Some days it’s just too cold to go outside and play, or the weather doesn’t cooperate in another way. Whatever the weather, I have a special day planned for the kids – an indoor snow day. I have come up with a list of some games, activities, and treats that we can pick and choose to do throughout the day. This would also be fun as a family activity anytime of the year.
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Snowball Games are Minute to Win it Style games. I found this list a couple of years ago, and Hank looks forward to doing them every year – especially the indoor snowball fight. This year we are going to start out the games by hiding all of the “snowballs” around the house and have a scavenger hunt.
Also, to go along with the games we already have, we are adding a couple of new ideas.
- Snowman Knock Down Game from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Snow Shooters from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Snowball umber Race from Toddler Approved
The kids both love craft time, and here a couple of projects that I know they will enjoy.
- Shivery Snow Paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Snow Dough from BonBon Break
- Snowstorm in a Jar from PTSK Johnson
- Personal Snow Globes from Becky Castle the Barefoot Teacher
Who doesn’t love a good book? Here are a couple of resources with a variety of snow or winter books. A couple of our favorites are Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, and If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman.
Here are a couple of math-related activities that we will incorporate into the day.
- Snowball Count from Pre-K Pages
- Build a Shape Snowman from How We Learn at Home
- Dress the Snowman from CBC
We love experiments, so here is a great resource with ideas.
We kept a couple of the larger boxes from Christmas to use for our snow bricks activity (see below). I also saved white tissue paper and collected snowflake stickers.
- Snow Bricks (boxes covered in white paper and snowflakes) to build a snow fort or Igloo
- Or make a fort or igloo with blankets and a table
Here is a list of props to use with this snowy dramatic play activity:
- Ear Muffs and Hats
- Jackets and Snow Suits
- Long Underwear
- Buckets and Shovels
- Snow (cotton balls, styrofoam)
- Thermos and Cups
- Snowman Blocks (see below)
- Let your imagination go wild!
Idea: Try putting your dramatic play and block play materials together. See what happens?
We have saved quite a few spice jars to use for our snowman “blocks” idea from No Time for Flashcards. We also saved small Pringles cans to use as a larger version of these blocks as well.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate themed snacks into our day of fun! Here are a couple of quick, simple ideas that we are going to try.
- Snowman Popcorn Cups from Creative Kid Snacks
- Snowman Cheese Sticks from A Burst of First
- Snowy Hot Chocolate from Happy Home Fairy
We are going to continue the fun through dinner. The kids are going to help prepare 2 “Pizza Snowmen” – one with mushrooms for eyes, mouth & buttons, and one with black olives instead so each child has his/her favorite topping.
Snowman Pizza from Delia Creates