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Winter means snow in many parts of the country. When kids are home from school for a snow day, parents and child care providers can be prepared with lots of snow day activities.

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Stay tuned to the National Weather Service to find updated forecasts for your area, weather advisories and weather safety information.

Here are some fun outdoors and indoors snow day activities for all ages to enjoy when the snow hits this winter.

Bundle the kids up and head outdoors for a day of sledding. If you have a hill in your yard, you're lucky. If not, walk to the nearest big hill in your neighborhood.

You'll find friends and neighbors enjoying the winter day. Whether you prefer a round disc sled, wooden tobaggan or a fiberglass snowboard, you can find the best sleds for speed at SledRiding.com.

Have a snowball fight. Set up teams or play kids vs. adults. You might need to build snow forts first so you have a refuge from the battle.

Build a snowman. You can work together as a family to make one snowman or let each family member make their own creation. Don't forget charcoal for the eyes and mouth and a carrot nose.

Invite friends to bring their sleds and hold sledding races. See which type of sled is fastest. Learn if it's faster sledding alone or if two people on a sled is faster.

Build a snow igloo. You will find a step-by-step guide at Instructables.com to help you make a snow igloo in your yard using powdery snow. You will need to add a little water to powdery snow for better building.

Teens and 'tweens may enjoy more of a challenge than sledding or snow tubing. Snowboarding is just right for the older kids. Check out the video to learn how to snowboard from a pro.

Younger kids will get cold quickly when playing in the snow. Preschoolers will enjoy building snow angels by lying in the ground and moving arms up and down to create wings.

Young kids may not be comfortable sledding alone. Use a sled that will hold two or more and enjoy family sledding. Hold onto your little ones tightly so they don't fall off.

After the snow fun, come inside and enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows. Hang wet coats and snow pants on a drying rack or over the shower curtain rod to dry.

Snow crafts are fun for kids of all ages. Start with a sheet of blue construction paper. Cut three balls from white paper to make a snowman. Glue cotton balls to the paper to make a snowy background. Add confetti snowflakes or make cut snowflakes from white paper and glue to the paper.

Cut snowflakes from white construction paper. Fold the paper to form a square, cutting off the excess paper. Fold the square into a triangle, then fold several additional times into smaller triangles. Using scissors, cut shapes into the small triangle. When done cutting, open your paper and you'll have a unique snowflake.

When the winter winds blow, take time to enjoy the gift of a snow day. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, a snow day offers fun for all ages.

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