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Staying in on a snow day means kids need something to do.
Boredom always begets grumbling so planning ahead can be helpful.
For younger children, arts and craft projects might be a good way to go.
Linda Johnson worked at the Hardin County Public Library for 20 years. Throughout those years, she planned many story hours centered on books and themes, some of those snow and winter themed.
Her ideas often started with a book and then branched out to activities based on that book’s theme.
Johnson has other activities not tied to books. They include counting snowballs or snowflakes, making snow cream, cutting out shapes and making snowmen, trains or igloos and drawing a picture of something wintry that’s glued to cardstock then cut into pieces for a homemade puzzle.
Other ideas include snowball fights with cotton balls or socks, building a pretend snowman, sleds made out of popsicle sticks, tracing hands to make a moose or reindeer, making a wreath with a plate tissue paper and other items, decorating old’ CD’s with pictures, sequins or glitter and aluminum foil used for to make winter or ice skating scenes.
Johnson also suggested making up winter stories or using a favorite story to create a play and dress up for tea parties or dancing.
For teens, who probably won’t be up until noon, other activities might work. Pulling out the family board games are an option. Baking cookies is always a fun way to pass a snow day as is a family movie fest. Trilogies or movies with sequels are often good for a relaxing snow day.
A Facebook poll offered some snow day movie suggestions.
April Winebarger likes anything Disney, especially “Pocahontas”, “Tangled” or “The Lion King.”
Many people liked the idea of watching films with sequels.
Remembering a snow day of her youth, Felicia Harry said she put on a pot of soup, ate popcorn and watched the “Anne of Green Gables” series all day long.
Neil Howey is also a fan of movies in multiple. He mentioned trilogies such as “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Rocky.”
Other people suggested pulling out the Christmas movies such as “White Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Muppets Christmas Carol.”
And girls, they like watching chick flicks, some said.
Crafts, baking and movies should fill a snow day with fun.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.