20 Things to Do When You Have a Snow Day

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities to do on your next snow day, look no further! I’ve put together a list of 20 activities and tasks you can accomplish the next time snow (or ice) keeps your family at home:

1. Disinfect Backpacks

Kids are germy. I like to take a can of disinfectant and spray backpacks and shoes.

2. Disinfect Lunch Boxes

I try to wipe down the boys’ lunchboxes every weekend, but sometimes life gets in the way and I forget. Snow days are great for slowing down and accomplishing little tasks like this.

3. Wash Coats, Hats, Gloves, etc.

I usually do this after the boys have played outside for a time.

4. Make a Craft

Get inspired with these ideas!

5. Watch a Movie

Pop some popcorn, grab a snack, and snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie together. I love using snow days to introduce my kids to my childhood favorites.

6. Do Homework

As a kid, I’d always try to get my homework done before a possible snow day, but I know not everyone is like this. Snow days are great for working on a school project or studying for upcoming exams.

7. Build a Fort

Give your kids blankets or sheets and let them use their imaginations to build. We’ve made forts out of couches and cushions and tables and chairs.

8. Read

Children's Books © Muddy Boots and Diamonds

Read a novel. A magazine. A comic. Read to yourself. Read to your kids. Aim for 20 minutes every day you’re home. This post explains why 20 minutes of reading five days a week is so important.

9. Enjoy a Hot Beverage

I love a cup of tea after playing outside or shoveling snow. My boys ask for hot chocolate, but only eat the marshmallows, claiming that the hot chocolate is too hot. Then it’s too cold and they admit they just wanted the marshmallows.

10. Play a Game

Child's Hand moving game pice on Monopoly Mario Kart via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

A board game or a card game or make one up! 

11. Shovel the Driveway/Sidewalk

This is great heavy work for kids. It lets them exert some energy so they aren’t bouncing off the walls at the end of the day.

12. Set aside old toys/clothes to donate

When the boys are home from school for an extended period of time, I take note of what they play with and don’t. Toys they don’t touch get put on my list of things to donate or consign.

If your kids are older, it’s an opportunity to get them involved in the decision making.

13. Go Sledding

 

14. Build a Snowman

 

15. Bake Cookies

Or a cake. Or cupcakes. Or these pretzel bites or trail mix!

16. Color/Draw

 

17. Blow Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubble on Patio Table © Muddy Boots and Diamonds

I blew (hehe) my kids away when I showed them how to do this a few years ago. Now they ask to blow bubbles every time it snows.

18. Complete a Puzzle

 

19. Write to a Friend

Stack of Greeting Cards with Seasons Greeting Label via Muddy Boots and Diamonds blog

If your snow day is just after the holidays, it’s also a great time to write Thank You notes for all the gifts you received.

20. Make S’mores

Boy Roasting Marshmallow in Fireplace on a snow day Muddy Boots and Diamonds

We have a wood fireplace and one of our favorite wintertime activities is making s’mores after dinner on a day we’ve got it lit. If you don’t use a fireplace then make them in the microwave.

What snow day activities would you add to this list?

Want this written down? I’ve made this list of snow day activities into a checklist so you and your family can see how many you can accomplish on your next day home from school and work!

A thing about my printables:

This worksheet is 8.5×11 inches. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

    • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
    • You MAY NOT resell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
    • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to this blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds, and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
    • I’d love to see how you use this worksheet! Please feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

Download your free Snow Day Bucket List here!

Winter Scavenger Hunt Printable

The days are shorter. The weather is colder. You’ve noticed your kids are spending a lot more time indoors vs out. 

It’s winter.

If you’re in need of an activity for your kids to do, look no further than my Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt. I’ve made them for spring, summer, and fall, so I had to make sure to give you one for winter as well!

This free printable is great for preschoolers or young elementary school-aged kids still learning to read. Print it out, hand it to your kids (or students!) and let them take it outside with them on a nicer winter day. You could even let your kids complete the winter scavenger hunt on car rides to keep them busy.

Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt for Kids facebook graphic via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

A thing about my printables:

This worksheet is 8.5×11 inches. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

    • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
    • You MAY NOT re-sell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
    • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to this blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds, and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
    • I’d love to see how you use this worksheet! Please feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

Download your free Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt here!

Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt for Kids pinterest graphic via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

Want more ideas to fill the time during winter months? Check out my Winter Fun board on Pinterest!

Winter Storm Stella: Some Pictures

Winter Storm Stella was unpredictable right up to the end. Ten days before she blew through town, it was projected we’d get about 8 inches of snow. A few days later, possibly 12+. Then 5. Then 1. Then 5! Then 10! Then nothing. Then 3. Then nothing. Then 5…

Winter has been lacking in Virginia and I found myself really wanting just One! Good! Snow! before the trees turned green and the rest of our flowers popped up. It’s totally possible here for all our trees to bud and flowers to bloom and then get slammed with a blizzard mid-March.

In the end, here in my part of Virginia, we got about an inch (maybe 2) of snow and a lot of ice. When we woke up Tuesday morning, the roads were black, but slushy and slick so school was canceled and Mr Boots’ work closed for the day. It was nice to have a day at home, since the weekend was full of errands and Monday was full of doctors and traveling.

The thing with ice storms — here in Virginia, anyway — is that the ice doesn’t stick around long. The boys wanted to play outside, so we obliged for about 15 minutes. The wind was blowing, making it a lot colder than it was that morning. I took the chance to take some pictures (naturally).

Pictures from Winter Storm Stella via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

I think this daffodil is the only one to survive the sudden drop in temperatures and the ice. It doesn’t look as pretty now as it did in this picture, but it’s still yellow and now shriveled and brown like all the others.

Winter Storm Stella Ice Covered Weeds via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

Even weeds look pretty in ice!

But the prettiest sight were our Ornamental Plum Trees:

Winter Storm Stella | Plum Blossom via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

I really don’t think my pictures do them justice. They looked like pink sea glass flowers on a branch. So pretty!

Icy Ornamental Plum Blossom | Winter Storm Stella via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

While the ice-covered flowers and weeds were pretty, I’m still feeling let down. We’ve had a couple of snow storms this winter but nothing that gave us good snowman making snow, which is something the boys have wanted to do. Winter’s not over, so I’m still holding out a little hope for one big, really good snow. But if I can’t have that, then I’m more than ready for consistent temperatures in the 70’s.

Were you affected by Winter Storm Stella? Were the meteorologists able to predict your weather better than ours?