We had a special, relaxing day together and I wanted to share my Top 10 Ideas for Turning a Snow Day into a Family Date:
1. Make a family of snow angels, or build a snowman for each family member, and decorate them.
2. Take a nature walk, in a nearby park or even your backyard. Look for tracks and try to identify what left them. Think of what each animal might be looking for in the snow.
3. SNOWBALL FIGHT!! Split into teams: adults vs. kids, boys vs. girls, or whatever works for your family. Then stock on up "ammo" and let the battle begin!
4. Decorate a tree with yummy treats for the neighborhood wildlife. One simple idea is to smear peanut butter over a pine cone, and roll it in bird seed. Hang it in a tree with a bit of yarn.
5. After sledding, come inside to warm up with some hot soup or warm cocoa!
6. Break out an old board game. Candyland or Chutes and Ladders can be fun whether you're 3 or 30.
7. Make music! Using an instrument or only voices, make up a song and let each child add a bit to it.
8. Get out the Legos or blocks and create something together. Depending on how many you have, this can be one structure or a whole "city" of creations.
9. Turn down the thermostat a couple degrees, crowd onto the couch under some cozy blankets, and watch a family movie together. Snuggle time!
10. Make a real SNOW cone. All you need is a bowl, spoon, a patch of fresh snow, and some flavoring. We used to simply top fresh snow with a drizzle of maple syrup when we were kids, but you could also use vanilla or root beer extract. Kool-Aid is also a fun choice. To use Kool-Aid flavoring, combine one Kool-Aid packet, 1 cup of water, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar and stir until the sugar is as dissolved as you can get it. Find some clean, white snow, and scoop some snow into your bowl. Spoon the flavoring of your choice over your snow cone and begin eating!
Snow days are the stuff of lasting childhood memories. Intentionally or not, families often develop snow day traditions, like sledding or playing board games or making hot chocolate.
What are your family's snow day traditions?