Snow days are frequent visitors in Michigan! We’ve rounded up a list of 25 cheap or free snow day activities for kids to keep the them busy on a budget 🙂 !
- Paint the snow. Grab a few $1.00 spray bottles (Family Dollar, Dollar General or Dollar Tree) and a set of food coloring and color on the largest canvas your kids have ever had.
- Build a snow fort. You can look for special items at the store, but if you are willing to wash up after you are done, grab your mixing bowls and bread pans to make your bricks without spending any money. Dig out the pile left by the snow plow and use the dispersed snow to build your wall.
- Snow blow or shovel a maze or path in the back yard. For smaller kids this will be perfect with large amounts of snow. Older kids can see over the top, so encourage them to crawl it to make it harder. You can also “build a house” by making “rooms” out of the snow with paths in between them.
- Snowball target practice. Grab a box and tape, paint or color a target onto it. Let the kids take turns trying to get a bullseye or mark it with numbers for a contest. This is a great way to let them throw snowballs without any “face shots” that often turn into crying fits.
- Wacky snow men. Skip the standard and make them funky. Use your snow bricks to build them, turn them upside down, grab some dried tall grass to give them hair, paint them with the colored water spray bottles.
- Eat “out”. Pull out the plastic picnic table or build your own snow table and chairs and then warm up some hot chocolate to warm them up.
- Snow ball races. Who can make the biggest one? Who can make the longest path while making it? Who can smash it the fastest?
- Make ice gems. Put a couple drops of food coloring into a balloon, then fill it with water and set it outside to freeze. Later, cut the balloon off and you have colored ice gems.
- Make a card. Well, kinda. Use the snow paint, buildings, footprints and then take a picture. Turn it into an online greeting or have it ready for next year’s holiday card.
- Freeze bubbles. Grab those bubbles and let the kids blow them off the porch. Or put a little water and dish soap in a plastic bowl and let the kids go to town blowing bubbles through straw and then let it sit to freeze.
- Box fort. Ask today if your local store has empty cardboard you can have and buy some duct tape. Keep it tucked away until the perfect snow day. Make a fort, then color it and knock it down.
- Cardboard crafts. Salvage usable pieces of your box fort to use as coloring paper, cut it up to make mini houses for dolls, build garages for cars and trucks.
- Buddy baths. This is the perfect excuse to get those best stuffed friends through the wash. Line them up with the kid shampoo in the bath tub or put them in the kitchen sink with the sprayer. Let the kids love and bathe their friends then then “finish at the spa” with a run through the washer and dryer during the day. Pull out warm, clean and fluffy cuddles for bedtime.
- Hopscotch! Grab a roll of painters or masking tape and build your path on the floor.
- Spy mission. Turn off the lights, close the curtains and set up. Use painters or masking tape to make “lasers” from wall to wall in a hallway, then set up forts and other things for the kids to explore.
- Mini Snowmen. Put down a couple towels and fill baking pans with snow. Let the kids form one or more little snow men, build a village or more.
- Build contraptions. Grab that tape again and see what “machines” you can make by hooking toys together.
- Movie theater. Clip a blanket to the curtain rod to darken the room, set up piles of blankets and pillows and pop some popcorn. Take it a step farther by having the kids make “now showing” signs and admission tickets. Use the boxes to make a concession stand and ticket center.
- Throw a party. Invite all the stuffed animals, crank up the music and dance the day away.
- Make it snow inside. Let the kids shred up/cut mostly white junk mail or papers and let them go crazy with it. Or set them to making large cutout snowflakes. Let them throw it, make “snow” angels and “jump” into snow piles.
- Cottonball crafts. Make snowforts, snowmen and more with glue and cotton balls.
- Marshmallows and toothpicks make great building materials.
- Cereal necklaces. Get out some string or ribbon and let the kids craft their breakfast. Don’t forget a glass of milk.
- Build snow lunch. Slice up bananas and let the kids build forts or snowmen. Add granola and raisins to liven it up. Make a snowman pizza by combining three different sizes on one pan.
- Edible snow dessert. Cut a tortilla up like a snowflake and then brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar and bake for a few minutes. Bring out the marshmallows and let the kids eat “snowballs”.
What else do you like to do for cheap or free snow day activities for kids that breaks from the “norm”?