10 Cold Day Activities

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Although snow days come very rarely in Houston, (and even more rarely, the actual snow- it usually ends up being ice!) we do get some snow days from time to time. Today the public schools happen to be out- but homeschool is continuing on! However, after school was over, I was brainstorming ideas for things for the kids to do inside since they usually spend a great portion of the afternoon outside.

10 snow day activities

I came up with a few ideas that will hopefully help you if you’re stuck inside!

1.) Read!  This one is so simple but sometimes I realize it’s been a few days since I’ve read to my littlest ones. I’m always reading to the older 2 for school, but my babies need books, too. (You can find some of our favorites in this post)

This book would be so fun- it’s personalized for your child!

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2.) Work puzzles. This is fun and therapeutic for me as well as fun for the kids. I love it because it’s actually something that gets finished- as opposed to laundry, cleaning, etc! There are some fun ones online here.

3.) Organize and purge your child’s drawers. While this may not qualify as “fun” for them (or you!) it’s a necessity that’s easy to get pushed to the back burner. (I’ve been on an organizing kick lately!) One upside is that your child may find a favorite outfit that he/she forgot about because it was stuck in the back of a drawer!

4.) Paint. My kids are always asking to paint and honestly I don’t let them do this often enough. Mostly because it’s a lot of trouble and mess, especially when the Canaan gets involved! But some days when they’re stuck inside (and during Canaan’s nap time) I let them pull it out and create!

5.) Cook together. My girls love to cook and spending a day completely inside gives us a little more time to do this. This is when we were making our Toffee Pecan Pie Cheesecake. It’s a winner!

activities to do on a snow day

 6.) Teach them a new skill. Whether it’s sewing, knitting, cooking, or even a cleaning skill, there’s nothing like an inside day to get a jump-start on a new skill!

7.) Board games. We love to play Sequence and Pass the Pigs! We also love “Spot It” but don’t own it just yet. For the adults, we love Monopoly Deal and Phase 10.

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8.) Nap! Life is busy, busy, and sometimes it takes a forced day at home to slow down. Have your child lay down with a few books and you may find that he or she falls asleep!

9.) Teach them songs from your childhood. Ben and I decided we wanted to teach our kids some hymns this year that we loved growing up. Maybe you want to teach your kids some hymns as well, or even fun nursery rhymes.

10.) Look at photo albums together. This is one of my kids’ favorite past-times whether it’s cold or not! They love perusing albums from when Ben and I were kids, as well as when they were little babies. It usually brings up fun stories to tell as well!

So what would you add to this list? If you live in a colder part of the country, I bet you’ve got all kids of creative ideas!

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About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!


  1. Hi! I just found your blog through Money Saving Mom. I’m totally on board with a no spend (almost) February! My husband and I have already talked about doing this. And ours will look similar to yours – we will need to buy fuel for our cars (we both work full time and drive to work), and we will be buying fresh fruit, veggies and milk. But we will try to eat out of our pantry/freezer as much as possible; we won’t buy any clothes; absolutely no “extra” purchases this month (Target clearance find, a deal just too good to pass up!). We don’t have much left to save for my husband’s car fund, so we want to knock that out this month so we can move on to saving up for a down payment on a new house!

    I look forward to reading your blog!

  2. OK, I’m not sure how I commented on the wrong post – sorry!

  3. Bring out the Legos! My son has a huge bin under his bed (and more in other bins) the boys drag it out into the living room and have a blast all day long.

  4. This is a great list. We don’t pull out the acrylics enough, either. Bad mom, bad! Thanks for posting. Hello from Project Inspire{d}.

  5. I love baking on a cold snowy days, my kids do to. Another favorite activity, although messy, it to make an indoor fort from all their blankets and pillows. Keeps them busy!


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