A snow day is a big deal here in Georgia. We don’t see a lot of snow but when we do, it’s pretty exciting and schools usually close! Hooray! It is always fun but the kids are pretty riled up and begging to go outside. Of course, with a snow day, kids can’t stay outside all day so we have to find fun and free ways to entertain them indoors, right? That can be a challenge. We have to come up with snow day activity ideas that are exciting enough to compete with all the white powder outside that constantly calls to the kids. These activities can help you encourage your kids to stay in long enough to warm up before heading back out to romp in the white stuff.
INDOOR SNOW DAY ACTIVITIES
Looking for fun and free things to do with your kids on a snow day? Here are 20 Activities to do with your kids that are fun for them and your wallet. From coloring to painting and everything in between, these activities will keep your kids mentally stimulated and having a great time. They’re also a great way to connect as a family.
1. Have a dance party. Music is a natural de-stressor for everyone. Turn on some music and get moving after school. Come up with your favorite dance moves to your favorite songs or just dance around the house.
2. Paint a picture. Painting is both creative and relaxing. Give your child some paints and let them express their day. Use paintbrushes, fingers, and feet to really get creative with your painting.
3. Play with play dough or clay. Get those wiggles and jiggles out with a little playdough or clay fun. Not only is it great for a creative outlet but also for developing fine motor skills.
4. Use your imagination. As a kid, you can turn carpet into a fire pit of lava, run from an invisible dinosaur, or have wild adventures in the rainforest. Help your kids go on an imaginative adventure.
5. Color pictures. The coloring is a relaxing activity that has been proven to help you unwind.
6. Bang on pots and pans. Sometimes kids just need a physical outlet to get out their frustrations. Get out the pots and pans and go to town.
7. Enjoy some singing time. Get out that karaoke machine and belt out a song. Kids love singing and singing is a nice afterschool outlet.
8. Shoot some hoops. Shooting hoops don’t always have to happen outside. Grab some laundry baskets and make your own hoops inside for a little transition.
9. Get goofy. Sometimes just laughing and being silly makes the whole day worth it. Make silly faces, take silly pictures and just goof around.
10. Make a craft. If you have a creative kid, have a box of arts and crafts supplies that they can enjoy when they get home. If your child needs a little help, print out simple crafts they can do on their own.
11. Read a story to your kids. Kids spend a lot of time reading at school, so take the time to read to them. Choose a book that interests you both and enjoy reading and acting it out.
12. Have a scavenger hunt. Give your child clues to finding their snack. Take them on a scavenger hunt throughout the house.
13. Play a game. Board games come in all shapes and sizes. Spend some quality time with your child and play a board game. You could even incorporate educational games to go with their learning such as sight word BINGO.
14. Put on a puppet show. Puppets are always fun and they are a great way for your child to express their emotions and feelings without being in a conversation. Ask your child to reenact their day, a book, or recess.
15. Have an exercise regimen. Play some music and get fit. Exercise is a great way to get rid of daily stresses and unwind from the day.
16. Play in the shaving cream. Spray some shaving cream on that dirty counter or table and let your kids wash it clean with their hands. Playing in shaving cream is a fun activity to get out the wiggles, but it can also be used to practice writing spelling words or working on math problems.
17. Make a town. Use tape to create sidewalks and roads. Get out the blocks and build up your town with houses, stores, and parks. This is a great way to break out that creativity.
18. Take pictures. Selfies are always fun but don’t stop there. Get out and take pictures of the pretty snow and icicles hanging from the trees. Get creative and use photo editors to make some fantastic collages.
19. Bake Cookies Kids tend to snack more when they are inside cooped up all day. When it is cold outside, baking cookies is always fun. Warm up by the fire with some hot chocolate & fresh baked cookies.
20. Go out in the snow. Go out and bear the snow with your kids. Let’s face it; the snow is fun on its own. Head out to make a snowman, paint in the snow, go sledding, or have a snowball fight.
have Some Fun with these Snow Day Ideas
Of course, when it starts to snow, the kids want to be outside, especially in a place like Georgia where snow days are few and far between. They can’t stay outside all day, though. So when it’s time to bring them in to warm up, try out any of these indoor snow day activity ideas so the fun doesn’t stop for the kids. A dance party, some playdough sculpting, puppet shows, and more are all great ways to keep the kids excited, entertained, and engaged while they warm up for another round of outdoor romping.
What other indoor activities do you do on a snow day? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear your ideas.
Janet W. says
These are great ideas! We love to play family board games on snow days.