Snow Day! How to Keep Your Kids Entertained During a School Closure
Hot on the heels of another active hurricane season that left millions without power, winter storms are already starting to hit the country and it’s not even officially winter. These early storms that bring a “wintry mix,” of snow, sleet and freezing rain can lead to power outages, property damage, dangerous road conditions and school closures.
Stay safe by staying home and use these suggestions to keep your little ones entertained while snowed in!
- Movie time: Pop some popcorn and watch movies.
- Pretend play: Build a fort… then crawl inside to read books or tell stories.
- Arts and crafts: Make your own playdough or slime, paint with homemade puffy paint, and more.
- Play games: Play your children’s favorite board games or try charades, red light/green light, or Simon Says.
- Cooking: Put on your chef hat and get to baking! Bake sugar cookies, decorate them, and then have a tea party.
- Dance party: Get out some of that energy with a dance party. Dim the lights, break out some glow sticks and turn up the music!
- Get holiday-ready: Get into the holiday spirit and make salt dough ornaments or holiday cards.
- Put on a show: Play dress-up and have a fashion show!
The best part, most of these don’t require power!
You may remember, Winter Storm Grayson left 300,000 people without power earlier this year. If you lose power due to a winter storm, layer your clothes and use plenty of blankets to keep warm. If you’re using a portable generator, operate it outdoors at a safe distance away from your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Invest in a home standby generator. A home standby generator turns on the moment an outage occurs, keeping your home warm during a winter power outage. These generators are designed to power your entire home and can power everything from kitchen appliances to smart home devices to keep you and your family safe, comfortable and entertained.
While NOAA predicts a warmer winter, it only takes one snow or ice storm to wreak havoc on a community. Protect your home from winter storms and prepare for power outages with these tips from Cheryl Nelson, Cummins Weather and Preparedness Advisor and FEMA-certified disaster preparedness expert.