When I was a kid...well, you know how the story goes from here. Your parents had to walk to school in 10 feet of snow, backwards and barefoot, with no coat on to keep them warm. And if you stick around to hear the story again, you'll also find out that they had wolves chasing them the whole way.
But when I'm telling the story to my little monsters, I like to tell them about the massive snowstorms we used to have as kids. And how my father, their Grandpa Denis, used to build us igloos out on the front lawn for me, Aunt Daniele and Uncle Denis to play in. My mom has pictures of us playing in these igloos - for hours on end - and they were awesome.
Sadly, the wild snowstorms of my childhood have not been seen in these parts for many years. So, I try to make the best of each snow storm that we do have. I like to be prepared, so come this time of year, my kitchen, pantry and craft bins are all stocked up and ready to go...just in case.
As any parent can tell you, snow days can be loads of fun, or full of torture. How your day goes will all depend on you. To help you make the most out of your day, my sister and I have shared below some of our most favorite ways to have fun on a snow day! Enjoy!
6 WAYS TO HAVE FUN ON A SNOW DAY WITH YOUR KIDS
1.) Go sledding!
This past winter, we took the kids sledding for the first time EVER -- and it was so much fun. Our husbands came with us and we bundled the kids up (in more snow gear than they could possible move in) and we drove over to the hill that we all used to sled on as kids. We had four sleds between us, and I can honestly say that the adults had just as much fun - if not more fun - than the kids did. But to really have fun, don't just stand on the side of the sled path - get your butt on a sled and zoom down the hill with your child. They will always remember this day if you do!
2.) Make Snow Cream.
Back in December 2010, I wrote a post about Little Bear's Snow Cream. My kids used to love the show and one day Little Bear and his parents get stuck in a snow storm at Emily's Grandmother's house, and while they were there, Granny made Snow Cream.
It's a really fantastic to way to show your kids how nature, science and cooking all come together. The end result is very tasty, when mixed well, and all you need is snow, honey and milk. We had all of that on hand and even mixed some chocolate milk into one batch!
3.) Have a snowball fight...with your dogs!
We have rescued English Setters at our house, and our dogs just love the snow. Although they are technically hunting dogs, our girls have never hunted a day in their pampered lives. But, just because they spend their days looking pretty - and pointing at squirrels and birds in the yard - doesn't mean that they've lost their keen sense of smell.
Our girls start getting twitchy as soon as the snow starts to fall, and by morning, they're just itching to get out the door. One of my greatest, simplest pleasures in life is opening the back door after a snowfall and watching my two knuckleheads leap like gazelles right off of the back porch. And their favorite snowy day activity is catching and eating snowballs!
4.) Build a Snowman.
Do I even need to include this? By far, this is the Number 1 thing our kids ask us to do with them. Regardless of whether an inch has fallen, or 6 feet have come tumbling down from the Heavens, they insist on making snowmen.
And why not? Snowman are cute. You get to dress them up. The squirrels get to eat their carrot noses. All around, it's just good old family fun.
5.) Make Snow Angels.
Our kids are a sappy bunch. They love God. They love Angels. And, to be honest, they love everything. So it's no wonder that we always end up making some snow angels right before we head in for the day.
I advise waiting until the end of your snow-filled extravaganza to make these lovely impressions in the snow because without a doubt, someone will lose their hat, or their mitten, or even their boot, and then the tears will start to flow. It's nothing to be alarmed about - it just means that they've had a successful day of tuckering themselves out in the fresh air and the snow. Good job Mom & Dad!
6.) Lastly, relax and snuggle with your family.
Once you let your kids come back inside, put them in some comfy clothes or pajamas. Get out the hot chocolate and turn on a classic old movie like Star Wars Return of the Jedi. Light a fire and grab all of the blankies you can find and cuddle up with your family on the couch.
Don't forget to warm up your pets too. Our dogs are welcome under the covers while our fat cat plops himself right in front of the fire (and just stares at us while he toasts his buns). And, if someone happens to fall asleep, leave them be: snow days make some of the best napping days!
Most importantly, have fun!
Denine & Daniele