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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day

When the snow falls outside or ice and school is cancelled on account of weather, you don't have to pull out your hair trying to find some fun things for you to do. Here are some activities for your kids when they have the day off.

Play Outside
Is there any better use for a snow day than to play in the snow? Kids can build a snowman, make snow angels, or maybe even have a snowball fight. If you have access to a nearby hill, you can go sledding. They're sure to get plenty of exercise. Just be sure to have them dress warmly.

Curl Up With A Good Book
My son love to listen to a good story. Pick out an age-appropriate book and read to your children. My son enjoys "Olivia", but a shorter book would work as well. Reading to your child improves vocabulary and listening skills, plus it's a lot of fun.

Send Them On A Treasure Hunt
Make up a treasure hunt for your kids. Hide a "treasure" somewhere in the house. The treasure can be something like candy or a small toy. Give your kids a series of clues that they have to follow in order to find the treasure. You could even hide the clues outdoors if you wanted to.

Get Creative
Most kids love creating art. If the kids are stuck inside due to snow, let them play with art supplies. Get out the paper, crayons, markers, and perhaps even the paints. If you have craft sticks or modeling clay, get those out and get them to make something. The possibilities are endless, but if you need ideas, you could make houses, birds, puppets, or teddy bears.

Play Games
Although my son is still a little too young to play with board games such as monopoly, my neighbor kids loves to play them. Younger children enjoy simple games like Candy Land, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Chutes and Ladders. Older children can play more difficult games like Monopoly and Life.

A snow day doesn't have to be a boring day. There are plenty of activities that your kids can get involved in. Next time the snow falls and the kids are stuck inside, try one of these activities.

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