Home again with the family for another snow day? Here are a few ways to engage the family and make the most of the time at home together:
Play With Your Kids Outside
Everybody outside! If the weather allows, get outside and make some snow angels, build a snowman or a snow fort with your kids. See who can make the silliest snow angel, encourage them to get creative with accessories like hats, scarves, and buttons for their snowmen, or add features to their snow forts like “furniture” or a secret spot to hide treasures. Then head inside to warm up with some hot cocoa indoors or microwave s’mores!
Set up a mini movie marathon with winter or snow-themed movies. Pick family-friendly films that are winter-themed, put on some pajams or comfy clothes, and create a cozy movie-watching area with blankets and pillows. Don't forget the popcorn!
Winter Scavenger Hunt
If the weather allows, go on a winter nature scavenger hunt in your backyard or a nearby park. Create a list of winter items like pinecones, icicles, or animal tracks, and challenge your kids to find them. It's a great way to combine outdoor exploration with a sense of adventure.
Snowy Art Gallery
Encourage your kids to express their creativity through art. Provide them with a variety of art supplies and let them create winter-themed masterpieces. Learn how to make different paper snowflake designs together. Have them build snowmen from paper shapes, or a work of art using fruits and veggies sliced in half and dipped into paint to make prints. Once they're done, turn your home into a snowy art gallery by displaying their artwork around the house.
Winter Puzzles and Games
Spend quality time indoors by playing winter-themed games or work on some puzzles. Choose games that are age-appropriate and promote teamwork or friendly competition, like a snowman relay race or a "snowball toss" into buckets spaced at different distances apart. Get creative - it's a great way to engage the whole family in a fun and interactive way!
Kids in the Kitchen
Head to the kitchen to bake winter-themed treats together, or make a new recipe for lunch or dinner that the whole family helps with. Whether it's snowman-shaped cookies or a new soup recipe, the experience can be educational (measuring, reading, learning about the science involved in cooking and baking), enjoyable, and tasty, too!
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