Our family decided to take an Early American history tour this winter, so we’ve spent the better part of January on the East Coast. Our travels put us in northern Virginia when “historic blizzard” Juno hit New England.
We were far enough north that we got a little snow, but not so far that the driving was any more treacherous that usual.
But the views have been lovely! It’s been years since we’ve seen that much snow at home.
We get snow so infrequently in Texas, in fact, that we celebrate anytime it shows up. Here are some of our family’s favorite ways to make snow days memorable.
9 Fun Things to Do When It Snows:
Take lots of pictures
… especially when the snow is new and undisturbed. Tiptoe around from the back, so your footprints won’t show.
Cookie sheets, pieces of cardboard, and skateboards with the wheels removed make good makeshift sleds in a pinch.
Bundle up warm and take a walk
Go as a family. Hold hands and don’t fall!
Build a snowman
Better yet, make a whole family of snowmen!
Stage a snowball fight
Divide into teams: Girls against the boys? Mom and Dad against the kids? But don’t forget the first rule of combat… no throwing snow in other’s faces!
Make snow ice cream
Gather clean snow in a bowl and top with a mixture of 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and 2 cups of milk (plain or chocolate). Yum!
Put blankets in the dryer before going outdoors
When you come back in, you can wrap up in them and get warm fast. My mother always had a warm, fluffy blanket ready for me whenever I came in from playing in the snow as a young girl. I loved it — and I loved her for thinking ahead!
Build a roaring fire in the fireplace
Relax around it for story time, once you are all exhausted from play.
Tank up on something warm
Drink plenty of hot cocoa or steaming apple cider to warm yourself from the inside out.
More fun things to do when it snows:
Want more inspiration? Check out the following posts and pages for an avalanche of snow-themed ideas and activities, plus lots of wonderful wintery white photos.
Snowy Books to Warm Your Heart – 12 snow-filled picture books your children will love
Winter-Themed Activity Pages – use these free printables to keep your kids learning, even on snow days
50 Things to Do for Winter Fun – download our bucket list and make great family memories all winter long
All Things Winter – visit my “Let It Snow” board on Pinterest for even more frosty fun
Winter Learning – Find more fun and educational ideas for colder months on the Timberdoodle Winter Blog Hop