Few things excite kids more than waking up to a winter wonderland, especially when school is closed for the day! So when mother nature leaves a blanket of white outside, be ready for winter fun.
School snow days are a welcomed gift for kids, and even better if you can take a break, too. Stepping away from the daily grind allows everyone a chance to relax and recharge. And being able to sleep in is one benefit, but the kids will likely be too excited to go back to bed. They’ll have activities like cartoon marathons and video games on their agenda, but snow time is clearly the main event.
Have the whole family take advantage of the snowfall with healthy outdoor fun. Added benefits are fresh air and great exercise for everyone. If you aren’t able to make it to the slopes, there’s still plenty to enjoy in your backyard or neighborhood. Bundle everyone up in snowy weather essentials like coats, hats, gloves, and boots and head outdoors. If the temperature and wind chill are frigid, set limits on when to come inside to warm up.
Building snowmen, sledding, and snowball fights are classic winter activities for a reason. You can also try these ideas to keep everyone moving and having fun on a school snow day:
- Construct snow castles using beach buckets
- Play Freeze Tag
- Use summer season bubbles and wands to create winter bubble magic
- Try Snow Limbo – use a broom handle, pool noodle, or another item as the limbo bar
- Create a snow maze with turns and bends to run or sled through
- Shovel the sidewalks and driveway (wishful thinking with little ones)
A snow day is a great family bonding experience, so don’t allow a winter sunburn to ruin your snow memories. Did you know that more than 80 percent of UV rays bounce off of snow, sand, and water and that UV rays can pass through clouds? With UV rays hitting you from above and below, you’ll need to protect exposed skin and eyes from sun damage.
Thankfully, most skin is covered when you’re out enjoying the snow, so applying sunscreen is easy peasy. Choose a full-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for faces, ears, and necks. Generously apply sunscreen underneath the chin and nose as well. These areas are vulnerable to UV rays reflected off of the snow.
Wrists are also commonly overlooked. When you’re actively moving and stretching, your gloves may not be long enough to keep your wrists covered. Eye protection is vital too. Choose sunglasses with a 100% UVA/UVB label in a wraparound style for both adults and kids. Little ones may benefit from a strap to help keep sunglasses in place. Add lip balm with SPF 30 or higher and you’re ready for the chilly outdoors.
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Be sure to take a break from shoveling and work-related phone calls to enjoy snow time and connect with your kids. They’re only young for a short time so create those special snow day memories and take some great photos. As the day winds down, sip cocoa, watch the gorgeous sunset, and end the evening with a family movie.