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How to Survive a Snow Day with Your Family

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Ah, snow days. Can you remember back to your own childhood when you wished for and dreamed of snow days? Did you stay up late, hoping to catch the first few flakes falling from the sky before you went to bed? Did you sit in front of the television set just waiting to see if school would be canceled for the following day? Snow days are simply magical for kids, and they usually leave parents in a scramble. If schools are closed and the whole family is snowed in for a day or two, it’s good to have a plan as to different activities for the family to enjoy. Here are a few fun things that you can do as a family to make the most of your snow day.

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Make snow cream. This is something that many southern families like to do. Before the snow begins to fall, put a large clean bowl outside to catch the snow. The next day, bring the clean snow inside and make snow cream for the family to eat. Stock up on sturdy mixing bowls from Calphalon. They’ll withstand the cold temperatures and will do well outdoors. Calphalon is offering free ground shipping on orders of $35.00+.

To make snow cream:

1 cup milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar.
1 tsp. vanilla extract.
1 pinch salt.
8 cups clean snow
Optional toppings

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Go sledding as a family. Nothing is more fun than enjoying a day of sledding with the entire family. You can find great deals on winter gear for the family at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Get $20.00 off a $100.00 purchase. This will be easy to reach when you make sure that you have snowsuits, gloves, hats, sleds, and all of the other equipment you’ll need for a day of outdoor fun in the snow. Other fun outdoor activities you can do include building a snowman, having a snowball fight, taking a winter wonderland walk through the neighborhood, and making snow angels. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to capture these wonderful memories.

Indoor fun. When you’re ready to warm up, head indoors. Have everyone remove snowy boots and coats on the back porch or in the mudroom. Leave wet clothes in the laundry room, and have everyone get cozy in warm sweaters or pajamas. If you have a fireplace, build a fire, and put on some nice music. You could get a family dance party going and burn even more energy! If you’re tired from all of the outdoor excitement from sledding, why not play some quiet games, or even pop in a movie? You can make homemade popcorn and hot chocolate for the family, and spend some quality time together, cuddled up on the couch. You might even doze for a few minutes!

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A snow day is a great time to get crafty. Bring out all of the family’s art supplies and let everyone work independently on a craft or project. If your family will go for it, you could even have everyone pitch in and work on the same project. Pull out coloring books and crayons if the family isn’t into arts and crafts. You might even want to stock up on a few adult coloring books and nice colored pencils- just for mom and dad. Coloring is a great way to relieve stress and relax.

At the end of the day, give yourself a pat on the back. You survived a snow day at home with the kids! Your house might be a wreck, but you can clean it up later. You made some great memories that you’ll always cherish.