January 27, 2015

Surviving snow days

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Cultural exchange

Winter is here and with it the inevitable snow storm that leads to school closings and being stuck inside. But to avoid eight hours of video games or television, here are some activities to keep the kids entertained indoors!

Bring the snow inside
This might sound like the last thing you would want to do but if you tape some tarp, trash bags, or a shower curtain to the floor and it can be just as fun as outdoor snow fun, without the wind chill and low temps. Bring out some muffin pans, measuring cups, bowls, spatulas, and other kitchen utensils to make snow cupcakes or pancakes!

Train your inner ninja
Make your own hopscotch course¬†on the floor using painter’s tape. Don’t be scared to wander from the traditional course or make up new rules. Or use the tape on the walls of a hallway and make an obstacle course for your little spies-in-training.

Have a read-a-thon
Here’s a list of winter-inspired kids books to read under a cozy blanket (flashlight optional):
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Ollie’s Ski Trip by Elsa Maartman Beskow
The Snowflake Sisters by J. Patrick Lewis
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
Red Sled by Lita Judge