The snow is coming down sideways outside. Inches continue to pile on to those already on the ground and it is cold. We have been outside, made snow angels, went sledding, and shoveled again and again, but how do you keep kids busy and entertained inside?
There are the usual entertainers: books, board games, puzzles, television and movies. We love a good movie now and then, but really try to keep the screen time to a minimum. Library books are a great alternative to your personal rotation, but if you didn’t make it to the library writing your own story is a great option. A few sheets of construction paper folded in half and stapled a few times turns itself into imagination central. Alphabet adventures in the Amazon, A shrunken tiger lost in your laundry room (thanks for the ideas Rowan!!) You can fill the pages and the hours.
The little ones love a good dance party or I made up this color game in five minutes for a fun learning option. It is easy to make with materials around the house. For the snowman color match game all you need is white paper, markers and construction paper or foam shapes.
Cut out white circles in three different sizes. Select how many colors you want to use and be sure you have one circle for each color. On the small circles draw your snowman face. On the medium circles draw snowman buttons and on the largest circles, write out the color. Then, using your colored paper, cut out a hat in the coordinating colors. Ask your kiddos to match the colors and build a snowman.
Most importantly, on a snow day you need good snow day snacks. This sugar cookie recipe comes from Bakergirl and is super easy. I made a few changes and I always use my muscles to stir in the love. Have everyone put on their aprons and help bake up some batches. This is a great recipe for your littles to help with because the measurements are simple and the ingredient list short.
2 sticks Butter
1 1/4 cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2 cups Flour
1/4 cup Corn Starch
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Sprinkles
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Whip butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. In a medium bowl add the vanilla and almond extracts and egg, stir until everything is well combined.
4. In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until well combined. Dough should be thick.
6. Stir in your sprinkles being careful not to over stir.
7. Roll into quarter sized balls and drop on to your cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
They won’t last long. These bite sized goodies are the perfect snack after playing in the snow. We shared a few with neighbors during our hot cocoa toast celebrating our snow day. Let’s hope the electricity stays on and the warm fun inside can continue while it snows and blows outside.
This storm will keep us sheltering in place for the weekend and beyond. It can seem like forever for children and adults. Keep them busy and full and they will be wishing for more snow days. Sorry parents, cookies or not you will probably be wishing for school days. Maybe make a double batch! Happy snow day.