Your Snow Day Survival Guide
Does this morning scenario sound familiar? It’s 5:30 am, the snow is falling, news reporters on every channel are announcing the storm of the century is about to hit. Immediate panic sets in.
Clearly, it’s not because of the tremendous amount of snow that is about to be dumped or that every grocery store will be out of milk and water, but that the school is going to call a snow day.
With blurrier eyes, you squint to see the school closing list scroll across the screen. Your school’s name scrolls across the screen in big bold letters…a snow day has officially been declared. So now what?
The thought of being stuck inside all day with young children is enough to put you over the edge.
Don’t panic, follow this survival guide and this will be one of the most enjoyable days spent with your family…I PROMISE!
SNOW DAY SANITY GUIDE:
SURVIVAL KIT: Preparation is key. Head to the Dollar Store or 5 and Below and prep a survival kit at the start of the winter season. A package of hot chocolate, deck of cards, new board game, a few art supplies, a snow day movie and the official kit is complete. Having a backup plan is key!
OFFICIAL PAJAMA DAY: Who wouldn’t love to lounge in their comfortable PJs all day?
DESSERT FOR BREAKFAST: Have you ever started your day with a banana split? Your children will think you’re the coolest parents, and secretly you’ll be filling their bellies with the nutrition needed to tackle the rest of the day. This healthy breakfast that feels like a real treat is made with bananas, your favorite yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola.
SNOW PLAY THE INDOORS WAY: Fill a bowl with snow, create a snowman and decorate it. Now it’s time for a little Science lesson. Leave the Snowman on the counter, and see how long it takes him/her to melt! Just be sure to place it in a tin with sides, or else you may have your next activity…cleaning the floors!
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: Grab your recyclables, empty boxes, duct tape, paint, foil, and any other supplies and let your imagination run wild. Creating “something from nothing” is the perfect activity that encourages cooperation and thinking “outside the box!”
LET’S GET MOVING: Turn your playroom into an indoor obstacle course. Each child can take turns creating the different obstacles. The goal is to tire the kiddies out so by the end of the day they are ready to curl up and go right to sleep!
ARTS AND CRAFTS WITH A PURPOSE: Let’s brighten someone else’s day. Make some cards and deliver to a local nursing home or send to long distance relatives.
SHOW TIME: Skip the TV shows and create your own. Depending on the age of the children, help them write a script, create costumes, choose music, and then film it!
HOT COCOA BAR: A snow day isn’t complete without hot chocolate! Chocolate covered spoons, marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, and you’re all set. And rumor has it, adding a splash of red wine to the adult mug just might be the secret ingredient. Save that as a treat to yourself once the kids are asleep!
CLEAN UP TIME: After a long day, it’s time to clean up. Spend 15 minutes sorting through old toys and choose some to donate to your favorite local charity.
Wishing you and your family a fun filled winter season even when you are snowed in!!!