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.