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37 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy On A Snow Day

Make being cooped up inside unforgettable.

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1. Roll out butcher paper for epic drawing sessions.

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2. Play the Frozen Fortune Teller game.

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Find the game instructions and free printable here.

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3. Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

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4. Fill a sensory bin with snow and let your kids paint it with colored water.

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Learn more here.

5. Painter’s tape and some balled-up newspaper are all you need for this “sticky spiderweb” activity.

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6. Put shapes on the floor to play indoor hopscotch.

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This is a fun way to work on gross motor skills and shape recognition.

7. Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

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This one is great for developing motor skills too. Find the how-to here.

8. Hang a target for paper airplanes.

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9. You can also use tape to make a paper airplane landing strip.

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Learn more here.

10. Experiment with water marbles.

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Buy a 2-ounce pack for $7.95 here.

11. Felt and pipe cleaners can be made into a surprisingly addictive Holiday Hat Ring Toss game.

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12. Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

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Find the tutorial here.

13. Turn a milk jug into a storm trooper helmet from Star Wars.

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You can also try your hand at easier milk jug crafts like this snowman.

14. Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid’s toy cars.

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The tape comes up easily when you’re done.

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15. Freeze water to play mini ice hockey.

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Find a tutorial, plus a number of game ideas, here.

16. Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

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Dry ice and bubble solution (along with some stuff you likely have around the house) are all you need.

17. Another very cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

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Learn more here.

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18. Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

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Kids learn the concept of “action and reaction” while having a blast.

19. Play a mitten matching game with your toddlers.

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This game is a lot of fun and terrific for developing fine motor dexterity and recognition skills.

20. Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

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This one needs lots of parental supervision, obviously.

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21. Make fireworks in a jar using water, oil, and food coloring.

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Learn more here.

22. Have a campout indoors.

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Learn how to make the campfire here.

23. Use a clothes hanger and string to make an indoor zip wire for your kid's favorite toy.

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24. Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

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25. Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

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26. Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive bowling game.

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Find the how-to here.

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27. Box fishing is addictive and terrific for improving the coordination of younger children.

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Find the how-to plus other fun indoor ideas here.

28. Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

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Toddlers will drop the pom-poms into the bowl over and over, and develop their fine motor skills in the process.

29. Combine shaving cream and corn starch to make foam dough.

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This one can get a little messy, but kids absolutely love it.

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30. You can also use snow to make snow ice cream.

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31. Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

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Save lids to cottage cheese, butter, or Cool Whip for “canvases.” Learn more here.

32. Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings.

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Kids will get a good laugh while exploring their artistic side.

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33. Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray.

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34. Play Straw Javelin Throw with bowls and a store-bought box of straws.

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35. Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

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Find a list of popcorn games, like “straw blow” and “distance throw,” here.

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36. Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

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The best part is that this fun indoor activity can be enjoyed without breaking anything in your house. I should say, “Probably without breaking anything.”

37. Use a cardboard box to DIY a light tunnel.

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Find the tutorial here.

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