn’t mean the snow fun is over! Before heading in, grab a bucket and a few shovels, and have your youngsters scoop snow into the bucket to haul inside. Once warm indoors, put your bucket of magic in the empty bath tub and let your kids continue sculpting, mashing and coloring — yes, coloring. Simply offer cookie cutters, spatulas, tongs and other kitchen utensils, and they’ll do the rest. To liven things up, add a drop or two of food coloring to a small dish and provide paint brushes for your young artists to paint the snow.
3. Craft up Compassion
Spend some time staring out the window together. Chances are, you’ll see a chickadee or song bird trying to stay warm and find food. Encourage your child’s natural compassion and craft a tasty bird feeder to keep critters well-fed through the cold snap. Here’s how.
- Gather supplies. You’ll need one pine cone per child, nut butter, a 12″ length of twine, a butter knife and bird seed.
- Make a mess. Have your children smear a good old glob of nut butter on the exterior of their toilet paper tube. Remember to stay relaxed if you notice the sticky stuff migrating to hands, clothing or hair. It washes.
- Add the seeds. Next, pour some bird seed onto a flat surface, and let your young do-gooders roll their TP tube in the seed so it sticks onto the nutty butter.
- Hang it up. Lastly, loop your twine through the tube and tie its ends together to form what looks like a bird feeder necklace. Ask your children which branch would best accommodate your homemade bird feast, and hang it there.
- Clean up. Once back inside, clean up, keeping one eye on your craft. Don’t be discouraged if only one of you notices your first visitor. After all, some little birdies are quick.
4. Spend a Day in Denial
Snow days are so fun … at first. When the novelty wears off, kids can get antsy in a hustle. One solution is to deny it’s winter. Crank your favorite summertime playlist of classic hot-weather tunes and ditch your dinner plans in favor of an indoor picnic. Add a couple degrees to your thermostat (It won’t wreck your budget if it’s just this once!) and don tank tops, shorts, sunglasses and sandals. Distribute folding fans and leis, make frozen lemonade and do the hula. Rig up a kid-size hammock by tying a flat sheet in a knot atop a console table, and letting the middle sag down between its legs. Talk longingly of the “good old days,” and how you miss Old Man Winter.
5. Make It a Marathon
Instead of choosing a favorite board game or two, grab them all from the closet and break out the snacks. Snow days are special, so keep them sacred by lifting the limit on how many games you can play before starting laundry or doing housework. Play until your kids say “enough,” not the other way around. As you can imagine, this may turn into a memorable marathon, which is the perfect tradition for future snow days.
- Posted by Bethany Johnson
- On February 15, 2017