When the winter weather hits and Children’s Campus Preschool is closed, here are some great family activities to keep you and your preschooler from getting cabin fever! Snow days do not have to mean a day off from learning. We have included a short list of 16 activities ranging from crafts to recipes to keep you and your children engaged on your wintery day off.
Sledding – Bundling up and going outside to sled is the perfect outside activity for a snow day.
Build a snowman – Add your own personal touches by adding clothes from each family member’s wardrobe.
Bubbles – Have any extra bubbles lying around? When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, blow bubbles and watch them freeze on the wand.
Cold Molds – Use some pans from the kitchen or sand toys to create crystal fairy castles or make cakes for a cold-weather “buffet”.
Snow Maze Tag – Make a snow maze by stomping out paths throughout the yard. Once the paths are stomped out, play snow maze tag. The same rules of tag apply but you have to stay on the “maze” pathways.
Snowball Target Practice – Make a pile of snowballs and try to throw them all into a bucket from different lengths away. If you don’t have a bucket, make a circle in the snow that the snowballs have to make it into.
Once you and your preschooler have had enough of the cold weather, run inside to warm up with these great snowy day recipes!
Step 1- Place doily on graham cracker
Step 2- Have child shake sugar on
Step 3- Lift doily off to see snowflake design. Shake off extra sugar into a tray
Step 1- Skewer 3 marshmallows with a thin pretzel stick or wood skewer
Step 2- Pry apart your mini Oreo cookie and use the side without the creme attached. With a butter knife, apply a small amount of fudge icing to your Oreo, unwrap a Rolo candy and press it onto your iced cookie
Step 3- Poke a pretzel on each side of the snowman for his arms
Step 4- Use small dollops of fudge icing as eyes, buttons, and mouth, use the tic tac as a nose
Step 5 (optional) – Add a scarf to your snowman with either Fruit by the Foot or Twizzlers
Step 1- Pour all the ingredients into a crockpot and whisk together until well combined
Step 2- Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until mixture is hot and all chocolate chips are melted. Serve with marshmallows and whip cream to taste!
Ice fishing – Materials needed: Wading pool or large bin, plastic fish (or make fish out of paper as another activity) and fishing pole set. You can also use a butterfly net or make a fishing pole out of a paper towel roll and some string! Be sure to provide a campfire (made of make one out of paper towel tubes and provide orange and red paper flames) to cook your catch! Spend hours pretending to fish for food and cook on your pretend campfire!
Little Snowmen Song – Tell the children to hold up one hand and pretend that their fingers are snowmen. Say the following fingerplay with them. Encourage them to count how many are left and sing on with you!
5 little snowmen made of snow.
5 little snowmen in a row.
Out came the sun and it shone all day.
And one little snowman melted away. (put one finger down).
Ask “How many left? Let’s count! 1-2-3-4
4 little snowmen made of snow…
Repeat until gone
An Indoor Picnic – Make cookies and other finger foods ahead of time and let your kids decide where to picnic.
Indoor Ice skating – Have your child place their feet on two paper plates (one foot on one plate). They should move around the room, sliding their feet along as if they are ice skating. Add some music and turn it into a game! When the music is playing have your kids skate and when the music stops call for everyone to freeze.
Shaving Cream Snow – Put shaving cream on the table and have your children use their fingers to work on writing out letters and drawing wintery pictures.
Reading Books – Spend some time reading from your library. Pick winter books and discuss how the scenes in the book are similar to right outside your window. Pick summer or spring books and discuss how the scenes differ!
Cotton Ball Snowmen – Let your child use cotton balls to glue onto blue paper to create a snowman!
When the ice and snow finally thaw, please check out Children’s Campus of Greenville. Children’s Campus is currently enrolling for the toddler and preschool programs. We look forward to hearing from you. Please call us with questions at (252) 756-8200 or contact us to schedule a tour.