Snow days may be a blast when it’s fresh-fallen, but soon it becomes a slushy, cold mess. Here are some fun ways to staying sane indoors this winter.
Dance Party! Even the littlest family members can join in, so get ready to break a sweat. Whether you’re playing hot potato or just getting on your groove, pump up the volume and get ready to dance the day away. Family game night. Games like Pictureka—think I Spy but as a board game, have been our game of choice. The fun has been so contagious we even designated Sundays picnic game night. We lay a tablecloth on the living room floor, set up finger foods & sandwiches, then let the fun take hold as we all frantically try to find the hidden pictures first.
Get cooking. Staying warm is easy when you’re cooking up a storm. Let the kids choose their favorite recipe, for starters. Little ones can help measuring dry ingredients, while big kids can mix batters and fill cupcake tins. Here’s a recipe to get you started along with more tips for baking with kids.
makes one dozen
The holiday may be over, but these fragrant, spice-scented muffins are the perfect treat year-round with an icy glass of milk for the kids—and hot cup of coffee for mom.
2 cups (8.5 ounces) flour
1/2 cup (4 ounces) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon (11 grams) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) sea salt
1 teaspoon (4 grams) ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon (3 grams) ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground ginger
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) cold butter, cut into 12 pieces
1/2 cup (112 ml) molasses
1 cup (8 ounces/225 ml) buttermilk
2 teaspoons (10 grams) coarse sugar, for sprinkling tops (optional)