Snowed in? Here's something to do
Posted January 30, 2010 8:28 a.m. EST
Updated January 30, 2010 8:37 a.m. EST
It's snowy, icy and the kids are done playing in the snow ... if you made it out there at all.
What to do?
Eat snow. Or at least make it into a tasty treat. Check out recipes for snow cream in the link in the box to the left.
Impress the kids with your knowledge about all things snow. The National Snow and Ice Data Center has all kinds of interesting facts (like I'm from one of the snowiest cities in the nation - Syracuse, N.Y. - but I could have told you that).
Make a craft. You'll find a load of snow-related craft ideas, activities and more at this website. Or turn it into a learning opportunity. How much water is in snow? Let your kids find out by trying this experiment.
Take the kids down memory lane. I'm guessing that perhaps, you've seen about all you can handle of The Wiggles, Spongebob and whichever princess the kids are into now. Why not show them some of your own kid favorites? I'm talking Fraggle Rock, the Muppets, Electric Company (the first one), School House Rock. YouTube is full of it.
Skip the powdered cocoa mix and make the real thing. I love the recipe from Real Simple that calls for just milk and chocolate chips.
Stay safe. Heed the advice of professionals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some winter weather tips and advice.
And get the kids to get out there if it isn't too icy. Take full advantage of the wintry weather because we really don't get it that often. Plus, they'll be even more exhausted and ready for bed by the end of the day.