Snow Day Fun
I was babysitting my granddaughter last night while her parents were at a Super Bowl party and was trying to come up with some ideas to keep her entertained.
In my family room I still have a cabinet filled with arts and crafts supplies that my girls used for school projects.
It’s only February, but there’ll still be plenty of snow days off from school before spring finally arrives.
What are some fun ways to spend time together when the weather outside is dreary? There are all kinds of inexpensive ways to spend time with your kids. Reading a story to your young child is a wonderful experience. Listening to music and dancing together is also fun. Another fun activity is building forts with blankets and moving furniture together. Then bring in a flashlight and read a book to your child.
Play dough is also a nice creative way to spend time together. Roll it, mold it and create great works of art. It’s safe and can be used over and over again. You can make your own play dough and make different colors.
Here’s a nifty play dough recipe that I’ve used many times with my own kids.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 cups water
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup cream of tartar
- food coloring (use this to create the colors of your choice)
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air tight container or zip lock bag.
Shaving cream art is also fun and easy. Using a vinyl table cloth or plastic place mats just spray some shaving cream on and let them use like finger paint. I would recommend using the sensitive skin brand of shaving cream.
Another great favorite is collages. You’ll need a few craft supplies such as construction paper, some magazines, Elmer’s glue and safety scissors. You can find deals on craft materials at Create for Less. Have the kids cut out pictures of interest to them and glue them all over the construction paper. Once their project dries hang it proudly on your fridge!
These fun projects are also great for homeschooling moms or daycare moms!
Turn a snow day into a fun and exciting day with your child or grandchild if you’re babysitting while their parents are at work!
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