This weekend cold and snow hit Denver. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers; Highs around 17 lows 4. Sunday will warm up with highs around 20 lows around 4; Chance of snow 20 percent. It is not so much the snow but the cold that will keep children indoors.
Winter weekend weather can be a challenge for parents; cold, dark and snowy. Active children love to run and play outdoors, but when the weather conditions limit their outdoor activities children tend to get antsy.
Although, children do need to learn that it is not the weather that makes them moody, it is their attitude toward the weather. A special plan for when the weather is tempestuous will be a colossal advantage to both parents and children.
Special treats and activities that are enjoyed only on snowy days pass the hours pleasantly while your children are cooped up indoors.
Create a snowy day box which is filled with treasures and inspirations to occupy children. Special paper, glitter, paint, crayons, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, craft books, all the elements you already have in your household. (See slide show for more ideas!) Put them together in your snowy day box. The secret is your child can only use the box on snowy days and there can be no exceptions.
Now for their treats:
In your kitchen, think about some treats that are stored high only to be used on your snowy days: -Chocolate chips for cookies.-coco mix. -Tuck a box of pre-packaged pizza mix. Anything that has a bit of a shelf life or that you can freeze.
Snowy day Peanut Butter Clay: (Only to be made during snowy weekends.)
1 cup of peanut butter ½ cup of honey 1 ½ cups instant dry milk Bowl & Spoon Procedure : 1. Mix the peanut butter and honey.
2. Add the dry milk a bit at a time.
3. Thoroughly mix and refrigerate until firm.
4. Mold on a waxed paper surface, and then eat creation!
The key to a “snowy day” box or activity is that you limit when they may be used to only that particular time, on stormy days. The activities become special; unique your children look forward to them. Snowy days become creative days.