My husband salted the porch, steps and driveway. We stocked up on groceries, and made sure batteries, flashlights, and cameras were near. What we failed to do for this snow day? Plan for entertaining an overactive 3 year old in the house for 7 longs days. That’s right…7. In the last 7 days I’ve been out of my house only once to travel to the grocery store. My daughter has been as far as the yard to play in the snow. I love my daughter to death, don’t get me wrong….but I’m sure most mothers can relate ….brief absence does, indeed, make the heart grow fonder!
In an effort to ensure that other mothers don’t make the same mistake as I did, I’ve dug up a few ideas for entertaining your children, the next time your snowed in. Heed my warning and DO NOT I repeat DO NOT allow your lack of planning to lead to extreme anxiety and nervousness at the sound of SpongeBob’s voice. By keeping a box of these handy snow day supplies handy, you can ensure your next snow day does not end in PTSD for you and your child!!!
Investigate some snowflakes
With a simple magnifying glass and a piece of dark fabric, you can turn your children’s snow day into an educational experience. Your children will have fun investigating the snowflakes and checking out the many unique shapes and sizes they come in. You can extend this activity by encouraging them to draw a picture of what they saw when you’re finished.
Build a Fort
This snow day activity never gets olds. Whether you’re a newbie to snow forts, or a seasoned pro, there’s always new creations to be made. Visit www.simplemom.net for a few ideas and tips for your next snow fort creation! Your kids will LOVE this activity, and if you’re lucky it may wear them down enough for a nap afterwards.
Destri and www.themotherhuddle.com loves to let her children craft letters. She discovered this activity when stumbling upon a few blank left over thank you letters when cleaning her closet. Using markers, stamps, paints, stickers, or whatever else you have handy around the house you can allow your children to make fun letters. This is also a more personal way of saying “hello” to grandparents, old friends, distant relatives, etc. If you’re lucky, you’re children may even receive return mail, making it even more fun!
Create a Drive In Move Theater
If you’re children are like most, they LOVE to play pretend. One fun snow day activity is to create a drive-in movie theater. You can do this by simply finding and helping your children to decorate and old box as a concession stand! If you’ve got a printer handy, www.fleecefun.com has free printables available to make your concession stand even more authentic! Add popcorn, soda, and/or candy and you’ve got a fully functional drive in right in your living room!
Water Color the Snow
One awesome idea I’ve seen on Facebook is water coloring the snow!!!! Simply fill bottles with different waters colored with food dye and paint the snow outside with them! I’ve seen some pretty creative things from painted snowmen, forts, to even beautiful colorful painted snow ducks!!!! Guaranteed to entertain your children, and likely your neighbors as well.
Hope these ideas help you out, if your stuck in the snow!!! Most importantly, have fun. Remember, a good old fashioned storybook and a nice warm cup of hot chocolate never go out of style either!! Feel free to comment with your ideas for snowy/rainy days!
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