Old man Winter is in full effect and for some of the states, he’s bringing along his friend winter storm Harper. If you’re an adult, dreams of Netflix and cozy blankets dance in your head. If you’re an adult with children in your care, those thoughts are merely a dream. It’s cold outside and you’re wondering what to do inside...we’ve got you covered.
Here’s 5 simple electronics-free snow day activities that are some of all time favorites and Nanny Nod approved.
1.) Make a fort! This super nostalgic activity is fun and uses a lot of imagination. Whether they’re teens who want to nap in it or littles who are hiding out from the Abominable Snowman (played by you!) it’s proven to be a well received option for the day.
2.) Dance party! I can’t lie, dance parties are one of my favorite activities...in general...as both a nanny and as a human. I mean, have you seen my robot? I mean c’mon!!! I often crank up one of my playlists and dance with my little humans to songs ranging from the infamous Baby Shark to Shawn Mendez Lost in Japan. Versatility is key!
3.) A scavenger hunt is appropriate for all ages though you may have to throw in harder clues for teens, as they’re often not easily amused. Bonus points to the adult if they can make those clues lead to another activity on this list.
4.) Give the kitchen a little quality time by baking, making a big breakfast or even making breakfast for dinner. You can spice things up by pretending you’re a top tier restaurant. Create a name, signs and a menu for your 3-5 course meal.
5.) Arts and crafts. Here’s some of our favorites: homemade playdoh, paper snowflakes, ice lanterns, create a play, ring toss made of paper plates and a paper towel ring, DIY sock puppets, finger painting, board and card games (UNO still my #1), snow painting (in a bin) and lastly DIY slime.
If you completed this entire list, you have more than earned yourself a kid free screening of Netflix’s Birdbox once they head to sleep. MORE than earned.