Snow day fun: Activities to keep children occupied

Columbia - The StateJanuary 28, 2014 



For those of us who are more used to humidity than snowflakes, consecutive snow days may cause a bit of cabin fever. Here are some ideas to keep the mood light and fluffy:

Paint the snow: Put water with food coloring in a spray bottle and let kids paint' the snow

Make snow ice cream.

Here's the recipe


8 cups clean, fresh snow (or shaved ice)

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Place snow or shaved ice into a large bowl.

2. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in bowls. -- By Paula Deen, adapted from Food Network


2 cups milk

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon powdered instant coffee

1 gallon clean, fresh snow

1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and instant coffee until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.

2. Place the snow into a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over the snow. With a large spoon, stir until the snow ice cream is thoroughly combined. Serve immediately. -- Adapted from

Make melted snow art with water colors and snow. Find instructions here

Make snow play dough with flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, water and glitter. Find the recipe here

Check out these indoor games using masking tape, like hop scotch, bowling, tic-tac-toe and the long jump. Find instructions here.


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