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I remember putting bread bags on over my shoes and securing them with a rubber band and putting socks on my hands on snow days when I was a kid. It worked, so if you get caught off guard with an unexpected snow and not a lot of snow gear, sometimes a little improvising can do the trick. Avoid unsafe situations and carefully supervise youngsters in the snow and ensure that everyone goes inside to warm up at proper intervals. Adults who aren't used to exercising should be especially careful when running or shoveling in the snow.
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Kids have a way of creating their own fun, so often they will make it easy and simply play and enjoy the moment. Those can make some of the best memories and it can be great fun to simply watch the kids being creative and imaginative.
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- Do a good deed for a neighbor or a simple random act of kindness.
- Look for "hidden treasures" like animal tracks or animals playing or hiding in the snow.
- Go sledding – you might be able to improvise by pulling a plastic tarp, cardboard box, or large trash can lid if a sled is not available.
- Make a snowman – it doesn't have to be big.
- Make other snow creatures, a fort, a castle, or other 3D snow art forms.
- Have a relay race before placing each item on a snowman or other snow creature.
- Have a snowball fight, play catch, or find other safe targets for the snowballs.
- Make snow angels.
- Write messages or draw pictures in the snow with your finger, a stick, or with footprints.
- Use sticks and other objects to create shapes and letters on top of the snow for the kids to identify.
- Feed the birds and other animals.
- Play "I Spy."
- Go for a family walk.
- Play follow the leader while doing wild and crazy things with your arms and/or legs.
- Play tug of war with a snow wall in the middle.
- Play "Simon Says" with a snow twist (make a snowball, find an icicle, write a snow message, etc.).
- Go on an Easter egg hunt (this was one of my kids' ideas that turned out to be pretty unique and fun).
- Play hide and go seek – this can be a lot more challenging after dark.
- Have a scavenger hunt – place written clues in ziplock bags so they won't become wet.
- Have the kids solve a riddle to get to the next "station" in the yard.
- Make pictures and videos – these can be fun to watch later after everyone warms up inside.
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