Best snow day activities for kids

When your kids are unexpectedly out of school for a snow day, you need to find something to occupy their time at home for an extra six to eight hours. Of course, they can build a snowman, go sledding or have a snowball fight. However, sometimes the weather is too frightful to play outside. For those times, check out these fun indoor snow day activities for kids.

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Kids love school snow days, but parents need to be prepared for these surprise days off from school. Snow days can present an opportunity to enjoy many fun-filled family activities.

Reading time

If you are looking for an independent activity for kids of all ages, set aside a couple of hours for reading time. For something a little different, try audio books. From preschoolers to high school students, all kids love audio books. Audio books allow children that aren’t strong readers to enjoy a good book a little above their independent reading level. Audio books help improve listening skills, comprehension and vocabulary. If you don’t have audio books on hand, most libraries have a “dial-a-story” line where kids can call and listen to stories being read out loud.

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Art projects

Snow days are the perfect time for arts and crafts projects. From finger paints to beading and play dough to scrapbooking, your little artists will enjoy special projects on snow days. Here are some easy arts and crafts ideas that your children will love.


You have six to eight hours of time to fill on snow days. Get an hour or two of peace and quiet by instituting naptime. Naps are beneficial to children and adults, too. You can make naptime fun for your kids by allowing them to build a “fort” in the living room. Break out the sheets, blankets and sleeping bags. Even if they don’t actually sleep, your kids will enjoy family naptime.

Kitchen fun

Start a snow day tradition by making a special meal together as a family. Have your kids decide what they want to make, and then allow them to help with various aspects of the preparation and cooking. Even the youngest kids can contribute by washing vegetables, setting the table and more. If you have a fireplace, roast marshmallows and make gooey s’mores for dessert.

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Classic games

Snow days are bound to bring up memories of your own childhood. Celebrate the day with your kids by playing some nostalgic, classic games. Break out your favorite board games, from Candyland to Monopoly. Build cabins, houses and other structures with Lincoln Logs and Legos. Teach your kids how to play jacks or marbles. And even if it’s too cold outside, you can always put together a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek indoors.

Snow days allow stay at home parents (and those willing to take a day off of work) the opportunity to spend some quality time with their children. Get your kids to unplug and stay off the TV, computer and video games. Take some time to enjoy each other as a family.

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