"The biggest thing, sitting at home, is to find ways to be creative and imaginative," one teacher of the year says.
Inevitably, it happens.
Winter conditions come and eager young faces press their faces to the window in hopes they will hear those magic words: School is closed.
Sure, two hours late is nice, but it doesn't have the magic of a snow day, where suddenly school is gone, replaced by the familiarity of fun at home.
The question soon becomes though, how do you spend the day, where often times people can feel cooped up at home as winds blow?
Minesota's Alisha Galle, a Woodson Kindergarten Center teacher and 2019 Teacher of the Year, is pretty familiar with snow days. The 13-year-teaching veteran has seen her fair share of days brought to stop by winter weather.
And as a mother of four with children ranging in age from two to 10 years old, she's been faced with the challenge of finding something to keep her own kids busy.
Galle suggests that a good way to spend a snow day, especially with younger children in a day and age when technology is readily available, is find ways to let the imagination go.
"The biggest thing, sitting at home, is to find ways to be creative and imaginative," she said. "Try and build and foster imaginative play."
It's really not that different from how she teaches her classes.
"A lot of the time I find it's using a lot of the skills I teach them in class," Galle said.
To that end, Galle creates stashes of different creative materials around the house to ensure the kids having something to do on a moments notice.
This includes different colored paper, crayons, smelly markers.
"I've done this for so long, it's pretty easy to pull this stuff out on the fly," Galle said.
So, here are some ideas Galle suggests to keep your own children happy and active after the moment the call comes in: no school today.
Indoor snow fight
Crumple paper balls. To connect it to learning, you can write words, letters or numbers on the paper and set a timer. After the timer goes off, read the words/letters/numbers/ on your side of the room.
Flashlight scavenger hunt
Hide letters, numbers or word cards around the house and turn off the lights. Kids use the flashlights to locate the cards.
When the family gets outside in the summer, sometimes that includes a picnic. With the family home on a snow day, why not do the same thing, but instead spread a blanket out on the living room floor and have an indoor picnic.
Build a fort out of blankets
Who hasn't, as a child, pulled together the table chairs, draped some sheets over them and claimed the living room with the fort as the centerpiece?
Become an engineer
Build towers out of marshmallows and toothpicks or build car ramps out of a stack of books and a cookie sheet.