Looks like another snow day in Baltimore. Just in case you’ve exhausted your go-to snow day options, here are 20 ideas for keeping the kids busy so that you can keep your sanity. Enjoy!
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20 Things To Do On a Snow Day (So Everyone Stays Sane)
Make Snow Ice Cream
Here’s a fun and simple recipe for snow ice cream. Just, as NPR writes, make sure to use fresh snow! Some advice from the Bug to other kids: Wear gloves! It makes it trickier to whisk, but your fingers won’t freeze when you start adding snow!
Concoct Your Own Snow Slime
We keep waiting for the slime fad to fade. It hasn’t. So why not embrace it? This snow slime recipe uses liquid starch, but our slime recipe uses contact solution (in case that’s all you have lying around!).
Create a Washi Tape City
One of the most fun ways to use all of those matchbox cars – a washi tape city! And kids will love creating roads and buildings. This one can be a whole day adventure if they get into the zone.
Have a Snowy Photo Shoot
Grab your camera (the good one — not your phone), and snap a few snow day smiles. We’ve got tips for taking fab photos in the snow!
Here are some of Baltimore’s most popular sledding hills…
Make Colored Ice Sculptures
Use food coloring, ice cube trays (or whatever you have around the house!), and water to create ‘frozen colored sculptures.’ Then build sculptures outside (or build quickly inside and take outside).
Movie Camp Out
Break out the sleeping bags and camp out in the living room with an old movie and bowl of popcorn. We love to top ours with a little melted butter, sea salt, and honey!
Snow days are good days for crafts between sledding sessions. But you don’t have to buy out Target’s craft section in a frenzy. Whip up some watercolor snowflakes. Make a snow globe. Start decorating for St. Patrick’s Day. Or even make these adorable yarn butterflies.
Find a New Favorite Podcast
Kid podcasts are not only (cool), they’re perfect for calming down the snowed in crazies without vegging in front of screen. Some of our favs? NPR’s Wow in the World, Brains On!, Story Pirates, Stories Podcasts, and The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian.
Have a Fancy Schmancy Tea
Break out the dress-ups and have high tea with the kids. And high tea isn’t anything without cookies or cake — so you’ll need a little baking session ahead of time. These Lemon Tea Cakes from Weelicious or Sugar Cookie Hearts would be perfect. “Always use freshly drawn boiling water when preparing black tea,” says Emma Canoles of Emma’s Tea Spot. “The boiling water energizes the leaf and extracts all the character and value efficiently from the tea.”
Host a Play Date
If your kiddos are going a little stir crazy, bet their friends down the street are, too. Some of my best childhood snow day memories were impromptu neighborhood potluck get togethers. Someone brings chili, someone brings wine… and the kids tear up someone’s playroom. But after your second glass of vino and good conversation, you won’t much care.
Take On a Lego Challenge
Grab the box of legos and get buzy! This giant collection of LEGO challenge cards is a simple prep, fun way to sneak some STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning into the day.
Make a Bird Feeder
This is a perfect activity for a blustery snow day! Make an ice cube bird feeder with some dried fruit, bird food, and a muffin tray.
DIY Cupcake Wars
Make a batch of cupcakes and challenge your kids to decorate them — using only things they can find in your pantry. (PS — if you do this, please post photos and tag us so we can see!)
Plan A Road Trip or Vacation
Grab the maps, hop online, and plan a spring break or summer trip. Have your kids research the place(s) you’ll visit and come-up with a ‘must do’ list. Instagram is also a great place to search for things to do by location or hashtag… which is how we found this gem of an ice cream place on a recent trip to New York!
Read a New Book
Didn’t have time to make it to the library before the storm? Access ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies/television, educational programs and more via Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore County Public Library, Harford County Library, and Howard County Library System.
Create a Stop Motion or Collage Animation
Snow days are the perfect opportunity for projects that require large chunks of time. Stop motion animation or collage animation require whatever things your kids have lying around the house, a backdrop, an iPhone, and a free app. It’s the kind of screen time we can all get on board with! Check out this tutorial.
Launch a Marshmallow Catapult
Before you drink the hot chocolate, have your kids construct a catapult out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands. Here’s a fancy DIY, but just give your kids the materials and let their imaginations take flight.
Make Snow Tissue Paper Art
We love this fun idea — and it’s a great way to use up all of those random pieces of tissue paper you have lying around the house. Snow tissue paper art doesn’t require too many materials: watercolor paper, tissue paper, snow, scissors, and a tray!
Have Your Kids Design Their Own Snow Day Weather Reports
Ask your kids to go outside and pretend they are reporting on the snow day. Be sure to record them with your phone — you won’t be disappointed. Promise!
What are your favorite snow day activities? Post a picture and tag us in it so we can see! You’ll find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @coolprogeny.