Snowstorms are incredibly hard for families because often kids can struggle to find things to do while parents worry about things like electricity, food, or heat if the storm is going to be severe. However, giving your kids something fun to do during a storm can help you have the time to figure out your situation better as well as help to distract them from fear or anxiety surrounding losing power, you feeling concerned, and so on.
There are plenty of varying options for activities that your kids can do during heavy snow to occupy their minds in a positive way. Here are some fun things kids can do in a snowstorm that you can suggest or work with for your own children.
Have Fun Warming Up
A storm like this can often mean wiped out power grids and limited access to heating for many families, which means kids and adults will need to warm up. You can make it more fun for them to warm up by having them pick their favorite warmer or layered outfits, sharing blankets together, playing pretend such as pretending to be penguins that huddle for warmth, and so on. Making this a game makes it less fearful and easier to help them know how to get and stay warm.
Play Games Together
There are tons of ways to play games together such as board games, card games, play pretend games, and so on. If you want your kids to occupy themselves while you sort other things out perhaps help them set up a play area or gather toys to play with, but if you can play with the other options like board games, tag, and more could work well. Tag and movement games also help everyone to get moving and stay warm.
For children that need sensory distractions or noises to calm down, you can sing or hum songs together to create an enjoyable and distracting activity. You could even make it a game by choosing songs for each other to sing or by singing together at different times. Dance along if you can as well to allow movement for warming up and an added layer of distraction. Singing is a great little activity that doesn’t require supplies.
Arts And Crafts
If your family has power still or has portable lights to be able to see enough for this, arts and crafts are a great simple option. Drawing, coloring, painting, experiments, craft projects, and more can all provide an excellent distraction from the storm while giving kids a fun way to experiment some. You can use simple supplies or more random stuff found around the house to partake in this activity, and it can be independent or together for all age ranges.
Some of these ideas may not work the best for your children’s ages or interests or what you have available at home, but hopefully at least one or two of these ideas can be useful or starter ideas that you can use for your kids the next time you’re hit by a snowstorm. You can also use some activity ideas to make a plan for stormy weather or a storm kit so that your children are better prepared and knowledgeable on what to do when the next snowstorm hits you.
Snowstorms can be incredibly scary or dangerous because of the weather and how badly it can wipe out electricity or heat, but these ideas can help you keep your kids positive and occupied as a start.