You peer out of the window and there it is, mountains and mountains of snow. You and the family aren’t going anywhere. A lovely thought at first, but before you know it the children are already B-O- R-E- D. And they’re looking to you for answers. With a little effort, a snow day indoors can be a day of fun for the whole family. Here’s how:
Break Out the Board Games
That pile of board games can come in handy on days like this. Just remember to update the selection as time passes and your children mature. You don’t want to gather your tweens and teens only to find that Candyland or Chutes and Ladders are the only games you have.
No good board games on hand? Try something that doesn’t come in a box. Create a treasure hunt by hiding objects and writing clues on sheets of paper. Play Charades. Get out that old deck of cards and teach your children kid-friendly card games like Go Fish, War, or Spit. Or you can easily make a DIY version of Pictionary.
If you don’t mind making a bit of a mess, try a science project! Artful Parent and Listverse both have instructions for a ton of easy experiments that you can do with your children. Some are better done outside, like the classic Mentos in a Coke bottle, but plenty of others will work indoors, like making rock candy, rainbow milk or slime. (Maybe put down some paper first.)
Warm, Gooey Goodness
It’s good to pack on some pounds to protect yourself from the elements, right? Family baking is family bonding. You might not have all the ingredients for your signature brownies, but you probably have some combination of butter, milk, eggs, sugar and flour. Search online for recipes that contain the ingredients you have and even if you’re missing a staple, like baking soda or brown sugar, use a site like What’s Cooking America to look for substitutes.
A lot happened before your children came along. Pull out the photo albums, curl up together, and share some of your pictures with them. They will love hearing about your adventures!
Have fun together, and stay warm!