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How to Host a Nana Snow Day

We waited a while for the snow to come this year, and now it’s making up for it! With all the snow, there are times school gets cancelled and parents are scrambling with the change of plans. Nana to the rescue!

Michele Bettridge, also known as the “Giddy Grandma” shares her ideas for a special snow day at grandma’s house by using a simple formula of the “FOUR Cs” to keep everyone engaged.



The first C is COMPETITION.  Create competitions that can teach grandkids some new skills, including the skill of winning and losing.  Nerf gun wars, hula hops, indoor obstacle courses and board games are just a few. Make a trophy of some sort to award the winner or the best sport, etc.

The second C is COOKING. Involve the grandkids in the food preparations. Keep it simple by allowing them to help make lunch or snacks. Make it festive with some snowman paper products.

The third C is CREATE.  Creation is one of the best self-esteem builders. From snow globes to dough or clay snowmen, the goal is to get the kids using their imaginations.

The fourth C is CHALLENGE. Challenge the kids do work on something that supports a growth in mindset, learning new values or a new skill. Reading books is a great activity for the challenge.

Michele Bettridge is a Nana to 8 grandchildren (plus 3 bonus grandkids and 1 bonus great-grandchild). She started a blog called “Giddy Grandma” and a social media account with Facebook and Instagram in 2013 to share ideas with other grandmas to encourage them to “lean in” when it comes to building relationships with their grandkids.

She can be found on social media platforms and many of her printables can be found on Etsy.  She and her husband Steve live in Riverdale.  She still works full-time with the elderly as a life coach for those navigating dementia and then tries to spend as much time as she can planning the next event or party for her grands.

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