12 Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy On A Snowy Day

by Destri on February 2, 2011

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Baby, it is cold outside.  No really, I have been freezing all day, and I think when I am finished here I may have to go hop in the tub to warm my bones!  Before I go I wanted to give you some fun ideas to keep the kids entertained when they’re all cooped up.  All of these ideas are simple, requiring only things most people have around their house, have fun!

12 Ideas For A Snowy and Rainy No Good Rotten Cold Day

Turn a picture of them into a coloring page, print, and add crayons.

Have fun with snail mail, seriously our favorite activity!

Have a tea party. They’re the best.

Bundle up the kids and make some snow Valentines.

Got milk?  Make some rainbows!

Paint with marbles, were doing this when the kiddos wake up.

Marshmallows + toothpicks = at least an hour of entertainment.

Get out some books, pile on the floor and read.  I know, novel idea…but sometimes we need reminding, no?

Everyone has junk mail, why not let the kids play with it?

This list, oh it’s golden!  I have called on it many a times.  Great great ideas!

Hey, it’s Ground Hog Day! Why not have fun with it!

I was just doing this with my kids last night, and they were fascinated!  Then I found this post, I had no idea it was called Japanese paper cutting. Seriously, they think it’s magic!

Looking for more? We have another great list with 14 more ideas to keep them busy on a rainy/snowy day requiring only simple things you have around the home.

All right, that should keep them busy for at least a couple days, now I am heading for the tub…burrrrrr!

Anything you would like to add to the list?  Do share, links welcome!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle February 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I still have Sam’s first marble painting, Destri. It’s framed and everything! :)


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Oh Michelle, would you add it to our flickr pool? I know you are totally cool like that :) It would make my day!


Jen February 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for adding the Groundhog Day link :)


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Seriously my dear, you have the funnest ideas. It was a pleasure!


brittany February 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

yesterday we did your salt art and we made magic with water and vinegar. such fun ideas! these new ideas will be great for our second snow day in a row. thanks!


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Brittany! So fun to see you here! I have always been a fan :) If you do the flickr thing, we would love to see pics! We are trying to get it up and going so we can start sharing. I need to email you about a bullet list, I have been meaning to for ages!

Thanks so much for letting us know


Admitted Fabricaholic February 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

seriously, you are amazing. I just throw cheerios at my kids all day and tell them to knock themselves out. Lol – JUST KIDDING! But you are just so creative, I am so impressed!


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

You crack me up! Though I have to say, my kids would love the whole cherrios bit :)


Tina February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

AHHHH! I needed this today! THANK YOU!


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Snow days! Wahoo!


Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids February 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

The marshmallow and milk activities have been on my to-do for too long – thanks for all the other great ideas!


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The milk one is by far one of my kids favorite. And so easy. If you look in the comments on that post someone left a comment on why it does it and a fun way to use a bread bag tag with the same idea, equally as cool :)


Erin @ Letter Soup February 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I love every idea on this list! The junk mail idea is genius. And my kids go nuts for toothpicks and marshmallows! Thank you!
Here’s a similar list I made in Dec: http://lettersoupblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/what-can-i-do.html


Destri February 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Erin, awesome ideas! See, now I can just bookmark that list and share it later. Thanks so much for sharing!


vanessa @ silly eagle books February 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

destri, we needed this list today! When will spring get here?! :)

Thanks for the link! I think we’ll be making rainbows in our milk tomorrow morning.


Destri February 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

You’re welcome, I only wish we had snow here to try it out! Let me know how the milk rainbows go too!


Sarah February 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Hi! Thanks for sharing!! I linked to this post on my blog yesterday!!


pink and green mama February 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Great List and so many fun ideas that are our favorites too!!

WE love marble painting, marshmallow structures, and rainbow milk fireworks!!!

pink and green mama,


Jaimie February 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Thanks for this list! It seems like EVERY day is a snow day in Wisconsin!


nan May 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

marble painting: pls explain. what parts needed?


Destri May 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

Here’s the full post on it Nan!


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