The following is by editor Kara Fleck.
The weatherman told us this week that 49 of the 50 U.S. states have snow. Chances are, if you are living in an area that doesn’t currently have a snowy forecast, you’re dealing with gray skies and unfriendly weather, or perhaps are just in the mid-January dull-drums.
Maybe you’ve been snowed in for most of the week and are running short on ideas and inspiration. What can be done to shake up an ordinary winter day?
I have gathered up a few ideas for you today that involve being a little bit silly, doing things that are unexpected, and that hopefully will be a lot of fun on these January snow days.
Winter Fun: the Unexpected
Have an Indoor Picnic – Sometimes what we need is a change in perspective, doing something familiar in a new way. Spread a tablecloth on the floor and have dinner together tonight as an indoor picnic. I’m planning to set up my family with dinner in front of the fireplace in the living room (the warmest room in our house right now).
Mix Up the Seasons – Wear your Hawaiian printed shirts (perhaps over your long underwear?), break out summer’s fancy drink umbrellas and swirly straws, make cocoa popsicles, cuddle up with a few beach towels during story time, let the kids play with the sandbox shovel and pail in the bathtub tonight (if you live at my house, you might want to make sure they aren’t still sandy first), camp out in the living room.
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Look Up – Bundle up some evening before bedtime and head outside. The night skies in Winter are some of my very favorite. At our house, we like to take out a few heavy blankets, a thermos of cocoa, and sit on the porch swing with our Glow in the Dark Night Time Sky book (I see on Amazon that this book is out of print, but there are used copies available. Check your local library, too.)
Snow Creations – I shared with you last week about our family’s Snowman Kits. But, don’t limit yourselves to just snow people. What about creating a snow garden? Miniature snow village? I saw on our local news this week that someone had created a giant snow polar bear. You could create a whole snow zoo!
My daughter Lucy, in the top photo, would want me to tell you that you absolutely must have a snowball fight, too. We set up a target in the backyard this week and had a good time seeing who had the best snowball throwing aim and from what distance.
Before we know it, and perhaps not a moment too soon, this January snow will have melted. Spring is around the corner, ready to treat us to some sunshine and flowers. But, in the meantime, my kids and I plan on getting every ounce of unexpected fun out of winter that we can.
How about you?
How are you shaking up these mid-January snow days?