Kids, however, don't feel the cold at all! They can't wait for the snow. When the flakes are just beginning to fall, they're outside as quickly as possible, ready for anything, especially a good snowball fight.
But when they finally come inside, we're all ready for a little warmth. Here are a few ideas that don't involve kids running wild through the living room (although that can be fun, too):
- Enjoy a movie together. Whether you go for something traditional, like It's a Wonderful Life, or something more humorous, like Elf, doesn't really matter. Just be sure to set the scene--have popcorn and drinks and lots of togetherness. Make the movie an event, not just a thing to pass the time.
- Read aloud. Light a fire, make some cider, and choose a wonderful book--you can go for a classic, a kid favorite, a holiday story. Again, the 'what' doesn't matter; it only matters that you do it together.
- Bake and decorate cookies. Duh.
- For little kids: homemade playdoh. This is easy, fun, and just a little messy. It's a great way to spend time together and have fun, while you're nice and warm inside1
Homemade Playdoh Recipe, courtesy of Mrs. Murphy, my neighbor from 10 years ago!
2 c flour
1 c salt
4 t cream of tartar
2 c water
2 T oil
Mix all ingredients in a pan. Cook on low for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat & stir in food color. Pour out onto waxed paper and knead until ready (add more flour as needed).