It’s winter time and are you dreading when the proverbial “snow day” arrives? While kid’s everywhere are jumping for joy, but it’s like 5 degrees outside – I know the cabin fever is inevitable and it can take a toll on everyone. Today, I am sharing some winter activities for kids when everyone is stuck indoors from the winter onslaught.
I have had the pleasure of experiencing several major snow storms in my life so I know all about activities for snow days. The problem: it has been a really mild winter this year. While planning and plotting how I would get pictures for a “snow day” without any actual snow, mother nature decided she would give…and give…and give some more! The big news last week here in the DC area was, of course, that winter storm Jonas left us with 25 inches of the powdery stuff.
This time around, we found out the dogs luuuuuuuuv the snow! We adopted two fur babies this past fall so this was their first snow with us. Crash, above, loved to romp through it, kicking the snow up with his heels for a big effect. Crash is a great dane/pitbull mix (BIG boy) so I sympathize with those whose small dogs would be swallowed by the snow. However, during the blizzard conditions, it was not all fun and games outside. With sustained winds of 50 mph Friday and Saturday, there was very little outside time.
No worries, though! I am always prepared to keep the stir-crazy at bay. This past summer I made an I’m Bored Jar Winter edition filled with about 50 activities for kids to enjoy. The rules are simple – Whatever stick you pick, you must do! There are 3 categories of activities in the Popsicle sticks – Learning, Fun Time, and Family. I made sure my activities did not require a whole lot of prep or were independent activities so that I could get some work done as well. Some sticks are also repeats such as “Chore of Mom’s choice” and “Read a book out loud”.
Learning / Creativity
- Read a book out loud
- Trace Your Body (using a roll of craft paper) and label the parts
- Work on a puzzle
- Make a fort
- Draw a family tree
- Color the rainbow
- Learn facts about an animal
- Play with Legos
- Create a collage with magazine cutouts – “wants/needs” “about me”
- Find something that starts (or ends) with every letter
- Make Paper Snowflakes
- My favorite “No Mess” Art Activity
- Make cars from toilet paper rolls
- Make paper airplanes
- Take a bath
- Dance to the radio for 30 minutes
- Take silly pictures
- Take a walk
- Practice rolls and somersaults
- Play charades
- Play a board game
- Color for 30 minutes
- Watch a movie
- Paint rocks
- Make hot chocolate
- Ball toss with plastic cups (arrange cups in a bullseye and put point values on them)
- Chore of Mom’s Choice
- Chore of your choice
- Write 5 things you appreciate
- Write a letter to an extended family member
- Make thank you cards
- Wash the dishes
- Look at family scrapbooks or baby pictures
Looking for more Winter Activity Ideas?
- Christmas Activity Bucket List
- DIY Kid’s Chore Chart
- No Mess Kid’s Art (perfect for toddlers!)
- Or Check out our Crafts Page for more ideas
So what did we do during our snow days? Well, of course, we played outside as soon as the blizzard cleared. My son and I made snowflake crowns for each other although I cheated and used my silhouette to make his. Still counts, right? I just don’t have the patience to cut all of those little squares out. He wanted so badly to get outside at every chance it was almost hard to snap a picture of our creations.
Heavy snowfall also means somebody has to clear the driveway. On Sunday, that job was left to Hubby and son while I cleared the back deck. To thaw them out and show my appreciation for a job well-done, I made a serving tray of hot cocoa, complete with marshmallows and peppermint sticks. Of course, we stayed warm and cozy in the evening next to the fireplace. There is just something magical about fireplaces for me. Warm and fuzzy wishes to you all!
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