Chicago Blizzard 2011: Ways to Keep Kids Busy in a Snowstorm

Chicago Blizzard 2011. Predicted to be one of the biggest storms of historic magnitude, the likes of which they have not seen in decades. If you are like so many in the Chicago area you are probably wondering what things you can do with your kiddos while stuck inside. What are things you can do to keep kids busy in a snowstorm can be invaluable. As the kids watch the snowfall they automatically want to go outside. Here are a few things we found to keep the kids busy!

Keep reading after the jump to view ways to keep your kids busy in a snowstorm!

Cook together

Cooking can be a fun activity for any age. You have to fix meals anyway so why not let the kids help. Youngsters are old enough to stir or add some ingredients (always with supervision). Teens and older kids can take a cue from television shows by having their own cooking contest. The adults in the household get to judge the results.


Making up stories is a way to keep kids busy in a snowstorm that they may enjoy. Younger children will enjoy hearing the stories. Older elementary children can have fun writing their own “I survived the blizzard” story or poem.

Create music

Why not create a musical instrument? If you have several kids you can have your own band. It’s one of the more unique ways to keep kids busy in a snowstorm. Use empty oatmeal containers for drums or put pennies or beans into butter tub or can to secure the lid. Older kids can research instrument making on the internet to create something with a little higher quality.


Cleaning their room isn’t necessarily at the top of the kids to-do list but has to be done. Put your snowbound captives to good use. Put everything they’ve outgrown into large bags to donate to charity after the spring thaw.

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