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Snow Day Activity Box: Fun for Kids, Sanity for Mom!

Putting Together A Snow Day Activity Box

Being that we’ve entered the month of November and the predictions for a snowier-than-usual winter are beginning to spill out from the mouths of moms around me, I decided I’d better get prepared. There’s nothing harder for me, as a stay-at-home mom than suddenly having two kids at home, with nothing to do! Wanting to make my unexpected time with them intentional, I decided I’d make a box of activities to get us through the snow days. After a little thought I came up with the following and thought I’d share it with you, so you too, can get prepared for your kiddos, stay sane, and have fun all at the same time.

While thinking through what would go into the box, I thought about the fact that I wanted things I could do with the kids that would keep their attention and not blow my bank account! I knew I wanted the following activities: a craft, a puzzle, a movie, and a treat to make. I also knew that it all had to be kept nicely in one place so that I could go to it, grab the needed contents from each category and be ready despite the unexpected. I bought enough to get me through 3 or 4 snow days and figure I can add to it as needed and as I come across things that I think would be good for the Snow Day Activity Box. If I truly keep to my rule – that this is only to opened on snow days – it’ll likely get me through the whole winter…well except the snacks, we’ll need more of those for sure. 🙂

Okay, so hot chocolate is not in the picture but you can guarantee that it will be a part of the box and that it will pair well with our Rice Krispy treats, Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Funfetti Cupcakes! 🙂

I found these small Melissa and Doug Velvet art books in the arts and crafts section at Target (think markers and crayons). They have lots to choose from. Being that I wanted to stay at less than $5 for my activities, I thought these were a great buy! Since my kids don’t color all the time, I know they’ll be enthralled with these and the coloring books.

There are so many cute activity books in the magazine/book section at Target. I had my hands on several options and figure I’ll head back there when I need to refill, but loved getting something different. I know this sticker book will keep them entertained for hours.

Puzzles, in my opinion, are so much fun to do with kids. It’s something you can all do together in one place. You can work independently and then put each person’s section together. This particular box has 4 puzzles in it, so we are set on our puzzles for each of our snow days.

Who doesn’t like a good movie on a snow day? This was a must. The great thing about many movie titles these days is the fact that you can get them for $7.99 or less. Admittedly the Barbie Movie was my splurge but otherwise $7.99 or less is what I paid. And hopefully – being that these movies will be kept in the Snow Day Activity Box and only watched on snow days – the kids shouldn’t tire of them too quickly.

And, last but not least, the 27 Qt. Sterilite container to hold everything. What I love about this, is the fact that I’m now ready if and when the unexpected occurs. As I’ve learned during the summers, the days are just easier and more enjoyable for everyone when there is a plan in place. Knowing I have a plan gives me peace of mind and allows me to know our snow days will be fun, memorable days!

I hope this gives you some ideas and will inspire you, too, to make a Snow Day Activity Box for you and your kids! What will be in yours?

Til next time,







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Sue ByesNovember 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Great idea!!!

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