Whether you’re cheering with the kids or secretly dreading a day of no work and preschool, you have to make the best of the day of family togetherness. If you don’t plan activities for your preschooler, you’re likely to hear complaints of boredom or bickering before the flakes even stop falling. When your preschooler gets tired of her toys, spice up the snow day with exciting indoor and outdoor activities.
Outdoor Snow Play
School may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside with your preschooler all day. All that fluffy white stuff outside makes for a natural winter playground with plenty of play options. Traditional activities like building snowmen and sledding are ways to pass the time. To change things up, mold the snow to look like different animals or objects instead of just snowmen. To stay warm by working up a sweat, build a race track or obstacle course out of snow. Sand molds are an option for making small shapes in the snow. To brighten up your snow-covered yard, fill squirt bottles with water and a few drops of food coloring. Your preschooler spritzes the colored water onto the snowy canvas to make an outdoor work of art.
Indoor Snow Play
If the weather outside is too cold or you prefer to stay in the warmth, bring the snow indoors. A few buckets of snow poured in the bathtub gives your preschooler a place to play without melting snow getting all over the house. Your preschooler will still need a pair of gloves to handle the snow, but she can leave the boots and jacket in the mudroom. Grab kitchen utensils like a ladle, colander and measuring cuts to play in the snow. The snow cleans itself up as it melts and goes down the bathtub drain.
When it’s time to warm up the rosy cheeks and chilly fingers, indoor snow-themed crafts are an option. The crafts embrace the weather outdoors without the need for mittens or scarves to stay warm. With white clay or play dough, your preschooler can create her own snowy scene indoors. If you’re willing to get a little messy, stir together equal parts of white shaving cream and white glue. When brushed or dabbed onto a piece of paper, the mixture resembles snow and gives the picture a three-dimensional look. For a slightly less messy version, cut up small squares of white paper that your preschooler glues to the paper to make a snow scene.
To warm things up even more, head to the kitchen with your preschooler and get cooking. Hot chocolate is the natural option for warming up on a snow day. To make hot chocolate even more exciting, put out several mix-ins for her to choose from, like marshmallows, chocolate shavings and crushed peppermint candies. If you prefer a cool snack, scoop up some fresh, clean snow and make your own snow ice cream. Stir together 3 cups of snow, a splash of vanilla extract, 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk and just enough sugar to taste. You can offer other toppings like hot fudge or nuts to make it a sundae.