Fun, Free Activities For A Snow Day

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A very snowy Tuesday to you all!

I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy indoors, preferably with a mug of hot cocoa or coffee. On days like these I used to love making snow angels or forts in the front yard and having snowball fights with my brothers, but as I got older I began to prefer staying indoors with a book. So today I thought, why not put together a list of frugal ideas for having fun on a snow day? This list includes activities for all ages (and don’t worry, I won’t suggest reading) that you can break out the next time you get to stay home!

For kids, avoid the temptation to just let them fight over the family iPad or Xbox by busting out some of those board games and playing as a family unit. Or grab a deck of cards and teach the whole family a new game! Here’s a list of 10 kid-friendly card games with easy directions. If you have baking supplies in the house, get the kids to help you whip up a batch of brownies or rainbow cookies (let them go a little crazy with the food coloring!). Of course there’s also this classic: Paula Deen’s snow ice cream! (If you don’t have sweetened condensed milk, you can substitute sugar and milk – try chocolate milk for chocolate snow ice cream!)

For more suggestions, check out these ingenious ways to play with snow indoors, including snow painting with watercolors, Mr. Snowy Potato Head, and more! Or try these suggestions for having fun with science in your kitchen. And of course, here are the top 20 things to do outside on a snowy day.

For teens and adults, there are tons of enjoyable activities for a snow day that don’t involve aimlessly surfing the web or being glued to your phone. Try making up a new recipe using only the ingredients available in the house – or find a recipe you’ve never tried before, and make your siblings, parents, or roommates be the guinea pigs. If you’re crafty, make something for your family or friends, or teach yourself to knit or quilt or crochet…you get the picture. Alternatively, catch up on your cleaning, or sit down to write a story or draw a picture of whatever comes to mind. If you have birthday cards or thank-yous to write, take the time to do it now!

Or skim through these suggestions: 40 Things to Do on a School Snow Day and 16 Productive Things to Do on a Snow Day.

Hope you have a happy snow day!