Looking for some fresh ways to make the final weeks of winter fun? Don’t let the cold air get you down – if you’re an Academic Year in America (AYA) host family, there are so many ways to make snowy days memorable for both you and your exchange student.
Here are 6 fun-filled winter or snow day activity ideas for you and your AYA exchange student:
1. Host a Game Night
Pick your top three favorite board or card games and host a friendly game night. Your exchange student may have never played some of your favorite games before, which will make them even more exciting.
2. Bake and Cook Together
Spend a chilly afternoon baking and cooking some of your favorite recipes. You and your exchange student will love learning about culinary culture while cooking a dish together. Similarly, you could pick up a few ingredients for one of your exchange student’s favorite recipes from home too.
3. Go Ice Skating
Spend an evening ice skating – either outside or at a local indoor ice rink. This is a great way to both get active in the winter and to create fun memories with your exchange student.
4. Have a Snow Sculpture Competition
Don’t know what to do with the snow piled up on your lawn? Host a snow sculpture competition! Bring your family into the yard and split into teams to see who makes the best sculpture. While the snow may melt, the fun-filled memories could last for years to come.
5. Visit a Local Museum
Cold, wintry days are the perfect time to visit a local museum! See if any museums or galleries are open in your community and spend a day visiting. If there aren’t any close-by, you could always take a driving tour and point out local spots of historical significance.
6. Make Indoor S’mores
Even after all of these fun winter activities, you might still be stuck hoping for summer. If that’s the case, heat up a chilly night by making s’mores! Roast marshmallows over the grill, your fireplace, or in the microwave. Then, grab some graham crackers, layer on chocolate bars, and enjoy an American summer tradition with your exchange student.
It’s easy to feel like the weather may have you and your exchange student stuck doing the same old same old – but don’t let the cold, grey months get you down! Spend your next few weekends enjoying activities like those listed above and you’re sure to make this winter one that your exchange student won’t soon forget.
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