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Snow Day Fun

Updated on February 12, 2014
The birdbath looks a little different in the snow.
The birdbath looks a little different in the snow. | Source

Things to Do

There are so many things to do on a snow day and we have certainly had our share this winter. When cold and snowy weather prevent the kids from going to school and parents from going to work, it's a great opportunity to have some fun together and in many cases, enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise.


Outside Stuff

1. I am blessed to live on a hill that's perfect for sledding. We have a large plastic disc that we use. On the news, I have seen people take advantage of this activity by using giant tubes, cardboard, real sleds, air mattresses and laundry baskets.

2. Make and eat “snow cream.” I had never heard of this delightful dessert until a few years ago. It’s very easy to make and delicious.

3. Make snow angels. So what if you get cold and wet! Enjoy. Make a whole family of snow angels and take pictures.

4. Snowball fights and snow forts are under-rated. Use cups, pots and pans to sculpt bricks for the fort.

5. Take a walk in the snow. Dress warmly and take the camera. Take the dog. Our Australian Shepherd absolutely loves romping in the snow.

Snow Cream Recipe (Snow Ice Cream)

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

½ cup sugar

2 tbsp vanilla

10-12 cups fresh, powdery snow (avoid the yellow snow)

Procedure:

Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and take outside. Scoop up 10-12 cups of snow and add to the mixture in the bowl. Stir well with a whisk. Serve immediately.

Have you ever made and eaten snow cream?

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Inside Activities

1. Fill your bird feeder and place it where you can see it from a window. No birdseed? Use pieces of stale bread, an apple or orange sliced in half or spread peanut butter on a pinecone. The birds are particularly hungry during the winter because it’s more difficult to find food. Watch and identify the variety of birds that visit your feeder.

2. Have an indoor picnic in the living room. Spread a tablecloth or quilt on the floor and eat a meal.

3. Explore shaving cream art. Spray a large dollop of shaving cream on a table and let your child “draw” in it with his or her fingers. It’s like finger painting without the paint. The mess cleans up itself and smells good, too.

4. Watch an old movie. Better yet, watch the movie on the picnic tablecloth on the floor.

5. If you have a wood fireplace, build a fire and roast marshmallows.

6. Make an indoor fort. Use sheets and blankets and tie them off to chairs and other furniture to make a secret hideaway. Read a book via flashlight inside.

7. Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows or peppermint candies.

8. Prepare a “snow day” box for the next time. In it, put things you will only take out when there is a snow day. Include things like shaving cream, snowball mold, a special snow day book, card or other games, etc.

9. Print the pictures taken during the day and make a photo booklet. It will be a memory to treasure forever.

10. Enjoy snow day fun with your children. They are only young once and the time passes so quickly.

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  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks Tina and tirelesstraveler. We may get a little snow this week! EEK!

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    Christina Lornemark 

    6 years ago from Sweden

    Thanks for the many great ideas to enjoy the season with snow:) I don't like snow so much myself so I need a more positive approach to the winter season because it will come no matter what I like it or not! The snow ice cream sounds fun! Thanks and voted up,

    Tina

  • tirelesstraveler profile image

    Judy Specht 

    6 years ago from California

    Are we in Narnia? Love the picture. When I look at snow I almost wish I lived where it did. Fun Hub

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, RTalloni! My husband is not a fan of snow days since he works a lot outside but I love them.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    We're on the fringe, never knowing how much snow might come our way, but what fun when it does! As you point out, inside our outside, snow days should be embraced! :)

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    We haven't tried the weenie roast. That sounds fun, too.

    I appreciate your comment!

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    Boo McCourt 

    7 years ago from Washington MI

    Great hings to do on a snow day. We usually have had several by this time, but only one so far. We sometimes have a outdoor fire with a weenie roast and hot chocolate. Of course not everyone has this option, but it is fun and I am happy that the niece and nephews can experience it.

    Your indoor activities will come in handy as well.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    It's good to laugh, isn't it? Thank you!

  • LuisEGonzalez profile image

    Luis E Gonzalez 

    7 years ago from Miami, Florida

    I'm still laughing at this...but very enjoyable

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for your comments.

  • lindacee profile image

    lindacee 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    Great hub! Reminds me of snowy days when I was a child. Thanks for the memories!

  • arthurchappell profile image

    arthurchappell 

    7 years ago from Manchester, England

    useful ways to beat boredom - well presented

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