If you live in an area where it snows, now is the time to start planning for your kids snow-day activities. This year, why not get some toys and supplies handy that your kids can use in the snow? As a parent of four children, over the years we’ve found a variety of items that kids can use to play in the snow. Following are some ideas for making a snow day box for kids.
In addition to extra cold-weather gear, such as snow pants, hats and scarves, you will want to have an extra pair of waterproof gloves available for your kids when they play in the snow. After some time of snow play, gloves will get wet and uncomfortable.
The Snow Day Box for Kids – the Box. When making a snow day box for kids, you will want to start with a large plastic tote. This tote may or may not have a lid depending on where you will store it when not in use. I don’t use a lid on ours, as we keep it near the door throughout the colder months, then just slide it in the closet during warmer months.
Tools for Creative Play. There are many items your kids can play with in the snow. Small plastic gardening tools make great toys for playing in the snow. Hand shovels can be used to make small hills, hoes can smooth out special “roads” and rakes can make grooved lines. Plastic kids gardening tools makes an inexpensive addition to the snow day box for your kids.
Snow Forts, Snow Walls…Snow Ball Fights! Snow forts and walls are great for hiding behind during snow ball fights. There are plastic molds you can get at some toy stores for this purpose, but why spend so much? You can use inexpensive bread pans for the same purpose. Depending on the consistency of the snow, the snow may get stuck inside the pans. In this case, you can lightly spray the inside of the pan with spray oil with every few “bricks” that are made. Be sure to throw your child’s gloves in the laundry afterward.
Castles in the Snow. You can use other older or unused kitchen items in a snow day box for your kids as well. Cake pans, bowls and cups can be used to make all kinds of snow shapes to make snow castle. Add to the scene with plastic figures such as animals or army figures available at most dollar stores.
Snow Characters. Don’t forget about snowmen when making a snow day box for kids. Extra hats and scarves can be kept to be used exclusively for snowmen. These can also serve as extras if your child needs one of these items and you can’t find one in a pinch. You can also keep a container of various sizes and colors of buttons to be used for the eyes and mouth. Of course you shouldn’t store the traditional “nose” carrot in your snow day box, but you can use other items or keep carrots on hand in the refrigerator throughout the winter months.
Making a Snow Day Box for Kids. An important thing to note is to let all items dry thoroughly before putting away in the snow day box. This will keep the items in good condition, prevent water from puddling on the bottom of the box and prevent the risk of mold from stored moisture especially if you use a lid for your snow day box for kids.