For parents of school-age children, surviving a snow day can be a great accomplishment!
A weekday snow storm can be a mixed blessing. No lunches to pack, buses to catch and homework to manage after a full day of work. Yet, after the first snow storm, the novelty can wear off and tempers can flare. Cabin fever sets in quickly.
We all know that a stocked pantry and refrigerator helps, but a stocked activities box is another must. Assembling a “Blizzard Box” will help in surviving a snow day. Gather inexpensive supplies that you can get at your local dollar store and add a few items that you can find in you cupboard. This will spare you from having to listen to a chorus of “there’s nothing to do” all day.
Here are a few suggestions to surviving a snow day and keeping the house-bound kids off the television, away from the computer and video games;
The supplies for each of the activities can be gathered inexpensively:
Tips to surviving a snow day:
- Make and Frame a Painting: purchase water paints, brushes, a pad of news print paper and a plastic table cloth are all available at you local dollar store. Grab an 8 x 10 picture frame and select one picture to display. Or purchase stacks of felt and mini felt shapes, and create your own frame.
- Create a snow globe: If you have a younger child in the house, plan now. Save a handful of baby food jars. If not, ask a friend or neighbor. You’ll need waterproof glue, sparkles and some plastic figurines. Have your child paint the lid; then, glue the snowman, toy solider or Sponge Bob figures to the bottom. Allow to dry thoroughly. Turn jar upside down, fill with sparkles and water and screw on the bottom.
- Homemade Play Dough or Paper Mache projects: You should have most of the ingredients for either of these in the house already. For non-cooking Paper Mache paste, mix together one part flour to two parts water, so it resembles a thick glue. It should be runny. To avoid mold growth, add salt. Grab balloons, or plastic bowls to serve as a base. To mask the smell of the glue, add a few sprinkles of cinnamon. Play dough can be made with 1 c. flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 cup of water, ½ cup salt and food coloring. Grab some cookie cutters and an old rolling pin for hours of fun. Store in airtight jars.
- Bake sugar cookies: You’ll need sprinkles, rolling pin, cookie cutters as well as the ingredients for a basic sugar cookie recipe. Or, just grab a mixture in the grocery store!
- Surprise box: Introduce a never-opened jig saw puzzle, die-cast cars, decks of cards and coloring books. Most stores have a variety on sale. Grab a few and store them away. Look online for the rules for Old Maid, Crazy Eights, Go Fish or I Doubt It!
Surviving a snow day means resisting the temptation to permit your kids to sit in front of the television, while you catch up on the laundry.
They are only young for a short time, but the memories will last a lifetime!
Jen is a regular contributing author for HowToLearn.com and provides many tips like a parents guide to surviving a snow day.