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5 of My Favorite Snow Day Activities

Updated: Dec 19, 2019



I have a confession... I LOVE the snow!


It's so beautiful, so fresh, so pure looking. It immediately changes your familiar yard to a white-washed fantasy land. It's exciting, it's energizing!


But, I don't like being in the snow, at least not as much as my kids do. Sometimes it's just too cold, too wet, or too windy for my taste. Even when I enjoy being out there, we can't very well stay out there all day. Living in Utah has provided me many a snowy day, where I am forced to find things to do with my children, INSIDE, or go mad.


Here are a few of my favorite indoor, cold day activities. Mind you, I am an artsy person, so all of these will be too (plus, you know, this is an art blog). These are the kind of activities that might be a perfect way to wind down AFTER sledding or snowman-building.



1. Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

I LOVE this craft, so much that I make them with my kids every year. These ornaments smell amazing, and continue to scent my Christmas storage bin every year I put them away. Who doesn't love cinnamon!


Supplies


1 c cinnamon 1 c applesauce

parchment paper cookie cutters


*Optional - ribbon, puffy fabric paint, glitter


Instructions


Begin by letting your kids mix the applesauce and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl. The recommended amount is a good starting place for a small family of maybe 4, but multiply the recipe if your group is larger. Sprinkle cinnamon onto parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten your dough to roughly 1/2" thickness (use more cinnamon on the rolling pin and hands if the dough is too sticky). Let the kids use cookie cutters to make shapes in the dough, moving the shapes onto another piece of parchment paper for baking.


*Tip* Use a pointy object such as a pencil or toothpick to create a hole on each ornament for the ribbon or string.


Bake the ornaments at 200 degrees, or allow to air dry for 1-2 days (depending on your climate). After they are dry, help the children string ribbons or hemp string through the holes.


*Optional* Make the ornaments really stand out by adding strips of fabric, puffy fabric paint, or glitter!


These ornaments smell great and are taste-safe, but do not allow your children to taste them after the drying process. They smell better than they taste, anyway ;).



2. Fake Snow


This activity is SO easy, and leaves the room smelling nice!


Supplies


1 c baking soda 1 c cornstarch

*shaving cream or hair conditioner