There’s nothing quite like a snow day to get kids up and out of bed earlier than almost any other day of the year. Even the sleepiest of sleepyheads can’t seem to resist the promise of an unexpected, school-free day.
But once the initial thrill wears off, how do you keep your kids entertained during all that free time (and divert their attention from the television)? With no chance to prep activities, snow days can mean a whole lot of extra stress for busy parents.
Fortunately, we’re no strangers to snow days here in New Hampshire so we’ve collected tons of ideas from Pinterest for creative crafts and activities. Here are some of our favorites:
Kids Get Crafty: Ice Ornaments
Find more ideas for winter activities in our Fun Kids’ Projects board on Pinterest.
Sharing Warmth and Joy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® And families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Because of this incredible commitment, St. Jude is very close to our hearts.
In honor of National Mitten Day today, and to celebrate our St. Jude Merry Mittens Campaign, we were honored to lend our support to the cause and donate a collection of colorful mittens and hats to St. Jude for its winter-themed Mitten Party. The children and their families made gingerbread-house crafts, enjoyed treats of mitten-shaped pops, and picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.
So today, on National Mitten Day, we’re asking for your help in supporting an incredible cause.
Through December 24, you can make a donation to St. Jude just by taking a picture outside bundled up in your coziest winter gear (and don’t forget your mittens!). Upload your mitten photo to Instagram, or here, with #stjudemerrymittens and we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude (up to $15,000).
Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude.
The photos from the event brought a lot of smiles to us here at the Garnet Hill offices, and we thought you’d enjoy seeing them too.
A young St. Jude patient, hard at work on his gingerbread house.
What a treat! Handmade mitten pops were provided for all to enjoy.
It was a lighthearted afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.
The patients and their siblings picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.
Now through December 24, you can get cozy for a wonderful cause. We invite you to head outside and share a photo showing off your mittens and winter gear on Instagram using #StJudeMerryMittens or here.
Every photo is a winner! For every one shared, we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® (up to $15,000).
Not ready to brave the cold?
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.
Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Take a look at others who are showing off their mittens to support by browsing the #StJudeMerryMittens photo gallery.
We caught up with Campbell M. — one of three winners of the 2016 Slipper Boot Design Contest.
Campbell recently received her handmade Seal Slipper Boots prize. This is what she had to say about her design process and her winning Slipper Boot style.
“My Love of seals and Hawaii were my inspiration. When I first saw the slippers I was so excited and I love all the detail. It was a lot of fun telling all my friends and family that I was one of the winners. Everyone has been really supportive and excited for me.”
— Campbell, Winner & Seal Slipper Boot Designer
Stay tuned — there’s more fun to come!
Here’s something fun for the kids — meet Bernice!
I am a goat.
I live in Mongolia.
I live far away – how far?
My name is Bernice.
I’m the one with the bangs.
The goats you see here,
are the rest of my gang.
The one with his eyes closed?
That’s my pal Danny.
We play hide and goat seek
‘til called by our nanny.
We’re not just mere goats,
you see, we’re cashmere.
The sweater you love,
it may come from here.
Is it softer than soft?
Is it warmer than warm?
You’re wearing the same
cashmere fleece that I’ve worn.
Each year in the spring,
the herdsmen will trim.
They’ll give me a haircut.
It tickles, by Jim!
My fleece does grow back
before winter, don’t worry.
I’m programmed for warmth –
I’m head-to-toe furry.
They comb out my fleece,
the fleece of Bernice,
and soon they spin yarns
as soft as you please.
Then they knit you a sweater –
you’ve never looked better!
When asked by your friends,
or your cousins, or niece,
“Where did you get it?
That oh-so-soft fleece?”
Just tell them this tale
of your new friend, Bernice.
Get ready, get set — pack! From adventure-ready designs bursting with style and personality to accessories that (literally) have her name on them, our top picks for camp are ready to accompany her every adventure.
Personalized Camp Tote
Great for hauling her beach, pool, and shower essentials
One-Piece and Rashguard Set
For her to splash (and stay protected) in the sun
Keen Whisper Sandals
A colorful, rugged style for her most active days
Green Cotton Essentials
Sporty pieces to mix and match for everyday play
From party crafts to fun recipes, get inspired with our kids’ 6 Weeks of Summer Adventure board on Pinterest.
For Six Weeks of Summer Adventure!
Check off her packing list with ease and style — find everything she needs for camp, sleepovers, the beach, and whatever the summer brings!