Snowed In

Well, here we are. The first snowstorm of the year. And if you’re anything like me, you’re trying desperately to come up with fun things to do inside that keep the kids from climbing the walls out of boredom…and keep you from pulling your hair out in frustration! (I mean—there are only so many times you can handle watching “Hotel Transylvania 2”…am I right?!)

So, with the imminent snow storm warning hanging over my head, I’ve come up with a few things that can keep us entertained inside while it’s freezing and flurrying outside!

  • Chocolate Writing – This is one that actually came to me when I was putting together a birthday cake for a friend last week. I wanted a cute diamond shape to go on the cake, and I wanted it to be edible. So, I took a plastic kitchen storage bag, cut a corner off, popped a piping tip in there, melted some candy wafers (y’all know me—I love those things!) and poured it right into the bag. I lined a cookie sheet with some parchment paper and started ‘drawing.’ The kids saw me and insisted picking out colors and getting creative on their own! (If you don’t have candy melts on hand, use some chocolate chips and melt in 30-second increments.) Have fun making whatever shapes or words you want…cool them in the fridge and then you’ve got a sweet treat to enjoy!
  • Paint with Marbles – Have your kids paint a sheet of paper that is cut to fit into a round baking pan or a rectangle baking dish. Once that has dried, place the paper into the pan that it fits into and squeeze other colors of paint onto a paper plate. Take a marble and coat it in the paint and place the marble in the pan or dish. Roll it around and let the marble take its own creative course! Once they’re finished, let the kids take their masterpiece out and let it dry—you can wash the wet paint out of your dishes right away!
  • Balloon Rocket Race – This one is a hit with my oldest—he loves science and building things. Take a piece of string and secure it to one side of the room—either tied to a bookshelf or a curtain rod. (Our basement is pretty big, so this makes for some fun races!) Take a straw and thread it through the string before securing the other end across the room from where you’ve already tied the first end of the string. Slide the straw all the way to one end of the string. Blow up a balloon, but don’t tie it—just pinch the end while you carefully tape the balloon to the straw. Count to 3, let the balloon go and see how fast and far it goes!
  • Good Ol’ Fashioned Snow Cream – If the forecast calls for snow, set out a large bowl. If you can collect 8 cups of freshly fallen snow, bring it inside and add 1 can (14 oz.) of sweet condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix it up and serve immediately—because. It melts. 😉

What are some of your favorite indoor activities to do? Let us know!