Remember the trapped-in-a-snow-globe feeling of watching huge snowflakes float outside your window as you drifted off to sleep? And waking with the anticipation of seeing your school’s name scroll across the screen, officially making the day a snow day? In my house, snow days are more than a day off school. They are a magical gift.
Of all the ways to spend those snow-kissed days, here’s our family’s top ten choices:
* Make snow cream
Grandpa’s snow cream recipe
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 6 cups clean, freshly fallen snow
In a large bowl combine half and half, vanilla extract and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
Stir in snow, a cup at a time, until ice cream forms.
* Mix up homemade hot chocolate
Nana’s homemade hot chocolate recipe
1 lb powdered sugar
8 cups powdered milk
1 container (30 ounces) Nesquick
16 ounces powdered coffee creamer
Mix all ingredients in large container. When ready to make hot chocolate, add 2 heaping tablespoons of mix to warm milk. (Don’t forget the marshmallows!)
* Look for animal tracks in the snow (and make our own)
* Make snow angels and snowpeople
* Build a snowfort and spray paint it with colored water in squirt bottles (use food color)
* Make fairy castles by packing snow into gelatin and cake molds & decorate with nature
* Snow Marbles
In an effort to give our older son something to aim at besides his three little sisters, we invented this winter version of marbles. Use a stick to draw a circle in the snow, then take turns tossing snowballs into the circle. Extra points if you can hit your opponent’s snowball.
* Blow bubbles and watch them freeze
* Watch Frosty the Snowman (okay, so this one is a sanity break for Mom)
* And of course… read snow-related books. Our favorites are below.