Snow Day Fun

What's the best thing about a snow day? Is it the thought of building the biggest, best snowman ever, taking a run down a sledding hill, or just spending a day away from school? Some people just enjoy how quiet nature seems to be under a blanket of winter white. Others can't wait to get out and get moving, even if it means shoveling the walk first!

When they're calling for snow in the forecast, you'll be ready for fun, indoors or out, with ideas from these Web sites.

On the Web:

Edible Snowflakes
http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/snowflakes/a/blsnowflrec.htm
Cut tortillas as you would a free-hand snowflake, fry in oil until crisp and top with powdered sugar or one of their other tasty suggestions.

How to Build a Snow Fort for Snowball Fights
http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/winter/activities/snowball/snowfort.htm
This Boy Scout site makes a science out of the fine art of building a defensible fort. Read on for snowball rules, a snow tag game, and other winter snow games.

Make a Paper Snowflake
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/educational_programs/activities_games/snowf...
Use the pattern to trace and cut snowflake ornaments for a window or a tree, just as was done in the 19th century.

Pasta Snowflake
http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10484
Pasta: it's not just for dinner anymore. This decorative, non-edible treat will brighten windows on chilly days.

Sledding Safety
http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Sledding
A trip to the emergency room is not a good way to spend a snow day. Follow these tips for safer sledding.

Snow Scene in a Jar
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/snowjar.html
Parents can help kids make their own snow globes.

Snow Scene Paper
http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/miscwinter/a/blsnwscene.htm
A perfect craft to try after a walk in the snow. You can use the finished paper to make book covers and holiday cards or wrapping paper.

Snow Sculptures
http://www.familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,22-4605,00.html
Easy ideas help you to get creative with all that white stuff.

Sugar-on-Snow
http://www.massmaple.org/sos.html
"This delicacy has been a traditional spring-time favorite at sugar houses and sugar camps for over 200 years."
Attention parents: this authentic New England treat requires a bit of stovetop cooking.

Once you're in from the cold, kick back with a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy one of these Books for a Snowy Day from your library.