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5 Snow Day Activities With A Twist

Updated on September 19, 2013
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

I moved from the Bronx, NY to the South, but there is one thing that the North and South have in common and that is the snow and ice. I may be in a class by myself when I say that I do enjoy the snow, not so much the ice. I am also a big kid at heart and love to play in snow. I grew up in the projects and remember sledding down a very big hill next to my building using a huge cardboard box my sister and brother and I, along with some more kids, cut flat and then bent up one side, cut a hole in that one side and threaded a rope through the hole so we would have something to hold on to as we slid down the hill; oh what fun. Let's take the fun a little further. If you haven't thought about adding a twist to snow activities for the kids here are some ideas:

  1. Ever heard of snow painting? This is really cool for kids and here's how you do it. Get edible, non-toxic food coloring, clear spray bottles so your kids can see the paint inside. If you can't find or don't have clear spray bottles label spay bottles with a permanent marker, Red Snow Paint, Yellow Snow Paint, Blue Snow Paint, etc. Labeling will help to eliminate the possibility of the spray bottles being used for any other purpose other than snow paint. Fill your spray bottles with tap water, but not all the way to the top, put 4 to 5 drops of food coloring and swirl the bottles making sure the color is consistent. You and your kids are ready to paint.
  2. Building a fort in the sand at the beach is a transferable activity. Build a fort in the snow, give it a name and make a plaque with that name and embed it over the snow fort's entrance. Use sand buckets, loaf pans, and plastic ice cream buckets to fashion out your fort. To make the snow fort more interesting mix food coloring in the snow and have a rainbow fort - call it Ft. Rainbow. Don't forget to add a flag to the top of your fort. Take plenty of pictures - the kids will absolutely love this.

    Use this chart below to make additional colors:

    Mix Blue + Red = Purple

    Mix Yellow + Green = Light Green

    Mix Red + Yellow = Orange

    Mix Red + Green = Brown

    Mix Red + White = Pink

    Mix Blue + Green = Blue Green

    Mix Blue + Yellow = Green

  3. Do you have a little league pitcher at home? A great way to have some pitching practice is to create a bulls-eye target with at least three colors and give each color a point value. Attach the bulls-eye to a tree or in my case it was on the chained-linked fence around my building. As the kids throw snowballs you keep their score and whoever accumulates the most points wins a prize.

  4. I'm sure you heard of a cookie monster, well there is also a cookie snowman. Your kids will love to add the snowman's eyes, nose, mouth and buttons using homemade cookies. If you use chocolate cookies the snowman will be a little more dramatic.

  5. After your kids lay down in the snow and make angels, and again using snow paint, color their wings. Make pink wings for your daughter and blue wings for your son.

These activities are not only for the kids, but Mom and Dad can enjoy them too. It beats cabin fever especially when the kids are out of school for snow days. You and the kids enjoy yourselves and have snow much fun.


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      Donna Kristine 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi anglnwu, I love lots of color, and I'm hoping to get a little snow here in GA.

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      anglnwu 3 years ago

      Great ideas. I especially like the snow painting ideas. I can only imagine how it will transform the winter landscape with splashes of color. Thanks for sharing .

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Gypsy, 2ft of snow - WOW! I bet that was fun.

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Great ideas. We had 2ft of it last night so here's to snow painting! Thanks!

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks adbrea

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      adbrea 6 years ago

      These are ideas are seem like alot of fun, I really liked you article, but think of all the fun things you could do with a heat day

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      Donna Kristine 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks, 49 states have snow - that's amazing. The kids here in Atlanta are having fun.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      These ideas are really cool and with so many states covered with snow, they're fun for kids of all ages! Thanks for sharing.