Snow Day Activities in Your Kitchen
You wake up and peek outside and it's a winter wonderland: The streets are quiet, covered in snow, and there's a tranquil hush that's fallen across the neighborhood. This peaceful silence is interrupted, however, when your kids come bounding down the stairs, ready to enjoy every minute of their snow day.
Keep them entertained with these easy and fun snow day activities you can do in your kitchen.
What's better than dipping a bunch of tasty foods in melted chocolate? The Oster® DuraCeramic 3-Qt Fondue Pot has all the essentials for perfect snow day fondue and features a non-stick ceramic coating to make clean-up a snap. To start, plug in your fondue pot and pour 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips into a saucepan over low heat. Add 3/4 cup of whipping cream, and stir until the chocolate is fully melted. Transfer the mixture into your fondue pot where it will stay melted and warm. Cut up your kids' favorite fruit - pineapple, bananas, strawberries and apple slices go particularly well with chocolate - and arrange on a platter. You can also add in other dippable treats like small cubes of angel food cake and marshmallows. Then give a fondue fork to each of your kids and let them dig in - within reason, of course! For a tasty alternative to chocolate, try cheese fondue. Just melt 3 cups of shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese with 1 cup of milk or light cream in a saucepan and then transfer to the fondue pot. Serve with French bread slices and broccoli.
Paint a Snow Masterpiece
Kids will love letting their artistic spirits run wild with this creative activity. Gather a small plastic bin for each of your kids - you can also use 9-inch x 9-inch pans. Fill each bin with a few inches of fresh snow from outside. For easiest clean-up, you can arrange the bins on the kitchen floor or counter on top of a water-resistant tablecloth. Food coloring makes the perfect paint for the snow. The kids can use the little bottles of dye to "paint," or you can pour the food dye into small bowls and have them use paintbrushes. Make sure to take a photo of their creations when they're done, since the snow won't last forever!
A warm mug of hot chocolate is the perfect complement to a snow day, and it will taste even better in a mug that you and your kids decorated. Use plain white ceramic mugs for best results. To decorate the mugs, all you need are oil-based paint markers,which are easily found at craft stores and will jazz up the mugs without making a mess. Let your kids' imaginations run wild as they decorate their mugs with drawings, colorful patterns or favorite quotes. Let the mugs dry for an hour, then bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Once the time's up, carefully remove them from the oven and let them sit overnight before using.