7 snowy-day DIY projects to keep kids (and grown-ups) entertained

Stay busy while you're stuck at home

With winter storm Stella roaring up the East Coast this week, Americans are gearing up for over a foot of snow. Because the weather will shut down many commutes, we can look forward to spending some quality time at home with the family. Which makes this a perfect time to tackle those snowy-day DIY projects!

Whether you prefer to huddle indoors or enjoy the snowfall outside, to teach kids basic science or craft some complex builds, this list of seven projects should include something for everyone. Let DIY keep your household occupied before, during, and after the storm.

A storm can be a learning opportunity. Rig up a device to monitor the amount of snowfall, and you can compare your measurements to those of the pros. This snow-measuring “device” can be as simple as a yardstick to measure depth or a modified scale to measure weight. For a sturdier build capable of standing up to a blizzard’s gusts, you can craft a standing snow gauge.
To steady your snowball slingshot, you can either make your own base or attach the apparatus to a sled.

by Theodore Gray

Blizzards bring not just snow, but strong winds. Keep an eye on the wind’s direction with this kid-friendly wind vane. Bear in mind that it uses light, cheap materials like cardboard and straws, so it might not survive too many icy blasts. If you’re being hit by a truly blustery blizzard, it might be best to save this particular project for a more temperate day—or at least fasten it down with heavier materials.
Got some real maple syrup? Got some fresh snow? Boom, you have all the ingredients you need to make tasty snow candy. When you drizzle boiled syrup into cold snow, it will harden into whatever pattern you please. This project will particularly appeal to kids and those with an artistic bent, but an adult should be the one to handle the molten sugar. Simply follow these candy-making instructions for homemade sugary goodness.