Snow Day, What Now?
As you busy yourself getting the kids ready for school, their eyes are fixed on the local news channel. One by one, various school districts tick across the screen. Suddenly there’s a loud cheer and your worst fears are confirmed—your kids have a snow day.
If you’ve ever experienced this, you know how stressful it can be, but there’s no need to fret. A little preparation and a bit of determination can not only help get you through this unexpected day off, but also make it a memorable experience for your kids.
So instead of letting your children waste the day watching daytime TV or playing video games, here are few things you can do to change it up.
Cook an Exciting Breakfast
Weekday mornings are hectic and sometimes there’s simply not enough time to prepare a big, morning meal. Now that there’s no more time crunch, a more involved breakfast is certainly possible. You can even have the kids help—a fun and engaging treat for them! Try adding Uncle Charley’s cinnamon apple maple links or raspberry maple patties for an exciting new flavor.
If you’re not up for it first thing, aim for a great lunch. It’s sure to be better than school cafeteria food! These sausage grilled cheese sandwiches are a perfect option—quick and easy to make.
Entertain Their Brains
Now that they’ve had a good meal, it’s time to make the most of the snow day. There’s no need to sacrifice an entire day’s worth of learning. A snow day can be the perfect time to help your kids catch up on any lingering assignments or projects, but there are plenty of other activities you can try, too. Simple problem-solving activities like putting together a puzzle or playing a boardgame like Cranium or Apples to Apples are a great way to stimulate the brain while still having fun. Even opting for educational TV shows or movies is a great way to use this unexpected free time.
Go a Little Crazy
In other words, don’t be afraid to do something silly or unexpected. There are plenty of fun snow day activities you can do in and around the house. Playing in the snow and sledding are always a popular option, but if you prefer to stay indoors here a few other ideas:
- Build a blanket fort in the livingroom
- Have a coloring contest
- Stage a play with puppets, stuffed animals, or other toys
- Plan a scavenger hunt around the house
- Build an arts and crafts box
If you’re really in a bind, here are over one hundred different activities to try to help stave off your kids’ boredom.
Spend Time Together
As any parent will tell you, childhood flies by. An unexpected snow day can certainly be stressful, but look at it as bonus time to spend with your kids. Whether it’s cooking a fun meal, learning something new, or just watching a movie, all of you will look back on the snow day fondly.