teaching tips blog


Jan 31, 2013

Snow Day Fun!

Faith Berens

Yea, a snowy day!  As a former teacher, I always loved snow days!  Waking up to a fresh snow provided a welcomed and surprise break for the students as well as myself—a day of respite—a day to relax, play in the snow, read a good book, and sip hot cocoa. 

This morning, my two kiddos and I woke up to find that a beautiful snow had graced our town last night.   As a home school parent-teacher I still welcome snow days, don’t you?  We snuggled in bed and read a book, stayed in our jammies a little longer than we normally would on a “regular” school day, and then we made home-made blueberry muffins and sprinkled some “snow” on top (powdered sugar). 

The kids are getting ready to take a nearby “field trip” to the back yard to enjoy some fun in the snow—making snow angels and snowmen and sliding down the sliding board into the snow! 

Here are some ideas for other winter fun and possible “cool” field trips you may wish to enjoy with your own children:

  • Make snow cream with real snow
  • Make home-made ice cream
  • Tour an ice cream shop or factory
  • Visit a planetarium/space observatory
  • Go ice skating or sledding
  • Make beautifully, cut-out paper snowflakes

Here is a link where you can find wonderful snow-related crafts and activities.

Snowy Painting Activity:

Materials Needed:

  • Shaving Cream
  • White School Glue
  • Paper

Combine equal parts of the shaving cream and the glue. Use this mixture to paint pictures! It stays whipped-like and dries puffy and hard.

Read snowy and winter related books—here are some of my favorites:

The Big Snow by Berta Hader and Elder Hader

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Bentley’s Snowflakes (CD rom and book), by Dover Publications

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs


Have fun “chillaxing” on these frosty, winter days….