IT’S a Tokyo Snow Day so here are 20+ Ways to Have Fun! Most of the Schools are cancelled, or starting late. There is some great snow in Tokyo right now, but it will not last long so get out and enjoy it! If you kids are like mine, they are already heading outside to play in the white fluff, but do you have a plan when they return home? Here are 20+ Ways to Have Fun on a Tokyo Snow Day.
Tokyo Snow Day
1. Work with the Snow – I grew up in snow country, so the first call of duty was to shovel. If you do not own a shovel in Tokyo, a broom or hard piece of cardboard can get the job done with light snow. Even if you live in an apartment with a handyman or kanrinin who clears the path, offer to clear the neighbours path or clear a public sidewalk. Your neighbours will love you for it.
2. Snow Fun – This snow will not last long so head out early today to make snow angels and have a few snowball fights. Don’t forget your camera.
3. Capture some great photos – Tokyo covered with snow is rare so get out and capture some great photos. Visit a temple and take photos of the lanterns and statues topped with white beauty. Tokyo Snow Day photos are very special and rare.
4. Washi Tape City – Do you have a lot of washi tape or masking tape around the house? The tape outlines the streets that can go every which way. Let the kids make a city on the floor and furniture for their cars to drive.
5. Paint the Snow – Grab some empty spray bottles and add some water-based paints, or food color and water. Let the kids color the snow to their hearts delight – make sure not to get on any cars or buildings.
6. Go sleding – Grab some old cardboard boxes and find a slope or hill. It is not so easy to find a grassy hill covered with snow in Tokyo but many playgrounds have slopes and alley walkways will be abandoned today. Be creative but be safe. Always go with your kids to go sledding in Tokyo to prevent mishaps.
7. Snow Picnic – Grab that blue tarp from school park picnics, some extra blankets and have a picnic in the snow. You might get some funny looks, and the picnic may be shorter than normal, but it will be a memory.
8. Snowman Marshmallows – An easy quick treat. Put three jumbo marshmallows on a plate to create the snowman’s body, add chocolate chips for eyes and buttons and a piece of cereal for a nose. Then pop the entire snowman in the microwave for about 8 seconds. Take out and attach thin pretzel or long thin cookies for arms. Bet you your kids will love this warm, gooey and sticky treat!
9. Make a Snow Window – Great project to do today, since the real snow will probably be gone tomorrow. Easy to make project great for toddlers and early elementary. Here is a great tutorial from No Time for Flash Cards.
10. Polar Express – Grab a bunch of empty boxes and create a train in your home. How about the Shinkansen? Have your kids make train tickets and obento boxes, then read a story and let their travel imaginations go wild. My kids love playing “Polar Express”.
11. Make Moon Sand – Moon Sand is cool sensory change to play dough. Easy to make with just flour, cornstart and corn oil. Whip up a bunch and let the kids play – add essentional oils such as mint or lavender to make it even more enjoyable. Once done playing just put in a plastic zip bag and it can last for 2-3 months. Deails at wiki how.
12. Make homemade play dough – A favorite in our family! Easy to make. 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 tbsp. cream of tartar (can be substituted by baking soda), 2 tbsp. oil 1 cup water, food coloring (optional), scent or essential oils (cinnamon, vanilla, mint, etc. – also optional). In a saucepan, mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, scent ingredient, and oil. Slowly mix in water until it’s all smooth. Then turn the heat on medium and stir until it forms a ball of dough.Used a heat-resistant rubber spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan easily. Once a ball has formed remove from the pan and leave on wax paper or aluminum until it’s cool enough to touch.
13. Make homemade finger paints – A bit messy, but great fun! 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/3 cup of cornstarch, 2 cups water, 1/4 cup dishwashing soap, food coloring. Put the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and then slowly mix in cold water. Then cook the mixture over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until you have a smooth gel. Let cool and then add dishwashing soap. Divide into as many containers as you would like colors and then mix in food coloring drops until you have you desired color.
14. Make Balloon Marbles – This is a pretty cool project if you have some balloons at home and the temps stay below freezing. Fill up some balloons with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Tie securely and leave outside to freeze. Once frozen (make sure they are frozen through) cut the ballon and peel off the ice. You will have really beautiful ice marbles which are super fun to float in the bathtub. Here is a cool link at Tales of Mountain Mama that outlines the process ,
15. Indoor Snow Castles – Before the snow melts and gets really dirty grab a trash bags or bucket and go scoop some up. Put the snow in your bathtub give the kids sandbox toys and let them make snow castles.
16. Color Free Printables – So many websites have great color free printable – just down load and let the kids do the work. Mom and Dad need a break. Here are some great sites for printable. Hello Kids, Free Coloring Pages and DLTK
17. Make some cookies! – Here is a simple, but yummy recipe for sugar cookies. It does not matter what they look like, as long as you have fun and they taste great!
Sugar Cookie with Frosting Recipe (makes about 12 lg or 20 sm cookies)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 450 grams of powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons of meringue powder
- a touch of water to make glue like mixture
1. In one bowl mix sugar and butter together until fluffy, once fluffy add egg and vanilla extract and mix well
2. In another bowl add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well
3. Mix both bowl 1 (wet) and bowl 2 (dry) together and make into a well mixed ball of dough
4. Refrigerate the dough for 30-60 mins
5. Roll out dough on a floured surface, and form or cut into shapes
6. Cook at 200 celsius until slightly tan (about 8-10 mins)
7. Once cooled spread sugar frosting on top
18. Have the Kids Make a Home Video – Great time to interview your kids about Snow Days in Tokyo. Capture their feedback on why they Love Tokyo Snow Day. Post on social media to share with family and friends.
19. Spa Day -If you have girls who like to play dress-up try home spa day. Round up all your mani & pedi, facial and hair supplies and have fun.
20. Make Your Own Snow – Make snowflakes of your own. Take out the scissors and a stack of copy paper and let the kids go crazy. You can help them fold and cut snowflakes with multiple points or trace on a special pattern. Here are some special printable FROZEN snowflake templates from Disney.
21. Get a Jump Start on Valentines Day– Love making valentines with the kids for school. Today is a perfect day to start planning and doing. Here are some great Valentine ideas from Pintrest.
22. Visit a Great Tokyo Indoor Play Center – Most businesses will be open per normal today so enjoy the extra free day at one of our recommened Tokyo indoor play centers.
Tokyo Snow Day
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