Who doesn’t love a good snow day where you get to stay home from work and school all snuggled up by the fire, drinking hot cocoa, and watching your favorite movie as snow quietly falls outside your window? Aaahhh, so nice. Well, unfortunately, in my world that no longer happens now that I have four little kids who generally don’t like to sit still or be quiet for more than five minutes (without being duct taped…I’m completely kidding…mostly kidding).
Snow days for us look more like this: the oldest three are up by 5am because, basically, snow days are on equal status with Christmas so they don’t want to miss one single second of it. The first hour is spectacular! They all want to go outside and play in the 1 inch of snow that fell overnight and mommy gets to sip some coffee in peace (without even having to reheat it!). They are all having a blast until someone takes a face plant into the snow and realizes just how truly cold and wet it is, so she comes running into the house crying. Shortly thereafter her brother comes in crying because no one will play outside with him. Sigh. It’s only 7am. And, this is how the first of our three “snow” days began.
Over the next two days there was all this talk on the news about the treacherous weather coming our way that was sure result in large accumulations of snow. Well, that never actually happened for us. We were fortunate in many ways because so many people lost power and were stranded. We, on the other hand, were just far enough south that all we got was a huge dumping of rain. So, even though there wasn’t snow, we were still stuck inside.
By day three, we were all done. My oldest daughter was having a sobbing fit by 6:30 in the morning and my son was half comatose on the couch from sheer boredom. I realized that something needed to change. We were all restless and needed to burn some energy. I was trying to think of a creative way to do that. My kids love to watch videos of themselves and a friend had just sent me a workout video where the mom used her kids. Genius!
I decided we would make a “snow day” workout video! I let the kids pick some of the exercises we would do (crab walk and bear crawl were their picks) and I would use them as my added weight for the other exercises. They loved it! We had so much fun making our video that before we knew it, it was almost lunch time! Yes! Not only had we passed the morning with no more tantrums, we had a ton of fun and even got some exercise in, too! And, the added bonus was that 3 of the 4 kids took naps that day (our oldest no longer naps).
So, if you find yourself stranded at home with your kids, consider doing your own fun, family workout. It doesn’t have to be anything formal or fancy. You can just dance (one of my favorite forms of exercise, by the way)! But, if you are searching for some ideas, I just so happen to have a little video for you that is guaranteed to get your heart rate up and even make you a little sore the next day. Without further ado, here’s our “Snow Day Workout with Kids” video!