Fun ideas to make use of a snow day

02/04/2014 12:00 AM

02/03/2014 4:41 PM

Winter storms are Mother Nature’s way of saying, “Chill.”

Use the bonus free time to try these purely for-fun ideas.

1. Build a snow-hurdle course and time each other running through it.

2. Instead of making a traditional snowman, challenge kids to create a sculpture they can play on, like a snow car or a snow boat.

3. Make snow dough: This sparkly play dough has a slightly powdery texture just like real snow. Even better, it won’t dry out if it’s left uncovered (after nearly a month, our test batch was still usable). In a small bowl, stir 2 cups cornstarch into 1/3 cup vegetable oil. With your fingers, knead in 6 tablespoons iridescent white glitter. If the dough is too dry, add more oil one tablespoon at a time, up to two tablespoons, until the dough is soft but a little crumbly. Makes 2 cups of non-edible dough.

4. Head indoors for hot vanilla (stir 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into a cup of warm milk) and curl up for a reading of Ezra Jack Keats’s classic book “The Snowy Day.”

5. Make snow ice cream.

Bonnie Aeschliman, owner of Cooking at Bonnie’s Place in Wichita, offers these directions. First, you get yourself some really clean snow. (Go where no animal has visited.) Scrap off the top layer so you know you are getting really clean snow. Scoop a big batch of snow up in a large bowl. Then you take it to the kitchen and stir in enough cream to make it like ice cream. Sweeten it with a little sugar and stir in some vanilla. And you’ve got to eat it right away. It won’t keep long.

Now, if you want chocolate snow ice cream, stir a little chocolate syrup into it. For strawberry, you can stir in some crushed berries or some really good strawberry jam.

Contributing: Eagle staff

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