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When you’re a self-employed work-from-home parent, there is no such thing as a snow day. It’s just a day, but with snow. Business still needs to be taken care of. Customers need tended to, phone calls made, databases updated, bids constructed. Whatever you do, it takes plenty of effort and dedication. Even with a mound of snow on the ground. Master data services may help your business run more efficiently, but there’s still going to be leg work. Not a lot of play. Even on a snow day.
While the laboring among us aren’t able to enjoy the accumulating snow, kids look forward to snow days with excitement. That is, until they arrive and there is nothing to do to keep them busy. Especially while mom and/or dad are still working tirelessly. While they may play outside in the snow for a while, it doesn’t take long before they are wondering inside out of the cold and singing a chorus of “I’m bored!”.
For such occasions, these simple ideas to keep kids busy on a snow day will make life a bit easier. And they go beyond just video games and YouTube, though there’s nothing wrong with that as a last resort, either.
Ideas to Keep Kids Busy on a Snow Day
Get all the supplies necessary for a movie marathon. Popcorn, movie snacks, comfy blankets, and Netflix, which is perfect for finding just the right kids shows to keep the little ones busy.
Connect 4, Sorry, and Monopoly are all great board games that will let kids enjoy a bit of friendly competition. A pack of playing cards also has a lot of possibilities, and it’s amazing the games kids can come up with themselves.
Take out the trusty box of kids craft supplies for arts and crafts, which is always a great way to achieve a period of quiet time. It’s also fun to send the kids to hunt for materials from around the house and challenge them to create a winter craft from the supplies they have available. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can break out the paints, too.
Do you remember building a blanket fort as a kid? With a stack of blankets, and maybe some pillows, too, the kids can barricade themselves in their own constructed living room castle or clubhouse. It’s a great way for them to use their imagination.
If you have time and the kids are old enough, let them mix together an easy cookie recipe. Baking a fresh batch of cookies is a yummy way to keep kids busy on a snow day. Warm gooey chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven always raises spirits while also creating great snow day memories, too.
The most important thing is to have a number of fun activities planned and at the ready so you can keep the kids busy while you’re taking care of work business. Then, if you get your tasks done in time, you might be able to enjoy a bit of the day with them, as well.