Family Life: What to Do on a Snow Day

What to Do on a Snow Day

By Rachel Schmoyer

We’ve had quite a few snow days already this year with the promise of more to come!

Here is what the Schmoyer family likes to do on a snow day:

  • Host a family cookie wars or cupcake wars. Give each family member a bowl of batter. Present a couple of challenge ingredients and let each family member create a unique treat. Judge each other’s final product by taste and presentation. In our house we give each person an award: most creative, most tasty, most ambitious, etc.

  • Play board games especially the ones that take a long time to play like Settlers of Catan, Life, or Monopoly.

  • Go through family pictures. Watch a slideshow of digital pictures or flip through a scrapbook or photo album. Now that the kids are a little older, I give them the job to create photobooks to print and layout the pages and caption the photos.

  • Have an indoor picnic for lunch time. This is usually because the table is full from whatever artsy project the kids are in the middle of.

  • There is something about a snow day that makes you aware of nature more so than a normal day. When night falls, watch a nature show like Frozen Planet.

  • Clean out a junk drawer, overflowing closet, or under the kids’ beds. Not only will you clear out some clutter, but you will probably find some hidden treasures!

  • Make homemade slime by mixing together school glue, shaving gel, contact solution, and food coloring, if desired.

  • Share a story by reading aloud. My kids and I have a fond memory of reading Stone Fox together because we all cried at the ending!

  • Play in the snow! Evelyn, my 11 year old, suggests lying still in the snow while it’s snowing and watch the snowflakes fall into your face.

  • Surprise your neighbor and shovel his sidewalk.

More ideas for outdoor snow day fun:

  • Use the snow to make hard candy Little House on the Prairie Style. In a saucepan, bring molasses and brown sugar to a boil. Stir constantly. Once it boils, slowly pour the liquid in thin streams into a pan of fresh snow. The snow instantly cools the melted brown liquid into hard candy.

  • Paint your snow-covered yard by filling spray bottles with food coloring and water or Kool-Aid and water. Let the kids spray the colored water onto the snow.

  • Play snowball basketball with a bucket or trash can.

More ideas for indoor snow day fun:

  • Use your fine china and have a formal dinner. Create several courses like a soup, salad, dinner, and dessert. Even if the food is simple, the meal will be fancy because of the dishes. A snow day is the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely meal.

  • Take care of yourself with a spa day. Paint your nails, moisturize your hair, or give yourself pedicure.

  • Use your phone. Not to scroll through Instagram, but actually call someone that you haven’t talked to in a while and have a conversation. Catch up with them and ask them how they are.

What does your family like to do on a snow day? Comment below!

Meet the Author

Rachel Schmoyer is a pastor’s wife and mom of four. She blogs about finding simple truths in complex passages of Scripture at Read the Hard Parts. She also writes about parenting and other adventures at Rachel Schmoyer Writes. If she is not writing, she is probably reading, most likely a biography of one of the First Ladies of the United States.

You can connect with Rachel online on Twitter.

You can read Rachel's column on the 4th Monday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.

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