Updated: Jan 21, 2022
The secret's out of the bag. We’re praying for some snow and we want to be ready for it. Even when the forecast calls for snow, we usually have no idea if it will be enough to cancel school or the drive into the office. Really, we don’t know if we’ll get anything at all until it’s here. Spontaneity is the hardest part about a snow day, so the best thing to do is to plan ahead!
This got us thinking about our favorite snow day memories from our childhood and what a snow day looks like in adulthood. Really they don’t look too different, but we’re big kids at heart!
Starting with our favorite childhood memory, and probably a lot of our cousins favorite, is when our grandmother would make snow cream! She would have us take her biggest pots and place them outside on top of the picnic table and the playset. Once they were filled we’d bring them in and our grandmother would scrape off the top layers to get to the clean snow. No one knows her recipe, but we’d like to recreate it once science tells us if the snow will be okay to eat, given the pollution levels! If it's not, maybe we can experiment with some shaved ice!
Besides eating snow cream, we’ve made so many other snow day memories. We started reminiscing and put together a snow day stock list and a snow day activities list for you below!
Top 10 Snow Day Stock List
1. Hot Chocolate - We recently went to a friend’s wedding and were introduced to hot chocolate w/crushed oreos. It’s a game changer and a must try if you’ve neve experienced it. We also prefer making our own hot chocolate using Hershey’s cocoa powder and the recipe they provide! Or if you only have cocoa packets and some leftover chocolates, add them for a richer flavor.
2. Basic baking ingredients - Such as, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, extracts, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Most likely you will already have the majority of these, but it doesn’t hurt to double check before your next grocery run. If you want to go a little beyond the basics, we also like to keep cream cheese on hand.
3. Food coloring and spray bottles - Hit the dollar tree and grab some spray bottles. When the snow arrives, add some color and water to the spray bottles and let the snow be your canvas!
4. A sled - They make them in all sizes for a reason. #innerchild
5. Home spa materials - face masks, foot bath, body scrubs
6. Wintry Candles- Night time usually triggers our desire to burn candles, but snowdays call for daytime candles. They add an extra coziness throughout the day.
7. Snowman kit - carrots, raisins, old buttons, gloves, and hat etc. They even sell kits on Amazon, but we recommend saving money and using what you have!
8. Winter themed movies - The movie choices depend on who's watching, but we think The Chronicles of Narnia movies are great for all ages and keep us adults entertained if needing something kid friendly!
9. New Board Games - It may be a good idea to buy a new game and store it for the next snow day!
10. Books -So many options these days to read alone, outloud to your kids, or listen to audible books as a family! Youtube is a great, free resource for audible and visual books.
Top Snow Day Activities
If trying to entertain the kids, set times during the day for activities!
Drink hot chocolate or hot cider
Build a snow fort/igloo
Build a snowman
Build a indoor blanket fort
Go to the park (if you’re lucky you’ll be the first to slide down the snow covered slides)
Watch winter movies
Make edible playdough
Walk neighbors a treat
We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and that you found it helpful when you find yourself snowed in! We also want to add, it's also okay to just do nothing!
Let us know in the comments what you plan to do during your next snow day!
Need something to make? Check out our free recipes online or purchase our Winter Cookbook!