Not ANOTHER Snow Day!

Snow in Atlanta is NO JOKE.

We cannot handle it.

We freak out and close everything (in a timely fashion, however, is another topic).

Over the past 2 weeks Kid #1 had 5 snow days and Kid #2 had 4…and Kid #2’s school was on break the first week. Kid #1 was grounded from TV and video games. It was rough.

Apparently we have lost our minds around here #SnowDay #Atlanta WHERE IS THE SNOW!?!?

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So mama had to get creative and attacked Pinterest for all sorts of activities that would hopefully occupy them long enough for me to work. That didn’t really happen as you may have noticed. Here are my 7 favorite activities that we did over the past 2 weeks in case you are still stuck with some (okay, a lot) of snow.

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  1) Homemade Clay – Recipe from: Busy Bee Kids Crafts

 

We moved on to homemade clay and cookie cutters! #SnowDay #Atlanta

 

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• 1 box baking soda (about 2 cups)
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 11/2 cups water
• Sauce pan
• Bowl
• Spoon

Step 1 – Add all ingredients to your saucepan and cook over a medium heat until thick and, well, claylike. Be sure to stir constantly to to prevent burning.

Step 2 – Remove the clay from pan and place in a bowl to cool. The recipe suggests 15 minutes, but I may have waited 30. I made the clay before lunch and made the big kids wait until after lunch and until Kid #3 was down for his nap. This also ensured that it was very cool…we have occasional temperature issues around here.

Step 3 – Kneed the dough before passing out. The recipe makes enough for 5 good “portions” so that everyone had enough dough to play with. I gave each kid their dough on a cookie sheet or plastic cutting board to help minimize the mess. I also gave them smooth cups for rolling pins, cookie cutters, and a bunch of toothpicks and told them to have fun. I also got into the fun and made snowflakes with our initials and a mini snowman.

When Kid #3 woke up I let him play with the clay…perhaps 3.5 is too young for this (or maybe it’s just my kid). He was flinging clay all over my kitchen. THAT was fun to clean up.

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 2) Homemade Paint – Recipe from: Mama OT

This is absolutely the EASIEST homemade paint recipe I have ever seen…equal parts flour and water then add some food coloring. Done! Mama OT does point out (and I agree) that it is grainy and not really good for “serious” and detailed art, but it got the job done.

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When I mixed ours up I gave the kids the option of paint brushes of using their fingers…shockingly both of the big kids chose to use the brushes…at first. (Again this was a Kid #3 naptime activity)

I divided the paint up into jello shot cups with lids (classy) so that we didn’t have to share.

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Kid #1 really likes doing landscapes. I believe that this is him at the beach. Probably fighting a monster of some sort.

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I have no clue what Eliza painted, except for the multicolored sun in the corner.

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3) PLAY IN THE SNOW!

I’m not going to lie. I have to be in a certain mood to actually want to play in the snow.

8am is not that time.

But we did it on the first snow day. We put together the best snow outfits that we could (No gloves could be found! Where did all of the hats go? But, hey, we have some boots!) and out we went.

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The kids promptly started screaming, eating snowflakes, throwing snowballs, and making snow angels. Our itty bitty back yard quickly turned into a mud pile. YUM!

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The second snow storm was much more impressive, but we were busy building snowmen and riding the neighbors’ sleds and didn’t take pictures! I was even able to locate gloves for all 3 kids for our second round of snow fun. My hands were kept warm with mismatched socks. The neighbors LOVED that!

4) Hot Cocoa! – Recipe from: Alton Brown at Food Network

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Hot water

For my kids I switched out the cayenne for a mini candy cane, but this recipe was perfect! I used a scoop or two of the powdered mix and then added the water for each cup. Smooth and chocolatey!

Not ANOTHER Snow Day! 7 Activities to keep your kids entertained - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com5) Cosmic Kids Yoga

I do not do yoga. In fact, I don’t work out. but these kids needed to get out some energy and I stumbled upon a friend’s Facebook post of her kids doing yoga from a channel on YouTube. I was ALL OVER IT.

So were they!

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 Disclaimer: My living room is NEVER this clean…I don’t know how that happened.

There is even a Star Wars episode, so I decided that since the videos were exercise I would make an exception to the no TV rule for Kid #1. I was grasping at straws here.Not ANOTHER Snow Day! 7 Activities to keep your kids entertained - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

I am really impressed with the entire program. Cosmic Kids Yoga also has full lessons and training courses so that you can learn how to teach kids yoga! Maybe if I do some kids yoga teacher training, I will be more motivated to actually do yoga myself! Probably not.

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6) Learning to code – Code.org

Okay, so this AWESOME activity started after the snow, but it was the weekend and there was still a snowball in our yard.

My husband found this website so that Kid #1 could start learning the basics of computer programing and it is so cool! The website is right on the edge of his grounding, but our defenses are wearing thin and we figured it was educational.

There a ton of guided lessons and even feature the ever popular Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame. I am pretty impressed by how much he has been able to pick up in a few short lessons on the site.

7) Nick Jr Website 

We hit the point in the week were I realized that after about 10:30am each day I wasn’t going to be abele to get anything done on the computer and Kid #2 was DONE watching TV by the start of week 2. I let her play some games on the Nick Jr website and I am so glad that I did. She loves it (and Kid #3 loves watching her play). Sure, it is still a screen, but at least she is using her brain to figure out the different games.

And it sure beat listening to her sing all of the songs from Rainbow Rocks at the top of her lungs.

She is going to be an AWESOME tween. *eye twitch*



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7 Activities to keep your kids entertained during a snow day, school break, or even a random weekend and with a forecast like this, I might need them again!

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22 Comments

  1. Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

    Luckily, we have no snow days down here in Florida! But there are some days where it rains all day. This is a great list of activities. I’d never seen the coding site before- that’s neat!

    • mrsdmeeks

      We have had WAY more snow days in Georgia that we thought when we moved here!

      The coding website is amazing! He has made so many cool little programs already 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      Ha!! It was out of desperation 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Kirsten

    I am all about the code website and the yoga website! I have too many snow days and days off school here in Chicago. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas! Stay warm. Spring is right around the corner (right?).

    • mrsdmeeks

      These sites are AWESOME! I hope they help you pass all of the crazy snow days you guys are having.

  3. BritishMumUSA

    You are a brilliant mom….. Love the cosmic yoga, but is that it as far as snow???? I live North of Chicago? Ok, here’s to ou not getting anymore snow days 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      Haha That was all we go the first week, but the second week there was a good bit…a couple of inches at least 🙂 But not to worry, temps were pushing 70 yesterday and it was lovely 🙂

        • BritishMumUSA

          You and I are right next to each other on the SitsGirls ShareFest today….. Hey buddy!!!! 🙂

  4. upliftingfam

    I am in DFW, TX and we have had four snow/ice days as well in the past two weeks. It is funny how we didn’t get anything until Feb/March. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I love all the snow ideas.

    • mrsdmeeks

      HA! It is so weird that the “winter” weather took so long to get here! I think that we are going to be in the steady 50s+ soon, so I am excited! There’s a reason I moved to the South!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week!

  5. mommyinsports

    And you said you’re not a mom blogger?! I loved this and wish we had snow…hope you are staying warm!

    • mrsdmeeks

      HA! I *try* not to be…but they were the only source material I had 🙂 I think that this was the end of our winter and I look forward to the warm up which looks like we are getting this week!

      Have a GREAT weekend!

  6. Lauren

    These are great ideas. I really want to try out that clay. And the yoga!

    • mrsdmeeks

      I think that the clay and the yoga were my favorites! Warning: The clay can take 2-3 days to dry depending on how thick the creation is 🙂

      Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

  7. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    What awesome activities. You kept those kids busy!

    Learning to code is awesome!!! I wish I had those sorts of opportunities when I was younger (mind you a computer that was the size of a room contained the power of a smartphone LOL).

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • mrsdmeeks

      The coding is super cool! I love that at 7 he is already learning stuff like that…and loves it! He also spent part of the 2 weeks using tools to take things apart (watches, old toys, etc.) I might have an engineer on my hands!

      Have a GREAT weekend!

    • mrsdmeeks

      🙂 We had a good time…even if I wanted to pull my hair out LOL

      Have an awesome weekend!

  8. plaguedparents

    So creative! Thank you for sharing these great ideas and your beautiful photos!

    • mrsdmeeks

      I’m glad you liked them!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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