5 Travel-themed crafts and snow day activities for kids

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My 13-year-old daughter loves snow. In fact, when she attended a brick and mortar school she loved it so much that she was downright jubilant when our local meteorologist would hint of an impending snowstorm. She’d sit in front of the television and watch the list of school closings that continuously scrolled along the bottom of the screen. I swear she’d hold her breath in the hopes that her school’s status would change from delayed to closed.

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On those happy occasions that school was closed, as soon as we received word of the good news, she’d bounce around the house doing her happy dance. I could predict down to the minute when her happy mood would change to boredom if heading outside wasn’t an option due to crazy-cold weather conditions. I also knew when boredom had hit as this was always the question I’d hear: “Hey Mama, what do you want to do now?”

Snow day activities for kids

The kid has always loved crafting and role playing, whether it be drawing comic books, painting pottery, or when she was younger, playing dress up. Her countless hours in the backseat on road trips have honed her drawing skills and creativity while trying to occupy herself while Mama is driving. To encourage her love of artistic expression and travel, we love making crafts with a travel theme. Here’s Five fun travel-themed crafts and activities that are a blast to make on snow days and use only a handful of items.

Snap a few glow sticks, add them to the tub, and you've got an instant party! Please remember, never leave those kiddos unattended!

Snap a few glow sticks, add them to the tub and you’ve got an instant party! Please remember, never leave those kiddos unattended!

Crack a few glow sticks, throw them in the tub with your kids in their swimsuits and have a ball

My daughter loved the tub when she was younger. Heck, she still loves soaking in the tub to this day! It’s easy to turn your tub into a beach-themed pool party with a few glow sticks, swimsuits and some fun music. Once the glow sticks are cracked, add them to the balmy tub water and turn off the lights- instant nighttime swim ambiance!

Just use what you have around the house- trinkets, paper scraps, and a few printed photos from your travels and the kids will have a ball making their own travel scrapbook! Photo courtesy of flickr/Shimelle Laine

Just use what you have around the house- trinkets, paper scraps and a few printed photos from your travels and the kids will have a ball making their own travel scrapbook! Photo courtesy of flickr/Shimelle Laine

Print out a few photos of your last vacation and let the kids go crazy with their own scrapbooking pages.

Printing off a few photos from past vacations using regular printer paper is a fun way to let younger kids join in on the scrapbooking craze. Let them decorate with crayons, markers, glitter…you name it! Use your hole punch to make three holes down the left sides of the pages after they’ve dried and tie with three pieces of yarn, ribbon or even shoelaces.

It doesn't have to always be perfect, it just has to be from the heart.

It doesn’t have to always be perfect, it just has to be from the heart.

Make a paper map photo frame

This is a great activity is you have a bunch of inexpensive or old picture frames hanging around the house and want to make a travel photo collage for one of your walls. Using old maps, remove the glass portion of the frame and wrap the map around the frame itself, folding and gluing as you go along. Want to get really creative? Try to coordinate the map with the photo you will be using.

Snow Days are great days to start planning your next warm-weather vacation!

Snow Days are great days to start planning your next warm-weather vacation!

Start planning your next vacation online!

Work out a mock itinerary, make lists of places to visit, even make wish lists of places to travel.

There’s no time like the present  to start thinking about your family’s next vacation if you’re stuck indoors on a snow day. You and the kids can sit around the computer screen and narrow down a few travel options, or take a “virtual vacation” by heading to YouTube and looking up POVs of Disney World. Hit the full screen option and you may just feel like you’re sitting on a bench in Magic Kingdom people watching.

With a few pieces of sea glass, a hot glue gun, and an inexpensive picture frame, you'll have an art piece that will be begging to be hung on your wall! Photo courtesy of flickr/Akuppa John Wigham

With a few pieces of sea glass, a hot glue gun and an inexpensive picture frame, you’ll have an art piece that will be begging to be hung on your wall! Photo courtesy of flickr/Akuppa John Wigham

Sea shell or beach glass collector? Make a beach-themed photo frame

Did I mention I love family travel photos? Here’s another easy craft idea to motivate you to hang all of those awesome beach photos you’ve been collecting by using beach souvenirs! We love collecting sea glass and tiny shells on our vacations to the beach and instead of keeping them in a jar or glass canister, we hot glue them to photo frames. This one’s definitely a parent “hands-on” type of craft as it uses a hot glue gun, but you can let the kids pick out which shell or piece of sea glass to add next.

What’s your top tip for keeping boredom at bay on a snow days?

Karyn Locke
Karyn Locke is a former military brat who caught the travel bug at a very early age, Karyn loves road tripping with her family and writing about her travels from small town Ohio at Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between! You can also find her working on Trekaroo.com as the Marketing and Social Media Guroo and newly-appointed Mid-America Guroo.
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