We're having a snow day here in DC today–although there's only about a 1/2 inch on the ground right now–it's how they do things here. They anticipate the weather being bad, so we all stay home. The real snow is supposed to come in tonight, so we'll probably be home tomorrow, too. My kids are so so excited as they've been hoping for another Snowmageddon like last year. Me, not so much.
With lots of hours to fill, I go back to some of my favorite activities:
- Recycled Puzzles: My preschoolers can practice their scissor skills by cutting pictures out of magazines, gluing them to cardboard, and cutting out puzzle pieces. Here's my tutorial.
- Drawing on Big Paper: We have a roll of poster paper, and whenever I take out a BIG piece, it inspires the kids to work together on a mural, pirate treasure map, or something creative. It's a great open-ended activity. You can also use it to encourage healthy eating.
- Toy Switcheroo: Long days like these are one of the reasons I keep a bin of toys hidden in the basement (the other reason is to stay decluttered). When I pull out a bin, the kids act as if they've never seen the toys before, and they play for hours. The same works for books; if I pull out the “baby” board books today, my 4-year-olds will sit and read on their own happily.
- Board Games: We're big board game people over here, and with the 6 new ones we got over the holidays, I owe you another review post.
- Free-Crafting: I keep a big container of recyclables–yogurt containers, egg cartons, etc. and let the kids get creative with glue, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and whatever else we've collected. Last snow day, they built robots. Today, we'll see…
Hope these ideas help you on your snow days, too!
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