Let it snow! Need something to do on a school snow day? Start a family tradition
School snow day contingency plans are not easy for parents, but kids love snow days! School cancellations can be an opportunity to build lasting memories with your kids. And often making kids happy doesn’t necessarily mean much more work for parents.
Snow day activities are an important part of any parent’s snow day strategy. Work-at-home parents probably need to remind kids of their home office ground rules, but that doesn’t mean snow days can’t be fun.
Create Snow Day Traditions: Make snow days special by creating traditions by repeating a simple activity on every snow day. Even if you put in a full day’s work, the fact that homework is already done means you might be able to squeeze in some extra fun in the evening.
Couch Cushions: Fort building and ‘island’ jumping or walking along all the cushions. Let them find a challenge for the day!
Scavenger Hunts: Find anything and everything with a scavenger hunt. A simple ‘can you find…?’ as you think them up, or a more thought out one that has clues placed around the house for them to solve and find.
Go Outside to Play in the Snow: And at some point, they’ll want to go outside (and maybe you will too). Bundle the kids up for a good romp in the snow and get out there! In order to get some work done, you may want to do just one extended play session, rather than bundling and unbundling them. Maybe you want to trek to the best sledding hill or perhaps build a snowman closer to home.
Put Kids to Work: And if you’re working, why not make them work a little too? If possible, let the kids help with your business. Helping you at work makes kids feel important.
But also consider giving them some special jobs that aren’t too difficult. (Remember, this is supposed to be fun, right?) Maybe have them sort through their closet for the things they’ve outgrown or clean out the toy box. If you’re shoveling snow, have them come out and “help” by clearing a small section and building a snowman or a fort. Even if their help is really more playing, it keeps them busy while you work.
Some simple snow day traditions ideas:
Cook a special meal.
Eat in the dining room and/or with fancy dishes.
Order in dinner.
Make hot chocolate.
Build a pillow fort
Play in the snow.
Watch a favorite movie.
Play a family game.
Light the fireplace.
Check on/visit with neighbors.
Make snow angels.
Cut snowflakes from paper.
Bring a snowball into the freezer.
Honestly, it really doesn’t take much for kids to feel a snow day is special.