It’s not often we have a real snow day in Houston and, I think, we’re up to three for the year!† So when school’s out what to do?† Crafts and cooking and reading and snuggling and…okay, I might have just started listing thing Buddy the Elf loves, but they work either way.
Cold weather is great for read alouds. Some of our cold weather favorites are:
- Katy and the Big Snow, by Virgina Lee Burton,
- Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen,
- The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
- And, for older kids, this might be a good time to start The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis or
- The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
2. Drink Something Warm
If ever you needed an excuse for hot cocoa a snow day is it! And, I mean real hot chocolate – no powders! Might I suggest this Nutella Hot Chocolate – it looks like everything that is right in the world in one cup.
3. Arts & Crafts
Even if you’re not the “crafty” mom when you get an unexpected day at home you may find the time for it.† Here are some fun suggestions with†items you probably already have in the house (yay, no grocery trip with kids!).
Magic Snow/ Erupting Snow – it’s naturally cold and fluffy and powdery like the real thing.
Shivery Snow Paint – Make your own fluffy sparkly snow paint to create snowmen or landscapes or whatever!
4. Go Outside
I know, that’s not what Texans do when it’s cold.† There is a reason the AC has a heat setting, but maybe sneak out and play in the†cold…a little.† Sure you’ll spend more time bundling the kids up than the actual amount of time you’ll be out there but, you know parenting, we do it all for the memories!