Fun Snow Day Activities by Age
If you’re in an area that gets a lot of snow, it’s very likely that you have a few snow days each year when you don’t head into work, schools are closed and the kids are in the mood to do something exciting. The first snow of the year is always quite magical, (especially if it’s around the holidays), and you can make each subsequent snow day even more enjoyable with some fresh new activities to try. Whether you have a baby, toddler, preschooler or older child, there are some great snow day activities to entertain everyone – even during a blizzard!
Children this age may be taking their very first steps and bringing them out in the snow to let them explore for a few moments is a great way to help them enjoy new sensations and sights. If you plan to take your little one on a snow adventure, bundle up! A baby’s skin is very sensitive. Some babies may take to the snow, while others might not like it. After you’ve decided to head back inside, prepare some other activities your baby can enjoy. This is a great opportunity to work on fundamentals. Sit down with your child and work on shapes and colors. Play music, and give your baby an instrument to play with. Reading a few wintry children’s books is a great plan, too.
This age is a lot of fun, and there are plenty of snow day activities for toddlers to keep everyone happy and entertained. This is an opportune time to make everything about the snow fun and exciting. A great activity to do with your little one is to make a tasty, snow-inspired milkshake. Just mix vanilla or peppermint ice cream, milk and a pinch of salt. It’s so simple! You can even let your little guy or gal help “make” a first dessert in the play kitchen. It’s also a great time to get outside. A snowman is a great idea, especially if your little one has seen a snowman in a winter movie.
Another project kids can help with is a homemade bird feeder. Hollow out one half of an orange and fill it with birdseed. Simply use twine to attach it – open side facing up – to a tree branch in your yard. Children will love keeping an eye out for all of the feathered visitors that stop by for a snack!
If you’re looking for something fun to do inside when the weather is just too cold, consider having a cup of “tea” or hot chocolate with your child. You can also work on a craft, such as homemade play dough or salt dough ornaments, which are wonderful if the snow arrives before the holidays. Making a fort out of bedding and chairs is another possibility that is perfect for cuddling and reading your favorite books.
Ages 4 and Up
Many of these activities are also great for older kids. However, if you want to get out of the house, you can take them sledding or snow-shoeing. For inside ideas, have a “spa date,” and enjoy some time painting each other’s fingernails. Try a Wii competition or perhaps a board game or card game. An indoor picnic is another fun idea and makes lunchtime simple and fun. You can even set up camping in the living room, roast s’mores over the stove or fireplace and watch movies as it gets dark outside.
If you are looking to do something that’s a little more active, consider setting up indoor bowling—you don’t even need a bowling set! Simply grab some empty water bottles out of the recycle bin, rinse them off and set them up as if they were bowling pins. Next, find one of your child’s toy balls – any one will do. Quickly go over the rules and enjoy playing together as the sun sets on a snowy evening.