15 Snow Day Boredom Busters

15 Snow Day Boredom Busters

Keeping your kids happy when they are stuck indoors is easy with this kid-tested list!


By Wendy Robinson

Winter is coming and for many of us, that means a snow day or two is likely in our future. My school-age kiddo loves snow days, both because he gets a little extra pajama and TV time in the morning and because we have developed a pretty great list of special snow day activities.

When the first big snow or ice storm hits, consider some of these boredom busters to keep your kids entertained indoors:

1. Make snow candy: Set out a clean bowl to catch some freshly falling snow, divide the snow into cups and top with maple syrup (you may want to warm the syrup a bit first to make it less thick to pour). Yum!

2. Build a skyscraper: This one takes a little advance planning. You’ll want to save small boxes (shoebox size or smaller) ahead of time so that when the snow day hits, you can take out some glue, tape, markers, and other craft supplies and build a cardboard skyscraper.

3. If it is too cold to play outside, bring some snow into the bathtub. Put some gloves on the kids and let them play until the snow melts.

4. And who could forget baking cookies – a snow day classic! I love to make a double batch of monster cookie dough, baking half and freezing the rest for another day. Serve with hot cocoa for an extra treat.

5. Challenge your kids to make their best fort out of sheets, chairs, and cushions, encouraging them to think big: Can they take over a whole room?

6. Create an indoor obstacle course to help burn off energy. They can jump over pillows, crab walk across the kitchen, and practice hopping on one leg in the living room.

7. Make shaving cream bath paint and let the kids take a long daytime bath. Just add a few drops of food coloring to shaving cream in disposable cups and you are ready to go!

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8. Play sock basketball: Roll up socks into a ball and use empty laundry baskets as the basket. Play H-O-R-S-E or see who can make shots from farthest away.

9. Treasure hunt: I like to keep a stash of new puzzles or small building sets to pull out on days like this. Hide the new toy “treasure” somewhere in the house and make clues to help the kids find it. Not only is it fun, but it can also help younger kids practice reading and following directions.

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10. Practice sewing: It might sound old-fashioned, but kids really love it. Stock up on some scrap fabric, extra buttons, large (kid-friendly) needles, and thread. Kids might need help threading the needle but they’ll love learning how to attach pieces of fabric together and getting buttons to stay on.

11. Teach your school-age kids some classic card games like war, gin, or even blackjack.

12. Have fun with this spin on face painting: I use washable markers and, despite having very little artistic talent, can usually make the kids happy.

13. Have a dance party! Blast some of your favorite upbeat tunes and get moving together.

14. Celebrate the snow day by making paper snowflakes. Coffee filters work great for these.

15. Make a movie. Have your kids pick out a favorite book. Read it together and then have them act it out as a movie. Film with your phone or video camera and send it to anyone who’ll be delighted to see the kids playing.

Now, doesn’t this list make you want to sing “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”?

What is your best snow day boredom buster?


Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.wordpress.com

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