Baby, It’s Cold Outside…
They’ve built the snowman, now what?
Snow days can be fun if the snow is light and fluffy, and the temperature is warm enough to handle playing outside. Other times it is too cold and kids can only take a few minutes outside. It seems like a daunting task to find enough fun activities with the kids, other than endless screen time.
We’ve done the work for you. Here are 15+ ideas for FUN ways to keep the kids engaged and bring the family together before everyone goes stir crazy.
Indoor Snow Day FUN for All Ages
Mission Impossible Laser Maze
All you need is some string or leftover party streamers to invite little and big kids to be a spy. Place a basket of treasures at the end, get the kids in all black, and come up with those spy names and backstories. Then find a hallway and tape, set up their maze, and let their creative fun loose. For an additional challenge, add a bell so they know if they got caught.
Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling
All that’s needed for this simple game are glow sticks and empty plastic bottles. Fill water in the bottles, drop a glow stick inside, and screw the cap on tight. Grab a small basketball (or another ball with enough heft to knock over the bottles), turn off the lights, and shoot for a strike.
Play Balloon Tennis
Grab one of those leftover birthday balloons and birthday plates and play some indoor tennis! For younger kids do something simple like keep the balloon off of the ground and for older kids feel free to make up your own rules and point system.
Go on an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Customize an indoor scavenger hunt for your kids, and feel free to make it as easy or as hard as your kid’s age allows. Devise riddles and have a prize at the end, or take some pictures of things around the house and have the kids race to find them. Reading practice, critical thinking, and exercise – a definite win-win.
Dance Your Pants Off
Exercise videos for kids are a great way to burn off excess energy and teach mindfulness. The Learning Station on YouTube offers a variety of goofy kid-friendly songs to dance and sing to, including holiday hits. My kids love their Brain Break Action Songs, and they always end up laughing. These are perfectly geared for toddlers to early elementary kids, and even parents can get in on the action.
Try a Victorian Parlour Game
Games like Charades and Simon Says originated years ago, and they’re a perfect way to spend a snow day. Try this list, including the game ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ where the person who’s ‘it’ is the only one who is allowed to smile.
Relax the Day Away
Enjoy Spa Day
Find a cozy spot – near the fireplace – grab nail polish, a tub, Epsom salts, lotion and turn on soft music. Make hot chocolate, and take turns pampering each other. Try making your own lotion or face mask. Don’t forget the cucumber slices.
Make Snow Ice Cream
Head outside to scoop up fresh snow and bring it inside to turn it into a tasty treat. Sugar, vanilla, and either half-and-half or whole milk combine with snow to make a delicious ice cream. Have fun adding toppings, make a sundae, and sit back with your creation.
Learn Finger Knitting
Have some spare yarn around? Try getting those fingers moving by teaching kids finger knitting. It’s the perfect thing to do on the couch by a fire, listening to music, or watching their favorite movie for the fifteenth time.
Do Downward Dog
Your kids will love joining Jaime at Cosmic Kids Yoga for mindfulness activities and yoga stories. Trolls, Moana, Star Wars, Minecraft are examples of all of the adventures kids can have while learning yoga poses in a fun way.
You Can’t Be Bored with a Board Game
It wouldn’t be a snow day without dragging a game from the board game closet. Before you get stuck playing Monopoly or Candyland, check out our list of Ten Family Game Night Games You’ve Never Played But Need To.
Get Those Creative Juices Flowing
Make a Scent-tastic Homemade Playdough
Make your own playdough in whatever color and scent for an overall great sensory experience. Cinnamon and red food coloring, purple food dye and lavender oil, cocoa powder, the possibilities are endless. Tiny beads, stones, sticks, or regular playdough equipment works just as well with the homemade dough.
Set Up An Art Buffet
Let the artistic imagination run wild! Find a tablecloth, cover that dining room table and raid the art supplies. Pencils, pens, markers, crayons, stamps, stickers, old magazines, washi tape, dot markers, paint, glue, scissors, string, beads are all great ideas. Step back and see what unique creations result.
Put on a Puppet Show With Homemade Sock Puppets
Use those lonely single socks that will never have their match again for these adorable sock puppets. There are a bevy of ideas such as a snake, bee, a love bug.
Build a Fortress
Boxes, sheets, blankets, glow sticks, and rope all make great fortress building equipment.
Draw Your Heart Out
Print off this handy list of 31 fun drawing ideas for kids. Or, if they are looking for something step-by-step, Art Hub for Kids on YouTube provides a variety of videos for step-by-step drawings for all ages.
Do the Pretzel Twist
There’s no better way to get kids eating their food than to have them involved in the process. Try this easy-from-scratch pretzel recipe with your kids and let them have fun kneading the dough and twisting their own creations.
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