You just got the robocall from your child’s school – it’s a snow day. Sure, it’s cold and you have to shovel, but make sure you have some fun, too. There are the classics– snowman, sledding, snowball fight– but the fun doesn’t end there. Here are four more snow-day activities that will have you and your family playing in outside for hours.
1. The Igloo
Coveting your neighbor’s snow fort? We have your back. Forts, igloos, and such can seem like an intimidating project, but they don’t have to be. With the Sno Brick Maker ($2.99 at Target), you can easily form the perfectly shaped blocks you need to create your own awesome igloo, teepee or hut.
2. Get Colorful
White snow is beautiful, but rainbow-colored snow is dazzling! Fill a few spray bottles or squeeze bottles with water and a few drops of food coloring, and the yard becomes a blank canvas. From rainbows or dinosaurs to name-writing and pure abstraction, your kids’ imagination is the only limit. Make sure to take a photo to preserve what they’ve designed!
3. Warm Weather Toys
Your warm-weather toys don’t only have to be for spring and summer. Toys you play with in the sand or on grass, like hula hoops, beach balls and Frisbees, will offer a totally new experience in the snow. You can even set up your volleyball net. Use your beach toys to create decorative shapes for your igloo!
4. Fun with Snowballs
Snowballs don’t only have to be for hurling at people. You can use them for all sorts of fun games. Make a pile of snow balls, and then kids can compete to hit targets, like trees, or cans and pots that you’ve set up. You can play a game where players toss snowballs into a ring for points. Or, you could create a simple snow-bowling alley with your water hose and have players try to knock down bottles or other items with their snowballs.
Have fun out there. Snow doesn’t fall all year ‘round, so make the most of it!