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Let It Snow: 10 things to do when it snows

Lisa O'Keeffe

18 December 2020

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Facing another snow day with the kids? With schools closed and even more snow predicted, it can be hard to come up with ways to keep the kids entertained, but we’re here to help!

Whether you fancy braving the elements, or prefer to stay inside where it’s nice and warm, here’s our guide for 10 things to do when it snows.

  1. Go sledging

    Sledging is the ultimate snow day activity so it's topping our list of things to do when it snows; head to the local park, find a big hill and sledge your way to the bottom! You can buy sleds from most big supermarkets, or you can get creative by trying to make your own. Bigger kids will love bigger hills to pick up more speed, whilst little ones can get a taste of the action on smaller hills. Why not have a race to see who will win? Just be careful to not crash into other sledgers in action!

    A family sledging in Framfield, East Sussex
    Photo by Zoe Holland 

  2. Build a snowman

    In the famous words of Anna, do you want to build a snowman? Perfect on days when there’s loads of snow, start by rolling snow to create your base. Be sure to pack it in tight so it doesn’t crumble, and keep adding to it to make it as big as you can! Choose whether to have two or three layers, then finish with some accessories. Send the kids off in search of sticks for arms and the perfect carrot nose, before finishing with a scarf. Don’t forget to take a picture!

  3. Make hot chocolate and get cosy at home

    Sometimes the best thing about snow is not having to leave the house and face the cold! Raid the cupboards and whip up some delicious hot chocolates (follow our handy real hot chocolate recipe for ideas), then top with marshmallows for a real treat. Pop in a DVD, load up Netflix and get comfy on the sofa with loads of blankets to keep warm. You could even try building a mini fort using blankets – it’s the perfect way to weather the snow storm.

    Real hot chocolate recipe

  4. Do some arts and crafts

    Another great thing to do on a snowy day inside the house is to get creative with some arts and crafts for kids. Our blog is packed full of ideas, from dinosaur gardens  to toilet roll creatures and rescuing toys from ice – perfect during this big chill!

    A toy trapped in ice is a great activity for kids

  5. Snow painting

    You’ve all heard the saying ‘don’t eat yellow snow’, but why not have a go at creating some yourself using food colouring? Fill a spray bottle with cold water (hot water will melt the snow!) and add in a few drops of food colouring. Then, let your kids loose to create a snow masterpiece that’s perfectly safe. Make as many colours as you like and see what they can come up with! 

  6. Make snow angels

    You’ve been sledging, built a snowman, thrown some snowballs and the kids are still snow-obsessed. Well, the fun things to do on a snow day don't end there! Time to get messy and make snow angels. Be sure they kids are wearing waterproofs for this one, as they’ll need to lie down on their back, before moving their arms and legs out to create angels. Turn it into a learning activity by measuring and comparing sizes – let’s just hope they continue to be little angels when they head back inside!

  7. Watch bubbles freeze

    This is another great way to add some science fun into your snow day activities list, as you put the freezing point of water to the test! Pick up a tube of bubbles (or dish soap), and gently blow bubbles, before catching them on the blower. You’ll need to make sure you’re sheltered from any wind and that it is actually below freezing for it to work! Give it a minute or so and you should see the solution start to freeze – try filming it in slow motion for an even closer look! This is the author's favourite thing to do when it snows.

    A froze bubble on snow

  8. Make homemade playdough

    Ran out of playdough for your creative snowy day activities? No need to go outside, you can make some yourself! All you need is some cornstarch, some conditioner and some food colouring, and you can whip up your very own playdough at home! Get a big mixing bowl and pour in cornstarch (imagine how much playdough you want to end up with to get an idea of quantities). Add conditioner and mix together, you may need to add more conditioner as you go to get the right consistency – it should be very pliable and very smooth. Add a few drops of food colouring to give it a bit of vibrancy, and you’re all set!

  9. Get baking

    It can’t just be me that instantly wants to eat more when the weather’s this cold, so cold winter days are the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and get baking. If making sweet treats is one of your favourite things to do on a snowy day inside, we’ve got loads of ideas on our blog, why not try this easy peasy lemon drizzle cake?

    Tasty blueberry and banana muffins

  10. Plan a dream list of days out to visit this year

    Let's bring our list of things to do when it snows to a close by dreaming of family adventures in the year ahead. This wintery weather may well have ruined plans to visit your favourite attractions this weekend, but why not spend the time planning a whole year of adventures instead? You’ll find over 6,000 attractions on our site, helping you to plan for days out near home and further afield. Get the kids involved and plan your dream days out list – let us know which ones you’re most looking forward to visiting!



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