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How to Have a Pretend Snow Day With Preschoolers

by Jennie Dalcour, studioD

Whether your weather is cold and frightful or warm and delightful, today is the perfect time for a “snow” day with your cuddle bug preschooler. Preschoolers love imaginary play. These years are filled with magic and imagination. Take advantage of these magic times by pretending to have a snow day. Your preschooler can help you imagine a snowy winter wonderland in the comfort of your own home. Even if the mercury is rising outside, you and your little one will be ready for winter fun indoors.

Set the stage for snowy winter fun, no matter the season. If the real weather is warm, turn down your thermostat to create a chilly atmosphere. Place blankets in the living room to fend off the chill. Spray window with a can of artificial snow spray for an authentic frosty appeal. Spray an outline of a snowman with the snow spray on your child’s mirror before she wakes up for a charming morning surprise. Hang homemade paper snowflakes from the ceiling. Don't worry about the mess; you can clean it up tomorrow!

Create festive winter-themed meals. Eat snowflake tortillas for breakfast. Warm a large flour tortilla in the microwave and fold into fourths. Cut the edges with clean scissors to make a snowflake shape when open it, just like a paper snowflake. Fry the tortilla in a pan with oil or melted butter, just until golden. Remove from the pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar for a fresh snowfall effect. For lunch, cut sandwiches into snowman shapes with round cookie cutters.

Let chilly winter wonderland inspire you to get crafty! Print out pictures of winter landscapes and have your preschooler brush on a mixture of half glue and half water with a paintbrush. Sprinkle white glitter to look like snow. Create a snowman by gluing together various sizes of white pom poms. Use a permanent marker to make the eyes, nose, and buttons.

Have an indoor “snowball” fight. Crumple a couple dozen pieces of white paper into balls to be snowballs. Place a table on its side or a large cardboard box in the middle of your living room to act as a dividing line. Give your preschooler half the snowballs and have her stay on one side of dividing line. Take the other side of the room and let the snowballs fly!

Finish the day with a winter movie marathon. Curl up on the couch with your preschooler and mugs of hot chocolate to watch movies like Happy Feet or The Polar Express. Spend the last few minutes of the day soaking up this magic moment.

Items you will need
  •  Blankets
  •  Artificial snow spray
  •  Paper
  •  Scissors
  •  Tortillas
  •  Oil or butter
  •  Powdered sugar
  •  Sandwiches
  •  Cookie cutters
  •  Printed winter pictures
  •  Paintbrush
  •  Glue
  •  White glitter
  •  White pom poms
  •  Permanent marker
  •  Hot chocolate

About the Author

Jennie Dalcour began writing Internet content in 2009. She has worked several years in the telecommunications industry and in sales and marketing. She has spent many years teaching young children and has spent over four years writing curriculum for churches. She is now pursuing a Masters of Arts in clinical psychology at Regent University and has ample experience with special needs children.

Photo Credits

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