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EDMOND, Okla. – Friday’s snow day wasn’t quite what we expected...and rather than being trapped with a stir crazed nine-year- old, I got creative.

Funky food

Our regular Greek yogurt and granola snack was more unique than usual. With a little creativity and food coloring, Mini Me got a kick out of her purple strawberry yogurt.

Check out this tasty twist on PB&J and French toast. Juicy Juice fuses these two classics into a kid-approved treat. [http://juicyjuice.com/recipe/pbj-french- toast/] It may be better to prep this in the morning so kids have a full day to burn off the sugar and wild energy.

Keep ‘em busy

I’m always looking for age-appropriate fun on Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/ToniAllen1490/riyah-chanel/], and I came across so many screen-free activities for wintery weather like this.

The board games I bought Mini Me for Christmas definitely came in handy. We added a small wager: for each ship she sunk in Battleship, we added a dollar to her weekly allowance. It’s a small price to pay for a half hour of stillness.

Battle it out in the kitchen with pots, pans and utensils—it’s the ultimate sword fight! Make your own “snowballs” with loosely crumpled up paper wrapped and tied in Saran wrap. Colanders make great helmets, you know.

Toddlers with a love for hot wheels will have a blast with this masking tape speedway.

[http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/17823/build-a- track] Help your minis build their own track with whatever tape you have laying around the house. Although masking tape works best, we scrounge for whatever we can find on cold days like this.

Make your own (edible) play dough with ingredients in your cupboard. Mommy Poppins to the rescue with step-by- step instructions on this. [https://mommypoppins.com/weework-kids- craft-sensory-spice- play-dough] Bonus: the play dough should last about six months if stored properly.

Channel their inner adult

Mini Me is an old lady at heart, just like me. With caffeine-free Tazo passion fruit tea and a good book, she was a happy girl. She is currently loving A Series of Unfortunate Events…I’m surprised she doesn’t have her own Goodreads account yet.

If there are any Sew Cool kids ready for a new challenging project, Knit Witch [http://knitwitch.com] has helped Mini Me up her game. All it takes is a little yarn and extra patience.

What were you up to while the ice storm moved through OKC?

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