20 Fabulous Indoor Snow Day Activities for the whole Family    

20 Fabulous Indoor Snow Day Activities for the whole Family

Here on the East coast, we had a Noreaster.  It brought rain all day and then snow all night. It is supposed to snow again this week.  Being home during this storm made me think of different things we could do together.

It’s cold and snowy outside and you don’t know what to do.  Maybe it’s not snowing by you, but it’s gross-out.  So, here you are stuck in the house with your kids.  Without using IPADs or Computers there are ways to keep the kids busy and everyone happy.  These ideas are cheap, easy and you probably have everything at home already. That’s what makes these Snow Day Activities so terrific.


I know right now your thinking about the things you have to do or what needs to be done, but try to enjoy the day.  I see you looking at that load of laundry.  It will still be there tomorrow.  We should all look at a snow day through the eyes of our children, with excitement and joy.  Being stuck at home is a great way to spend time together as a family.  Also, check out 15 Terrific Ideas for Family Nights


Finally, here is a list of Indoor Snow Day Activities for the Whole Family.


1. Games- Board games, card games, dancing games anything you can think of. When playing games children learn to wait their turns, how to win and lose graciously and follow directions.

2. Dance Party

3. Build of Fort or a Tent- This is a weekly occurrence in my house.





4. Baking

5. Bring the snow inside-If you have young ones that might not be able to handle the cold bring the snow inside.  Put snow in a bowl or bin, add some measuring cups and let them play.  My sons had a great time with this.  As you know, bringing a little one out into the snow isn’t always easy or fun.  It’s a lot of work to load the kids up with layers, boots and coats to only come in 10 minutes later. Bringing the snow inside worked great.  They were playing, having fun and mostly not FREEZING.

6. Quiet time- It’s ok to not be doing something all the time.  Sit and read together.  Everyone can take turns reading to one another. For Helpful tips when reading to your children check out ABC’s of Reading.


7. Crafts- Get messy and have fun.  Here are a Winter Crafts few that you can try at home.



Popsicle Snowflake


8. Color together- Coloring has been shown to reduce stress and relax people.  Adults can use an Adult coloring book or just color in your child’s coloring book.

9. Watch a Movie- Old or new sit together with some popcorn and enjoy movie time together.

10. Play Simon says like an animal –

-Hop like a Bunny

-Gallop like a Horse

-Slither like a Snake

-Crawl like a bear

-Fly like a bird ….. Anything you can think of

11.  Balloon Toss- If you have balloons laying around, blow them up and have fun!  Kids love playing with balloons.  My kids will play with the balloons for days.

This was my son’s first birthday.  We filed his crib and the house with balloons.  We continue to fill the house with balloons every birthday.



Balloon Fun




12. I Spy- This is a great game to help with paying attention and focusing.

13. 20 Questions

14. Take Pictures of each other

15. Do Wordsearch puzzles—you can make your own online with the words you choose

16. Make Dough or Play Dough- here’s a recipe for Gingerbread Play Dough.  It is easy to make and smells great.



Playing with Gingerbread Playdough



17. Exercise


18. Puzzles

19. Go through and find things to donate. –Let your kids go into their rooms and find things they haven’t played with in a while.  Ask them what they are ok with giving away.  By asking your children what they want to give away they have some control and then feel good about it instead of being upset that something is gone.

20. Sit and enjoy some Hot Chocolate together (make it better with marshmallows).  Or maybe some coffee or tea for you.


Use these ideas to enjoy the time together inside. These 20 Snow Day activities for the whole family will be a sure-fire hit.

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Math Flash Cards

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Math Flashcards

Math has increasingly gotten harder over the years.  In First Grade Curriculum children will be learning how to add numbers.  Children will learn strategies for addition and subtraction.  They will understand that addition means “to add together” or “put together”.  Children will learn that counting 2 is the same as adding two.  Your children will learn Math words that you may not know.  Including words such as Number Bond, Ten Frame, and Number Path.  These are concepts that parents and families will have to learn and start to use.  Math flashcards will help your child.


Children are expected to learn fast math facts.  They want your child to be able to add 2 digit numbers quickly and in their heads.  This helps build a foundation of good Math skills.  A great way to practice fast facts is to use flashcards.  At my house, we used flash cards when my son was little to teach him his numbers and letters.  Now, we use flash cards to work on his addition.


Make using the flashcards a game.  If it’s a chore they will resist.  Put the flashcards on the table and give an answer, then have your child find the equations that equal that number.  In addition to games, show your children how you use Math facts every day.  You can have your child help you at the store to find how much something costs. ( Round to the whole number, no cents.)  Ex- I want to buy a bag of salad and a box of cookies.  The salad cost $2 and the cookies cost $4 how much is that?

Take time practicing and memorizing Math facts with your child.   Help your child know these Math facts.

Here are Addition Flashcards from 2 through 10.  You can use these flashcards to help your child get better at fast Math facts.  Have your child help cut them out.  If you want to attach the flashcards to index cards to make sturdier.  What I did was print them on cardstock paper.

Flash cards

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Helpful tips

  1. Use Flashcards
  2. Make Math a game
  3. Show how Math is used in everyday life
  4. Ask Math facts throughout the day
  5. Use Dice to make Math problems

Math Apps

  1. ABCya!
  2. Splash Math
  3. Animal Math First Grade (also have Animal Math for other grades)
  4. Monster Math for Kids

Websites for Math

  1. www.coolmath4kids.com
  2. www.funbrain.com
  3. www.mathplayground.com

Check out Tips for Reading with your child


Here are some products that will help develop Math skills.

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30 Gifts for Easter Baskets that don’t Include Candy

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30 Gifts for Easter Baskets they are sure to Love that doesn’t Include candy

Candy seems like the go-to item for Easter baskets.  So instead of candy get items for Easter that your kids can have fun with over and over.  It’s better to give a gift kids can play with rather than eat.  Believe me, I love chocolate, but these items will last longer and bring joy to your kids.  Surprise your kids with these items your children are sure to love. Use this list to find the perfect gifts for Easter.  Most of the items listed you can use for children of all ages.  Some of the items are geared toward younger children.  Many of these items you can get between $5 and $10.

If you are looking for personalized gifts and Easter baskets go to TV’s Toy Box  This site has character items and can be personalized.  Kids love to get items with their names on it.  You can make the Easter basket even more exciting with their favorite character.  Get a personalized, character Easter basket at TV’s Toy Box.

Here are 30 gifts for Easter Baskets that don’t include candy.


Coloring   Books




Finger paints or Paints and paint brushes

Dot Paint






Legos (small packs)


Character cups or plates

Water Bottle- good for all ages

Bath toys

Stuffed animal


Jump Rope

Tickets to a Movie- everyone loves the movies


Nail Polish


Phone case (for the teenager in your life)

Matchbox cars



Small Puzzle

Mad Lips or Joke Book


Flip-Flops or Sandals

Sun Glasses

A Subscription to a Magazine- This is a personal family favorite.  I give magazine subscriptions as gifts to family members of all ages.  My son loves Kids National Geographic Magazine.  In addition to National Geographic, you can find magazines for any family member at Best Deal Magazines. Here is a link for Best Deal Magazines Children’s Magazines.

I hope you enjoyed this list of 30 Gifts for Easter that don’t include candy.

If you like these ideas also check out 10 FREE (or low cost) things to do with Kids    Check out 15 Terrific Ideas for Family Nights

Here are some of the items I recommended.

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10 Free (or low cost) things to do with your Children

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10 Free (or low cost) Things to do with your Children

Winter recess is coming.  Bringing kids out to fun activities to keep them occupied can get expensive.  Keeping activities at low cost is often challenging.  Here is a list of things to do with your kids that are FREE or cost little money including places where children can eat free.

  1. Home Depot–   The first Saturday of every month they offer a free workshop for kids.  They have building kits with all the supplies you need.  During some holiday’s they do seasonal crafts as well.  They provide hammers, glue, paint, a child apron as well as table and chairs to sit comfortably to do their project. My son loved this.  It was a special Daddy and son time he looked forward to every month. Here is a picture of my son at 2 ½ making an airplane at the workshop.  IMG_0537

2. Libraries – Look into your local library for age-specific classes for your child.  Classes are free and all you need is a library card. If you can’t make a class, just go and get some new books.  Libraries have playrooms too. Many offer free concerts during the warmer months. Check your libraries website or go in and ask for a calendar of classes.

3. Michaels– check your local Michaels for free classes.  They run specials at different times of the year that are free.  Around holiday time, they have a free Saturday class where you can decorate your own shirts. They also have a Kids Club on Saturday’s that costs between $2 and $5.  They supply everything you need for the craft. Visit the website and check for Kids Club by you.  http://www.michaels.com/classes

4. Parks– Go to your local park.  Check surrounding towns to see if you like their parks are better.  Personally, I prefer parks that are totally gated in.


5. Go Bowling– Look into the Kids Bowl Free Program in your town.  They allow kids to bowl 2 free games.  All you pay for is shoe rental.   We went bowling every week this past summer. After going so much I bought him his own Bowling Shoes.  Then we would go for free.  My son liked it so much that we signed up for a bowling league.  https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/


6. Whole Foods– When you go to Whole Foods you should go and stop at Customer Service.  They give you a coupon for a complimentary apple, organic fruit leather or animal crackers. Whole foods want you to have an easy shopping experience with your kids.

They also offer Kids’ Club Cooking Classes on a monthly basis.  Visit the website to check for events.

7. Taking Pictures– Give your child an old digital camera or use your phone and take pictures of each other or your town.  This fosters creativity. Your children will love being behind the camera as they are usually the one asked to say cheese. Be prepared to smile a lot.

Kid with Camera

8. Go for a walk– Get out and get some fresh air.  Talk about different things you see.  You could also have a scavenger hunt while on the walk.  Kids love to find stuff.

9. Build a fort—I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s so fun.  Kids love building a fort.  Use the couch pillows and all those blankets hanging around.  Here is a picture of our latest fort.


10. Visit a Fire station—Many firehouses will let kids come in and give them stickers or coloring books. Call first before showing up.

Going out to eat is also quite costly.  Here are a few places that kids eat free.  Nothing is better than a FREE dinner.


Places Kids Eat FREE:

At all locations, restaurants require the purchase of an adult meal to get a FREE kids meal.

Ruby Tuesday’s—Kids eat free on Tuesday’s

Moe’s Southwest Grill– Each location has a different day where kids eat free.  Check out a Moe’s near you to find out which day.  This is one that we have used many times.  My son loves cheese quesadillas with bacon.

IHOP– Kids eat free every night for dinner.  Since times vary at different locations so check near you.

Denny’s- Day’s vary by location.

Texas Roadhouse- Day’s vary by location.

Friday’s- Day’s vary by location.

You may also like 15 Terrific Ideas for Family Nights

Check out 20 Questions to ask your Child about school

Here are some of our families favorite books.

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Valentine’s Day Graphing

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Valentines Day is a day of romance and love, not only between you and your partner but your children too.  Parents love to give their spouse a gift and their children too.  TV’s Toy Box has wonderful gifts for your kids.  What I love is that they have any character you can think of and all items can be personalized.  Kids love to get things with their names on it.

Here is a fun math lesson for kids.  All you need is a bag of Valentine M&M’s and these sheets.  This is great to do at home or in the classroom. After they are done the kids can eat the M&M’s. That’s the best part.


Give each student a handful of M&M’s, the graph sheet and the question sheet.  Have the students, or your child put each M&M to match the color on the bottom.  Once they have finished they can then answer the question.  If you are using this for pre-school you can read the question to the class.  You can also do this with a small group if working with younger children.  If your child is a little older they can read it themselves.


Valentine Graph

This lesson teaches counting, colors, and most or least concepts.  Learning while eating  M &M’s  is a great way to teach Math.

Here is the link to the Valentine Graph and Questions 

Hope you enjoy!

Remember if you want to buy a character gift for your child check out TV’s Toy Box.

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No More Sippy Cups

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No More Sippy Cups


No more Sippy cups.  This topic is somewhat controversial. Though this is my opinion, there is research proving there is no benefit to sippy cups.  If you speak with Speech Therapists or Speech Pathologists they will tell you sippy cups do not benefit your child.  Working as an Early Intervention Therapist, I have worked closely with many Speech Therapists.  No more sippy cups for your little ones.

Parents need to stop using Sippy-cups.  Unfortunately, parents feel that using a Sippy cup is the next step after a bottle or breastfeeding.  This is completely untrue.  The Sippy cup does nothing for your toddler’s development.  The use of a Sippy cup is not considered a milestone.  I understand that parents like the Sippy cup because of the “no spill” factor.  I know that you’re thinking of your little one making a mess and you want to limit that.  Sometimes you have to deal with the spilled milk.

These are the reasons Sippy cups are more of a hindrance than a help. They prevent the tongue from moving up, actually keeping it down.  Using a Sippy-cup is the same type of motion, a sucking motion, which babies use with breast and bottle feeding.  Sippy-cups limit the child’s ability to develop oral motor skills and a mature swallowing pattern.  The spout on a Sippy-cup is just like the nipple on a bottle.

Once your child turns 1, or sooner if you think they are ready, introduce a cup with a straw.  Using a straw will help your child move the mouth and tongue in motions that develop oral motor skills.  These skills aid in language development.

At first, you want the straw to be easy.  If your child does not have success,  they will fight you and resist the straw.  I recommend, when it’s your child’s first time, use the Take and Toss cups because it’s very easy to get liquid out.  As your teaching your child to use a straw, it has to be as easy as possible so your baby can learn the motion.  By no means are these cups spill proof, far from it, but they are super easy to use.  Once your child is able to use the straw you can then move to a cup that closes securely. Once my child was able to drink from a straw we switched to Nuby Easy Grip Cups.  These cups are easy to hold for little hands.  Tip–We cut the valve out of the straw part.  This allows the liquid to flow easier.

Once your child is comfortable with drinking from the straw you can buy cups that they like.  TV’s Toy Box will personalize items.  Here is a really cute Curious George cup with a straw. 

I introduced a straw at 10 months for my kids.  I wanted to start the process so that by their first birthdays they would be done with the bottle.  Introduction to the straw is a slow and gradual process.  Going cold turkey with children does not work. At first, I used a straw for one feeding each day.  If your child doesn’t drink their normal amount during this feeding, that’s ok.   Every day at that same feeding I would use a straw instead of a bottle.  Then, once he was comfortable with drinking from the straw, we moved to two feedings a day with a straw.  You continue to gradually increase using the straw until all feedings and anytime they drink is using a straw.

I know that using a sippy-cup is easier for the parents and the child.  It takes a little more work but you can go from bottle right to a straw.  If you stick with it and are consistent your child will learn quickly.  This is key, being consistent. Children are masters at waiting you out.  They will use your inconsistency to get what they want.  Start with one feeding a day with a straw.  You can do it  Your child can do it!

I bet you never knew all the benefits of a straw!

kid drinking with straw

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15 Terrific Ideas for Family Nights

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Family Connect Nights


   Family time is so important not to lose sight of.  I know that with working different hours, sports, homework, and life in general that sometimes days just get away from you.  Our lives have become so busy with our schedules.  We are pulled in all different directions.  It’s necessary to remember that quality family time is essential to keeping families close. By reinforcing these relationships benefit the wellbeing of both parents and children.  You have to learn what “quality time” really means.  Learning to be in the moment, be together.  Being present is the best thing you can do.  This will vary in each household.  Whatever you decide is “quality time” make sure to make it a priority for you and your family.  Families spend time together differently.  While family vacations or staycations are truly terrific but we can’t do that all the time. I say shut off the electronics and talk.  It’s necessary that young children see their parents put the phones down and focus on being together.

Having dinner together is not always easy with sports and activities at different times.  When it’s possible have dinner together as a family.  On days when we have dinner together when everyone’s home, we make sure to put phones aside and focus on being together.  It’s the time when we talk and share about our day.  We speak to our son about his school day and we share about our day too.  (If you would like to check my post about A Better Conversation About School)

This past year my child’s school announced a “Family Connect Night” each month.  They will not assign homework on these specific nights. They realize how important it is to do special things with your child and escape from the day to day.  Schedule family time together if you need too.  Make a point to be together with each other separate from everyday tasks.  Therefore, if you have to schedule it it’s ok.  Don’t be hard on yourself.  Give your kids something to look forward too.  Tell them this weekend we are going to the park, library or even a walk.  Children can then look forward to it and be excited about that time.  Being together as a family also gets kids talking and will give them memories.  Memories are more important than toys.

Have fun together and go make some memories!

Here are just a few suggestions of things to do together.

15 Ideas for Family Connect Night


1. Cook/ Bake Together –Kids Cooking Set

2. Go on a scavenger hunt

3. Go on a nature walk

4. Play games- Yahtzee is one of our family’s favorites.


5. Take a bike ride

6. Build a fort together

7. Make paper planes

8. Play card games

9. Movie night


10. Go bowling

11. Arts and crafts night

12. Karaoke night-  Karaoke Machine

13. Have a picnic

14. Exercise together

15. Minute to Win it Challenges

Kids together in jumping competition

What are some fun things that you do together as a family?

Check out my post 20 Questions to get Your Child Taking about School

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