Fun Things to Do on Snow Days

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Last year we had a full week home with snow days. Late on day two, we made a list. I hope it helps on your next snow day!

  • Stay in your pajamas with your kids all day
  • Take bubbles baths
  • Bake cookies from scratch
  • Color
  • Paint
  • Any craft kits that have been sitting on the shelf – our favorite is potholder looms
  • Rent movies on demand
  • Charades
  • Board games – make a list of all that’s available
  • Puzzles
  • Pillow forts
  • Blanket fort under the dining room table
  • Hide-n-go-seek in the house
  • Sardines
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Build a Lego or Ello town
  • Puppet shows
  • Set up the racetrack or train set
  • Card games – teach them Go Fish, War, King’s Corner’s and Spoons if you haven’t already
  • Any gross motor play you have – a ball pit, a sit-n-spin, balance board, mini trampoline, or jumps ropes
  • Any pretend play – get out the doll house or the airport set, again make a list of all that’s available
  • Dress up clothes – In our house, it’s usually a fashion show, but it may be a fire station in yours.
  • Read aloud – good to start a new chapter book
  • Water play at the kitchen sink
  • Make home made playdoh
  • Play with regular playdoh
  • Teach your children every campfire or patriotic song you can remember
  • Play with cornstarch and water – so fun if you get the mix right and cleans up easy as soon as it dries
  • Let the kids make lunch
  • Play restaurant with waiters at lunch
  • Picnic in the living room for snack
  • Here is a post with lots more active indoor play ideas
  • BUNDLE UP AND GO OUTSIDE – make snowmen, throw snowballs, use an ice box and make bricks for an igloo, make snow ice cream, go sledding, go for a nature walk or slide on (absolutely safe depth) ice patches.

Please comment and share your snow day ideas!

Ideas for Active Indoor Play

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I just saw the first weather prediction map for this winter. It looks just as bad as last year. Of course, it’s still great to get kids outside in rain and snow, but sometimes the weather is too bad, or they are just ready to be back inside. Last year, I posted a list of things to do on snow days – https://parentingbydrrene.com/2011/12/17/fun-things-to-do-on-snow-days/.  This post is an additional list of ideas for more active indoor play.

  • Jump rope
  • Jumpolene
  • Mini trampoline – check safety guidelines first
  • Balance board
  • Sock skating on hard wood or linoleum – paper plates on carpet also works well
  • Tumbling mat
  • Build pillow forts (couch cushions) or blanket houses (draped over the dining room table)
  • Balloon games – keep away, keep it in the air, tennis
  • Ping pong – there’s also a smaller table top version
  • Wii – dance and sports games
  • Bouncy ball games
  • Hula hoops
  • Paddle ball toy or yoyos
  • No-run hide-and-seek or sardines
  • Dance parties – freeze dance and teacher supply stores have movement and music CDs
  • Hopscotch mat – make this with painters tape on the floor or sidewalk chalk on low carpet
  • Sit-n-spin
  • Limbo
  • Twister or Hullabaloo
  • Circle games – London Bridges, Ring Around the Rosie, Jenny Mouse, The Farmer in the Dell, My Little Boat, Elephant, Duck/Duck/Goose, Hokey Pokey, Jump Jim Joe
  • Listening games – Monkey OR Elephant, Palm Tree, Boat OR Knights, Kings and Riders (each take three people). For singles – Simon Says, Do This – Do That
  • Nerf dart guns or Nerf basketball
  • Indoor baseball – paper towel bat and rolled up sock ball
  • Obstacle courses
  • Yoga
  • Challenge walking – have them only crawl or scootch or crab-walk for an hour
  • Books are rocks, chairs and beds are islands and the floors are lava
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