Yet AGAIN, the weather outside is frightful! More than likely if you're a mom like me and you have school aged kids, they are home for yet another snow day. Even if your kids aren't school aged, they still might get bored on a day like today.
So what can the kids do or you all do together to beat the snow day blues but still keep them learning?
1. Make them think they are getting some fun tablet or computer time.
Do your kids have a Dreambox or other web based app from the school they could practice their skills. No need for them to get rusty. I know today I'll have my daughter pop onto her iPad for a bit and do some of the learning based apps she has. The apps are usually fun (Monkey Preschool Lunchbox was another one when she was younger she'd play) and entertaining and make learning fun. Plus they think they are winning by getting screen time.
Bonus - this usually means you get some you time too.
2. Let's Bake!
Look up a fun recipe that you and the kids might enjoy. Have them help you look for the ingredients. Then have them help you bake it up. They'll learn about measurements, cooking skills and then have a great time eating their creations afterwards. Be sure to base their level of help to what you think they are capable of doing.
3. Learn responsibility
Crank up the tunes and get some cleaning done. Have a race to see who can pick up the most items in the living room and put them away. If they are younger, race them for putting the most toys away. Have them help with the mopping and make it a dance party. Do laundry but make it a 'basketball' game and shoot the clothes into the washer. Or wind up and play 'baseball' with the clothes into the dryer.
4. Engineer some fun
Build a fort with the kids (or if they are old enough - have them build their own). They'll need to think about ways to get the fort to stay up, create walls and more. Then afterwards they'll have a fun hideout to hang in.
5. Mold some fun
Grab the kids and the ingredients and have the kids make some homemade playdough. Skip to my Lou has a great easy recipe on her site to make the playdough with. Again, they'll learn all about measurements, chemistry (as the play dough forms) and then creativity when they can play with it all afterwards. You could even have them create the shape cards shapes from School Time Snippets.
6. Write a book
Have the kids get creative and write a book. Pick a topic and have them write the story and illustrate the book. Not only does it let their imaginations run wild, it helps them with grammar, English and more. Then get fun and act it out.
Whatever you choose to do, grab your coffee or tea (or maybe wine, depending on how many snow days you are already at or what time of day it is- no judging here) and let the kids get some fun in that also keeps them learning something.
What are some things you are doing to get thru yet another snow day?
My name is Liz. I'm a creative (and slightly crazy) mom, small business owner, blogger, wife, martial artist and crafter/DIY'er in the Lakes Region of NH.
Here you'll find me writing about fun events, meetups, things to do and neat things about the Lakes Region in NH.
I host monthly GNO Events in the area to help other moms get out there and have some fun.