While technically we haven’t had a snow day yet here in Wisconsin, I’m guessing many of you up in the Northeast have and are running out of ideas for what to do with your kids during these long days of no school!
Of course there are the normal things to do: read, play video games (whatever, you know you let them), build with Legos, color a gazillion pages in their coloring book, etc. But there comes a point when they are tired of just sitting around and need to get up and be active!
1. GO OUTSIDE!!!
Bundle up in that gear and just do it! I think sometimes its hard for us parents to muster up the energy to do the 15 minute “getting all the winter stuff on” routine because we KNOW they may not last that long outside. Well, that’s fine. Even if it’s only 15 minutes, it’s worth it for them to be able to get out of the house.
2. Indoor ice skating
Cover the kids’ feet with wax paper, rubber band them at the ankle and let ’em fly! It can be pretty slippery, so just be sure to warn them… :).
3. Make your own obstacle course
Everything is fair game to use– beds, chairs, tables, pillows, rope, skateboards, scooters, rolling desk chairs, etc. Make the first one for them, and have them run through it. You could time them to see if they can beat their best time, or you can pretend the ground is lava and they have to do the course without touching the ground. Once they tire of this, have them make one for you!
4. Dance party!
Take turns picking music and have fun dancing together! Play Freeze Dancing, where you randomly stop the music and everyone has to freeze. Or, check out youtube to learn some new dance moves of different genres.
5. Jumpey Time
We take off all the cushions from the couch, bring down bean bag chairs, pillows, and blankets from our bedrooms and the kids have an awesome time jumping from the couch into the huge pile of softness. They’ve come up with all sorts of games and tricks to do and eventually the jumpy full with turn into fort-making. I like this activity because I normally get to sit and enjoy a cup of hot tea and a magazine close by :).
And, if your kids are anything like mine, snack time is what is sure to follow an active morning or afternoon. We recently got the opportunity to sample Honey Maid Go Bites
, which made for a delicious snack! These crispy graham pockets filled with a yummy middle are a perfect complement to a cup of hot chocolate or hot decaffeinated tea. Your kids will think they are a delicious treat!
One of the big bonuses of Honey Maid Go Bites
is that a serving provides 15% of a child’s protein AND whole grain intake for the day. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or corn syrup (thank you) so you can rest assured that this “treat” is actually beneficial to their overall daily intake!
Honey Maid Go Bites come in chocolate and vanilla (retails for $4.19/box) and you can’t really go wrong with either one :). Even my little “I don’t like chocolate” girl enjoyed them!
How do you keep your kiddos active on a snowy day?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.