Its been ridiculously cold here lately, and with cabin fever setting in, kids running through the house screaming, I knew I had to do something…something drastic, something completely out of my comfort zone… I’ve seen this on several blogs and I apologize at this point, I don’t remember where! But I grabbed our workboxes, went outside, whined because it was cold, and filled the boxes with snow!

I had the kids grab some of our plastic toy, cups and spoons, and said “Have at it ankle biters!” They gave me a weird look, but then realized that I’d just given them permission to play with snow…INSIDE!

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This may have been one of the best ideas I’ve tried all year! They played quietly until all the snow had melted, about 30-45min, I’m not sure as I was blogging ;o)

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And here’s the best part, there was literally NO cleanup. Just a couple drops of water on the floor and that was it! So for all you who’ve posted this idea on your blogs, I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my ‘seriously in need of a break’ heart!


  1. I KNOW! We did this awhile ago on a very cold day and it kept my 2 occupied for 1 1/2 hours! If you get really daring-add food coloring next time. We got out bowls and they were fascinated with transferring the water/snow back and then the color…awesome!

  2. I did this with my 19 month old when we were snowed in and going stir crazy for about 2 weeks. We woke up this morning and we are snowed in once again, looks like when we begin to have a meltdown I will set this up. I gave her a spoon and bowl full, but I am going to try the tub and bath toys this time!!! Glad you got your much needed break 🙂

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