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After one full day back to school, the kids were back at home for a snow day yesterday! We only received an inch of snow, but it stuck to the roads quickly. Our family awoke yesterday to my daughter’s ceiling leaking due to a frozen pipe that burst overnight. My husband quickly began cleaning up the mess before work and it is being repaired today.
I commend my daughter for letting us know quickly what was happening or it could have been much worse! Fortunately, the “bomb cyclone” that is hitting the East Coast has spared us with little damage. I am praying for all those in its’ path who are weathering much lower temperatures and serious weather threats.
The kids were excited to see the snow and quickly planned their adventures. After a hot breakfast, we piled on our winter gear and headed out to play. They always have fun sliding down the slide, making snow angels, and throwing snowballs at each other. My son also enjoys building snow forts, but the dusting we received was not enough for his extravagant engineering plans!
An old scooter provided fun making tracks in the snow by speeding down the driveway. They tried riding their bikes on the icy road, but I put a stop to that before we risked breaking any bones.
My mind is spinning with further ideas for our next snow day after watching them play. I have suggested a few ideas below that are fun for a variety of ages:
Popular for all ages, these blocks can make the fort building process a collaborative effort among several kids in the family or neighborhood.
While we haven’t tried this kit yet, it certainly takes fort building to the next level! Can you imagine a multi-colored snowman or snow fort in your yard?
I think that would be quite a sight in the middle of a winter wonderland. It also works for sand, so it is a great toy for multiple seasons.
Older kids can burn a lot of energy shoveling snow off the driveway or building sculptures. If your child is not old enough to shovel the driveway, have them clear the front steps or a small path. We have this shovel that also works great for digging holes for sandcastles at the beach.
I noticed my kids having difficulty packing the powdery snow we had into snowballs. I wonder if this tool would enable the snow to stick together better? It is pretty inexpensive and could be also be used across seasons for sand, mud and bath bombs!
After seeing the fun my kids had sailing down the driveway on their little kid scooter, I started fabricating a safer big-kid version in my head.
How did someone beat me to it?! They would flip out if they received this cool LED scooter that works on snow, grass, hills, etc. (and it fits adults too!).
If you are looking for a great all-weather scooter for younger kids, this was a great option for our family. I think my son started riding this scooter around three years old and while it is way too small for him now, he obviously enjoyed taking it for a spin today!
This model is a great option for younger kids because of its’ wide base of support and lower center of gravity, limiting accidents and serious injury. Of course, always wear a helmet!
If there is not enough snow to build a fort outdoors, bring the concept inside! My son received this kit for Christmas and has constructed a new design nearly every day.
He and his sister enjoy building the fort and using blankets and pillows to create secret openings. I also found this glow-in-the-dark kit; next level and a fun sleepover idea!
I have been looking at these for a month or so, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. However, I think my kids would have really enjoyed coming indoors to throw these around yesterday. We improvised by rolling up balls of socks, but it wasn’t quite the same!
We always finish time in the snow by coming inside to mugs of hot chocolate. Such a yummy treat on a special day off!