20 Boredom Busters for Snow Days

Genny Glassman | Jan 24, 2020 Home & Garden
20 Boredom Busters for Snow Days
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Those long, long days of winter can be a bummer. And a snow day can be both a blessing -- or a curse. There's no school, no friends, and everyone is going just a little bit stir crazy inside the house all day. So what can a mom or dad do to keep the doldrums away? There are plenty of things that parents can plan to do that are relatively free or cheap, as well as easy with kids of all ages. All it takes is a little imagination and this helpful list of excellent boredom busters that we've compiled. And we promise there isn't a screen in sight. For instance, why not take advantage of the snow and make some snow ice cream? Or "pretend" to make some rough looking baked goods, just like they do on the hit Netflix show Nailed It! Take a look at our list and discover just how many things kids can do on a snowy day stuck inside.

  • Play 'Nailed It'

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    Let's face it, sometimes we want our cooking skills to look pretty, but most of the time we'd settle for a great-tasting bake. That is the genius of the hit Netflix show Nailed It and we bet kids would love to pretend to be in the reality cooking competition. No need to have a goal, if the kids are too little to make anything fancy, just have them stand in a line and show off the goods. Plus, we already know they'll love yelling "nailed it!" when they present their bake.

  • Make a Friendship Bracelet


    This project can be as simple or as difficult as a kid can handle, but it a perfect skill for upper elementary-age kids. For young kids, a friendship bracelet might look like some fun beads and some string, while older kids might be ready to experiments with braiding and work their way up to more delicate knots. Friendship bracelet making is a great quiet craft, too, which is good news for when mom needs a break.

  • DIY Slime


    There are lots of ways to make slime at home, but according to HomeScienceTools  there are four basic ingredients;: Elmer's glue, Borax (sodium tetraborate), water, and a little bit of food color. Mix 1 oz. glue, with 1/4 cup water and food coloring. Then add the 1/4 cup Borax to your solution and mix slowly. Voila! It's slime! Challenge kids to make all sorts of neat colors or add in special ingredients, like glitter, to make the slime their own.