Snow days might seem fun at first – especially for kids – but after a bowl of cereal and about an hour of cartoons, the excitement quickly halts to a stop. One day is okay, but when the snowstorm rolls into day two the kids are crying that they’re bored and looking to you for solace. This situation can be pretty stressful when the snow day bombards you unexpectedly. But don’t fret. Luckily, we have a handful of activities to keep your kiddos occupied.
Build a Fort
It may not be the most fun activity to clean up, but everyone loves a good fort. It keeps the kids engaged, and it confines them to one part of the house for the day, which in turn means they’re out of your hair. For extra fun, use darker blankets or sheets for the outer layer to make the inside pitch black. Bring flashlights inside and share spooky ghost stories. The kids can have their own campground in the comfort of the living room. Take that, snow day!
Hot Cocoa and Cookies
Of course, there’s the option of simply mixing up some hot cocoa and sipping it while watching the snow fall outdoors. But if you and the kids are feeling creative – try creating hot cocoa sticks, or mason jars of homemade hot cocoa mixture! To make hot cocoa sticks, simply whip up this easy batter recipe, pour it into ice cube trays, and then place the stick or spoon into the mixture and let it freeze. Remember not to use a plastic spoon or stick, as it may melt after sitting in the hot cocoa. The mason jar activity is best if you have a homemade hot cocoa recipe that you want to whip up and save for a later date. If you don’t have a personal recipe, try this popular one. Mason jar hot cocoas are a sweet treat, too! Consider crafting a few batches, and then having the children gift them to teachers, friends or family the next day.
Shadow Puppet Show
Not everyone has puppets at their disposal, but most of us have a flashlight lying around somewhere. Check out this awesome hand shadow puppet tutorial and choose a few characters to master. The kids will have a ball coming up with their own play and performing it for you. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Have you ever seen those movies where the cement is wet, and the kids place their hands in it to leave a permanent print? Well, you can do that inside the home, too. All you really need is baking soda, cornstarch and water. Create a clay mixture, and then have the kids stamp their handprint or footprint. Finally, bake it in the oven so it will last forever. Check out the easy tutorial here.
You would think everyone loves cake, because cake is cake, right? It’s delicious! Well, those with kids know it’s not always so simple. Sometimes one kid has allergies, or one kid hates sprinkles while the other demands sprinkles. Mug cakes are a godsend when this occurs. Kids can choose their own flavor cake, and parents don’t have to worry about having a bunch of leftovers that will inevitably end up in the trash. Mug cakes are a great way for everyone to enjoy a personalized, tasty treat. Check out these delicious recipes.