Ten Rituals for a Snow Day!


As you watch the weather forecast for the upcoming week, you hear reports of a huge winter storm sweeping into your area, predicting heavy snowfall and icy conditions. As you wrap your head around what that means as a homeowner and parent, you look over to your kids watching the same report. Their take is quite different as they cheer for the possibility of a snow day with a whole day off of school and you remember what it was like to be that innocent age. Visions of snowmen, sledding, and hot chocolate fill their big eyes with hope and gleam.

You put aside your thoughts aside and find yourself joining in their excitement and wonder.  When they ask what they can do to increase their chances for the much-anticipated snow day you show them some rituals you did as a kid.

Here are some fun ideas to do with your kids the night before a possible snow day:

  1. Take Ice Cubes to the Bathroom. Drop an ice cube in the toilet for every inch of snow you predict.
  2. Wear your Pajamas Backward and Inside Out. Come on mom and dad! That means you too!
  3. Say a Prayer for a Snow Day!
  4. Sleep with a Spoon under your Pillow. Some say frozen, some say regular. You decide what will work to make your dreams come true!
  5. Sleep Backwards: that is right!  Sleep with your head where your feet should be!
  6. Draw a Picture of your Snow Day: Okay, maybe I made this one up but how fun is it for your littles to visualize a snow day with an actual picture? If you do end up getting one, collect the pictures and you have your snow day activities ready!
  7. Eat Ice Cream: Vanilla of course! Increase your chances with some extra sprinkles on top. If it happens, be ready to make some snow ice cream too!
  8. Line your bedroom or family room with Homemade Snowflakes!
  9. Place a White Crayon on your Windowsill.
  10. Put your Winter Boots next to your Bed! You will be ready to jump out your bed and start your snow fun as soon as morning comes!

Hopefully when you get that early morning call for a much-deserved day off do not forget to participate in a snow dance! Next up: Check out the sledding hills in Columbus!

Now enjoy watching the tradition continue with a sense of nostalgia and love.

What are some of your favorite ways to make a snow day more likely to happen?

Snow Day Rituals for Kids

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Melissa Burnett
Melissa Burnett was born in New Jersey but moved to Ohio at the beginning of a school year where she thought her parents forgot her at Kindergarten and spent most of her first day in tears. Since then, she learned to transfer her imagination onto paper and write stories. She taught Title 1 Reading and wrote children’s books before embarking on her journey into parenthood. Melissa is a mother to twin boys and a younger boy who keeps her on her toes. She enjoys Friday stay home movie night with her boys and dreaming up business ideas with her extremely patient and loving husband. When she is not breaking up wrestling matches, Melissa and her husband spend their time working on rental cabins in Hocking Hills. They also enjoy popcorn and coming up with new popcorn flavors. Melissa promises she does not have motherhood figured out, but she does have many funny stories to share and a word of advice “when you go through the car wash with kids…make sure your window lock is on.” Follow her blog: melissaburnett.com