Pull out the crayons, glue, and construction paper and have your children create fantastic works of art. Whether if its to pass the time and alleviate the boredom, or you simply want to put up Winter decorations around the house, showcasing your children's masterpiece; arts & crafts time will stimulate the minds of your children and allow them to think outside the box!
We all lead busy and hectic lives. Sometimes a snow day will provide of rate opportunity to just get comfortable and cozy while spending some wholesome family time. Make hot cocoa for everyone and relax by the fireplace. To help you get started, here's the recipe for making hot cocoa courtesy of http://allrecipes.com/recipe/creamy-hot-cocoa/:
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 3 1/2 cups of milk
- 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of half-and-half cream
Have access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, or some other movie streaming channel? If so, then gather the family around and catch up on some great family movies! My personal recommendation, The Lion King! You can't go wrong with that!
Use this opportunity to to connect with distant family members. Be it through Skype, WhatsApp, or FaceTime; technology has helped bring everyone closer together, regardless what part of the world everyone maybe in. Remember, if there is one thing grandparents love, is hearing from their grandkids!
Expand Your Horizons
Have a book or two want to catch up on? With a snow day, you have the opportunity to catch up on some reading. Regardless whether if its Fiction, historical, biographical, scientific, you name it; reading will help pass the time all the while helping you learn new things. For the children, have them pick a book and once they are done, engage in a group discussion, where the kids have the opportunity to present what they read.
Turn your home into a laboratory! Using materials from around the house, host a science fair within the confines of your very own home. Be it designing a replica of the solar system, building a volcano (actual lava and fire should not be used), or designing a seltzer rocket; have your children build their own projects, having fun while at the same time incorporating an educational element to it.
Got photos or old magazines lying around? Have your children use them to design their own collage's. Their collage can highlight a particular experience (elementary school or middle school years, a particular age) or build on a theme of their choice.
Perhaps nothing is as fun as enjoying family time over a board game. Monopoly, Risk, Clue, or Life, gather the family around and have fun while engaging in some competition!
Gather the children around and shell out maps, hints and clues, as they search for lost treasure around the house
Is grandma's recipe collecting dust? Bring it out and have your children help you bake some delicious Winter goodies.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. This was more or less designed to help provide you with some ideas on how to have a good time when the weather takes a turn for the worst. We encourage you to share with us some other activities that may not be on the list, that you do to pass the time!