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School Snow Day Activities

Let it snow! Need something to do on a school snow day? Start a family tradition


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Making school snow day contingency plans is extra work for parents, but kids love snow days! School snow day activities are an important part of a any parent's snow day strategy. Work-at-home moms probably need to remind kids of the work-at-home ground rules, but that doesn't mean snow days can't be fun.

Snow days can be an opportunity to build lasting memories with our kids. And making them happy ones doesn't necessarily mean much more work.

Share your stories: What are your snow day traditions? What snow day superstitions do your kids believe will make a snow day happen?

Snow Day Traditions

Create snow day 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.

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.
  • Play in the snow.
  • Watch a favorite movie.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Play a family game.
  • Light the fireplace.
  • Check on/visit with neighbors.
  • More ideas from readers.

Snow Day Activities

And to fill up those extra 6-8 hours in the day, try some of these independent play activities. These include quiet activities like art projects or books kids can read themselves.

Most likely you'll run through several different activities in a day, so here are several more indoor activities for kids. And at some point they'll want to go outside. Bundle them up for a good romp in the snow. In order to get some work done, you may want to do just one extended play session in the snow, rather than bundling and unbundling them.

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. Even very young children can do some simple organizing and sorting. 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 snow man or a fort. Even if their help is really more playing, it keeps them busy while you work.

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