Snow Day Action Plan!

Snow Day Action Plan!

I’ve been hoping for a snow day all week and now I actually have one, I’m bricking it. Because it could all go horribly wrong. We’ve already had several tantrums this morning, so I’m doing what mums do best: making a list. Bloody love lists. I think today is going to need as much structure as a school day because I don’t know about you, but whenever we try to freestyle, the wheels fall off.Thought I’d share mine here in case it helps you too.

Here’s my Snow Day Action Plan…

1. Get loads of activity books, aqua draw books, scratch art, beading/craft kits, bunchems, and sticker books and bung them on the table for an activity hour.

2. Get wrapped up warm, make a thermos cup of hot chocolate and a thermos cup of tea and head out to the hill for a spot of ice-sledging. Pray we don’t break our legs.

3. Come back, get into onesies, wrap up in a blanket and watch TV for half an hour.

4. Have a hot lunch, cheese on toast with beans and a hot pudding like custard and bananas

5. Bake a cake. We’re going to do a carrot cake but there are some great easy recipes to make with kids here 

6. Wrap up warm again and get the kids out in the garden. Give them a load of bowls, and kitchen utensils like spoons, and mashers to play with the snow, make a snow castle (like a sand castle) and explore.

7. Warm up with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Get the knackered clothes-airer out and a load of blankets and build a blanket fort.

8. Get all the play-doh out and all the equipment and make a play-doh banquet – literally ever biscuit, ice-cream, broccoli spear you can muster.

9. Get that science kit off the top of the cupboard which has been sitting there since Christmas 2016 and do some experiments. Or if I can’t muster the energy, get cornflour and water and a bit of food colouring out and let the kids make slime. (Literally tip half a tub of cornflour in a takeaway dish, add a little water until the mixture is hard to spoon but runs like liquid from your fingers – it’s amazing.) Give them some cups and spoons to play with.

10. Fill the bath with snow and icicles.  Dump the bath toys in, and let the kids play with them from outside the bath. Gloves optional.

11. Warm up with a nice hot dinner.

12. Bath time! I’ve been giving the kids bowls of snow and icicles to melt in the bath. They haven’t stabbed each other so far…

13. Watch Frozen, read wintery books like Snow Day, You Can Do It Sam, Stick Man etc.

14. When the kids are in bed, drink some red wine and RELAX.

GOOD LUCK MOLOs! We can do this!


Do you need an action plan to survive the UK Snowfall 2018 with toddlers and preschoolers? Alison has put together a brilliant list of activities to save your sanity!

Image credit: Alison McGarragh-Murphy

Alison McGarragh-Murphy

Alison McGarragh-Murphy writes and edits stuff for The Motherload, and is also a radio producer and broadcast journalist, a mum of two and a wife of one. Since becoming a mother she has (mostly) gladly swapped a busy social life of gigs, pubs, art galleries and museums for dancing in the kitchen, drinking on the sofa, finger painting and hanging out at the park. She talks incessantly about not having slept for five years. Follow Alison on Twitter @BertaFanta and on Facebook @ammblogs

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