By Heather Short
When the first snow falls, the entire world around you feels like it is magically frozen in time. Some of those winter wonderland days will bring snow closures, and, for the kids, a few snow days off from school will be something to cheer about. For parents, however, snow days could mean another set of worries: What are you and the kids going to do on all those days off? Never fear. Snow days can be something for adults to cheer about, too.
Being stuck indoors doesn’t mean sitting aimlessly in front of the television or playing video games. It can be a great opportunity to bring the family together for a day of fun.
D.I.Y. hot chocolate bar
After the kids go outside to play in the snow, warm them up when they come back inside with a cup of hot cocoa — but not just any plain ol’ hot cocoa.
You can easily put together an exciting hot chocolate bar with items you might already have in your pantry. Grab a few small bowls and fill them with add-ins, like peppermints or peppermint sticks, M&M’s, caramels, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or marshmallows. Then, your kids can line up using serving spoons to scoop their favorite treats into their cup.
Gathering around a table to complete a large puzzle can be both fun and challenging for the entire family. To make things interesting, set a timer to see how much of the puzzle you all can put together in a designated amount of time.
Family members can also challenge one another to build unique creations using Legos. Have each person write down an object on a piece of paper and put it in a bowl. One at a time, each family member will draw a slip of paper from the bowl and must use Legos to build their object. Examples of things to build are animals, vehicles or even houses. This is not only challenging but another way to get the family to hang out indoors.
Movies under the “stars”
Watching holiday movies is fun, but change it up a bit. Kids love creating indoor forts using bed linens or blankets. Be sure to build a fort the whole family can fit in. Then, everyone can grab their favorite pillows and snuggle up to watch a holiday movie.
Before the movie begins, string some holiday lights on top of the fort. It will give the effect of watching a movie outdoors under the twinkling stars.
For unexpected snow days, perhaps start the day with an impromptu scavenger hunt. To get things started, leave the kids a riddle they must solve in order to find the next clue. Be creative and try to involve every room of your home. Stick clues inside books, movies, in the refrigerator, and maybe even in the laundry. There is no required number of clues for an exciting scavenger hunt, but all the clues should lead to the finale of your choice, which could be a special snack or first dibs at the hot cocoa bar.
As adults, it’s sometimes hard to remember just how magical the world seems to a child when they see snowflakes falling or wake up to blankets of snow.
While no one knows for sure when the flakes will fall or how much fluffy white stuff our area will get, there is certainly no need to dread it when you have a cache of family fun ideas to keep everyone entertained.