If you live on the East Coast, you may be bracing for the first snow day of 2013. If your kids will be home from school because of the snow, you may be looking for fun activities.
Start with an online snow day calculator, which predicts your child's chances of having a snow day, based on your zip code.
Playing in the snow is at the top of the list of how kids like to spend the day. Whether they are building snow forts, having snowball fights or sledding, kids love snow.
Some moms make snow cream when it snows. Here's a simple recipe from AllRecipes.com for snow ice cream.
Snow Ice Cream
Place a large, clean bowl outside when it starts to snow and collect 1 gallon of snow. Add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix. Stir in 2 cups of milk, until snow cream is the proper consistency. Serve at once and enjoy.
Some kids like to eat snow just the way it comes down, eating snow by the handful. Other kids love making snowballs to use as weapons against their brothers and sisters.
Take a lot of photos when your kids are outside in the snow and you can make a digital scrapbook or Facebook photo album to share with family and friends.
You can print out copies of your favorite photos and make a snow day collage for the fridge or make one for each of the kids to hang in their bedrooms.
Let the kids take turns with the snow shovel while they are outside. Many hands make the job go faster and the driveway or sidewalk will be clear in no time at all. The kids will feel good about helping, too.
The Apples 4 the Teacher website offers a lot of fun craft ideas, including many winter crafts. Most of the crafts use items you have around the house.
A game day marathon is a great way to spend a snowy afternoon after the kids come indoors. Pull out all of your favorite family board games and play each one. Monopoly, Candyland, Life and Chutes and Ladders are some favorite classic board games.
Make hot cocoa to warm everyone up. You can heat milk in mugs in the microwave or in a pot on the stove and stir in chocolate syrup if you don't have packs of hot cocoa mix handy.
Whether you're a parent staying home from work, a grandparent who will host the kids on a snow day or a day care provider, these snow day tips will help the kids have a great time on the next snow day.