The First Snow

I have a confession to make. I cannot stand the cold! I’m not one of those moms who will make snow angels and the arsenal of snowballs for the boys. Whew, that felt good to get that off my chest!

Our boys love to be outside in any temperature, but even more so when there is snow! We are lucky to have a small hill in our backyard. It is a great location for the boys, their friends and our neighbors to go sledding. We haven’t experienced any broken bones yet!

I will venture out bundled up to ensure I get snapshots to remember. I do manage to get back inside quickly before the snowball war begins. The kids know better than to attack the “Snow Princess.” Yes, I have given myself that title, thankyouverymuch!

Just because I do not prefer to freeze my limbs off doesn’t mean I can’t help my boys with their love of the snow in my own way! One thing I always do {since I’m nestled in the warmth of inside} is to prepare something warm for their little bellies after stripping off the snowy clothes and socks. The kids look forward to this as much as playing outside. They always request Hot Chocolate with marshmallows. We are well supplied during cold weather!

If it is around meal-time, we will do something hot like Pizza or Soups. I always stockpile soup since it’s quick and easy and can feed masses. Or, we will order pizza since that’s a special treat for them. We usually have several people to feed so either warm food item can feed a lot and is filling!

So, no, I don’t do the outside snow wars with the boys. Someone has to man the stove (or the phone for delivery) to ensure their little bellies have nourishment to de-ice! I’m happy to see the rosy little cheeks enjoy the hot goodies and hear them discuss the snow adventures of the day.

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Given the first big snow has come and gone, I have a few snapshots to scrapbook (when I ever find the time). However, I would prefer to find some indoor activities for next time when the kids are cooped up inside. Do you have a great indoor activity you do with your kids on these snowy days?

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 21, 2010

32 Comments

  • Erica - January 21, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Our kids love when our family has an indoor “camping trip”. We set up their small tents or make a blanket fort in the living room and sleep in tents and use lanterns. The boys like to pretend to fish with their fishing poles. :) We also make smores (on the fireplace or the stove) and tell ghost stories. I will allow them to eat in their campsite and watch a movie. It’s always a fun family-night!

  • Ryann - January 21, 2010 @ 9:16 am
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    Well, since you mentioned scrapbooking, you could involve the kids with scrapbooking! A little mini album could be made with paper bags or cardstock and then they can use up some of your older supplies (a good way to purge your stock) to create their own scrapbook. They could “scrap” about their favorite vacation, favorite holiday, best friend, or a collection they may have.

  • Laura J. - January 21, 2010 @ 9:28 am
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    I am from Houston so unfortunately we don’t have many snow days, but we did have one recently and we ran outside an played in it. Typical southern reaction to snow…we would rather be outside because we have no idea when we will see it again.

  • Lila - January 21, 2010 @ 9:29 am
    4

    Give each one a lump of bread dough to play with and shape, then bake and serve with marinara.

  • Nikki - January 21, 2010 @ 9:37 am
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    Mkae a “Game Day.” Each child gets to pick a game, and you play them all! Its fun to set out some child-friedly finger foods and treats, and there are many recipes out there that the kids will have fun helping prepare!

  • Rebecca Chandler - January 21, 2010 @ 10:41 am
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    Empty cardboard boxes. My kids will play for hours with an empty box, or a large plastic tote. Sometimes its a spaceship, sometimes its a car, sometimes its a package they deliver to me. My kids are 3 & 6 so it is easy to entertain them. Usually whatever I am doing they want to help. They even like to ‘clean’. I’ll give them a spray bottle of water and have them spray the glass door or refrigerator and clean the water off. I know they just like to spray the water, but every lit bit helps. :-)

    They also love when I turn the bunk bed into a ‘fort’ with a blanket.

  • Ann - January 21, 2010 @ 10:50 am
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    My son loves snow days because he wants to play out in it. We recently had a lot of snow and he likes to help shovel the snow. He also loves to go sledding.

  • Staci - January 21, 2010 @ 11:07 am
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    I am not crafty at all but my 3-year-old adores art projects. I found a site called No Time For Flash Cards and it has amazing, very creative but easy crafts. I swear, this site is like a gift from the SAHM fairies!! I gather our materials and we just do one project after the other. Sometimes we take a break in between to bake cookies but my little one thinks baking is crafty too! :) Before you know it the day is gone.

  • Whitney - January 21, 2010 @ 11:13 am
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    I am not sure how old your boys are, but I have saw many recipes for homemade play-dough. They could help make it and then play with it.

  • Mommy Daisy - January 21, 2010 @ 11:15 am
    10

    Some of our favorite things to do inside are building with Lincoln Logs & Legos.

  • Lacie - January 21, 2010 @ 11:16 am
    11

    Bring the snow inside in bowls and enjoy eating homemade snow cones :)
    http://www.lifedownourlane.com/2010/01/what-do-you-get-when-you-combine.html

  • Evi Hershberger - January 21, 2010 @ 11:41 am
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    My favorite winter activity to do with my grandkids is to put a children’s music CD in the player, then sing and dance along. It helps get rid of all that pent-up energy and is good exercise for me too!! (I won’t have access to my email next week-just in case I win, I wanted you to know I will respond when I return.) Thanks!!!

  • Jenni - January 21, 2010 @ 11:55 am
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    My boys are too small for this, but I remember playing hide and go seek in the house growing up. We love playing games, so we also did game days-each person got to pick one and we’d just play games all day. Our tradition for lunch was always tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwitches. We also got the “opportunity” to have a cooking lesson since we were home all day, as in, we “got” to cook dinner with Mom’s help, of course.

  • Monica - January 21, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
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    During the cold winter snow days, I take my kids outside to play. For a while at least…then I go inside and prepare something nice and hot to eat and drink. I also get ready for when they come inside and strip down out of their cold, wet clothes.

    On those cold snowy days I prefer to stay in and do not let the kids play outside in the snow for whatever reason we always find something to do. Playing games, watching movies, making cookies……they are pretty easily entertained!

  • Jen @ 925frugal.com - January 21, 2010 @ 1:14 pm
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    When I get that rare opportunity to be home all day during the winter, we put a fire in the woodstove and have jammie/movie day. The kids love to be allowed to watch more than one movie in a row (if their attention span can handle it) and we pop popcorn to snack on while we watch.
    We run around like crazy people 9x out of 10, so one day of vegging in front of the TV is not going to hurt them or cause them to lose their creativity :)
    Its a nice break for me too.

  • Sheila - January 21, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
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    Since I love to cook and sew, I often resort to this type of thing with my kids. I or we make something special to eat, and I try to have some sort of crafty (sorry! I did read that you aren’t into crafts) thing that I have put aside for them to do. I recently have been doing sewing lessons with my girls, and they are old enough now to make something that is meaningful to them. I don’t rent movies often, so sometimes durng bad weather I will do that, and it’s a treat for my kids.

  • Jeaneane - January 21, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
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    My kids love to glue!! I give them some macaroni (or beans, or small pieces of paper, googly eyes, you get the picture) and away they go!! I keep their pictures for a while on the fridge and then we “file” them away to make room for another project!!

  • Nicole - January 21, 2010 @ 3:25 pm
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    I don’t like playing in the snow either. LOL
    Instead, I grab a big tub and fill it with snow and bring it inside. I lay down a plastic tablecloth in the kitchen and give the kids some old tupperware and kitchen utensils to use with the snow. They have a blast playing with snow and I don’t get cold. Win-win for everyone.

  • Marne - January 21, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
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    To go along with Nicole’s idea, bring in some snow in a plastic storage container. Mix food coloring & water in small spray bottles and let the kids make colored snow. You can do this outside as well. Or let your child take a bath in colored water. You can put food coloring in the water (no, it doesn’t make your child turn colors) and let them play in it. You can also put red on one side of the tub and blue on the other and watch it turn purple, or red and yellow to make orange, or blue and yellow to make green. Give them paint brushes and they can “paint” with the colored water.

  • Jennifer - January 21, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
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    I am with you on the non-love of the snow. My twins are 3 and this is the first year that they have boots. ugh. I was disappointed that the nursery school taught them about snow angels. So that gave me the motherly guilt of not taking them outside to play. Anyway, a good indoor activity for the 2-3 year old set is to play with uncooked rice in a large pan. Add some spoons and little people and they’ll be set for awhile. You’ll need your vacuum for clean up!

  • Juli Lonas - January 21, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
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    Start collecting (or have the boys collect) “glue ons.” That’s the fancy label on our small box of junk. :) My kids love to glue that stuff into all types of collages. They’ve also decorated water bottles into little people with mostly yarn, markers, and fabric — no picture or pattern, just imagination. Some of out valuable junk: beads, scraps of fabric, glue on eyes, yarn, broken parts of toys, shells, rocks, lace — anything! Most of it is stuff I’m ready to throw away, but then I remember the “glue on” box. You don’t have to do anything but watch their creativity take over and provide glue.

  • Angel S. - January 21, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
    22

    We like to put together puzzles. Of course, we all fight over who gets to put in the last piece.

  • Suzy - January 21, 2010 @ 6:48 pm
    23

    I’m not that creative – but to keep my 5-year old occupied and the house warm, we bake cookies. We all love them, they’re easy, and good for little helpers.

  • Jaime - January 21, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
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    We love to make cards for people at church who are sick. Nothing fancy, notebook paper, construction paper or coloring pages!

  • Kaycee - January 21, 2010 @ 9:53 pm
    25

    Definitely forts. Gather all the pillows and blankets you can find – everything is more fun in a fort!!

  • LMHutch - January 22, 2010 @ 8:06 am
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    OK. Three things to share and I am NOT creative in the least but I do need something for them to burn off their energy.

    1) Get tape. It can be color tape, Xmas tape, whatever. Then mark off either a hopscotch or four square or leapfrog circles. We have even done twister before. Have the kids go at it so long as it is not near anything that they can hurt themselves or destroy.
    2) Keep a bunch of the cardboard toilet tissue rolls and the paper towel rolls in a closet in a bag. Once the rain/snow hits and you are going crazy, break out the bag and crayons/markers. Have them decorate. Add stickers, you get the picture. If they want, they can tape multiple ones together and make different things kind of like legos if you have enough. Even the real little ones like this activity b/c of the stickers and crayons.
    3) Lastly DANCE PARTY! We put in various CDs and let them dance, showing off their latest moves :-)

  • Keri - January 22, 2010 @ 8:36 am
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    Clean their rooms, housework, play board games, bake something together, invite the neighbor kids over to play WII and XBOX, get the playdoh out, do puzzles, rent a movie orwatch one you already have.

  • Dina - January 22, 2010 @ 10:38 am
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    We like to do indoor ‘picnics’ on rainy or snowy days. I put a tablecloth in the middle of the kitchen floor and we eat our lunch or snack there just like we would be at a park picnicing. The kids think it is fun and enjoy eating on the floor! ;)

  • Melanie - January 22, 2010 @ 3:39 pm
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    We normally stay inside where it is warm by the fire and watch movies. I usually end of making cookies, brownies or cinnamon rolls for us to snack on. You gotta have some sweets to eat! :)

  • Kathy - January 24, 2010 @ 11:48 pm
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    Make indoor snowmen with Rice Krispie Treats!

    http://houseofhills.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/indoor-snowmen/

  • Marloe's Mommy - February 17, 2010 @ 11:22 pm
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    PINYATAS!!! (i know i can’t spell but you get what i mean!)
    we use balloons, (blow em up and hang them by a sting for wrapping and drying purposes), tear newspaper into strips, we usually use a very wet wallpaper paste, run the stips through and cover the ballons, they need to dry thoughroughly so this can become a two day pfoject if you have too many paper layers or its too humid, when theyre dry you can cut a small whole in it to fill with candy if thats your purpose, if its for decoration you can stick it with a pin to pop your balloon. while its drying cut your construction paper, gift box tissues or whatever you are using to cover it and get your decorations ready you can tape paper cones to it for a sun, tape toilet paper tubes to it for animal legs, get creative, anything goes, the trash can has a TON of reusable pinyata additions believe me! Alls you have to do is cover it or paint it. You can use water ballons sized to make a pinyata mobile!

  • Marloe's Mommy - February 17, 2010 @ 11:29 pm
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    ok my FAVORITE when i was young and with my grammy who didnt like to play outside no matter the weather, was making wish boxes! my grampa smoked cigars so i’d get a box whenever i’d go over and she’d have walpaper to glue on it along with shells, but you can use any little cardboard box i suppose and any decorative paper including your scrapbook pages to glue over it and glue on any crafts you’vew got! guess thats more of a girl thing unless it boy paper lol
    second thought go with the pinyatas

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