• English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
Back to Firefly Blog

It’s a Snow Day! Or… How To Entertain a SN Child When Their Routine is Stuffed

It’s a Snow Day! Or… How To Entertain a SN Child When Their Routine is Stuffed

The white cold stuff has arrived in Staffordshire and the countryside looks stunning.

Once the initial excitement from the Small One at the presence of snow and the confirmation that school is closed for the day has passed, the inevitable boredom sets in.

And the sense of parental panic begins to build.

Sam thrives on routine. He does not enjoy his routine being disrupted and he loves school.

Once he realises that school is cancelled but Mummy still has to go to work, he starts to pout.

This child wants BOTH parents home to play.

Poor Daddy has to somehow entertain this non-verbal mini-dictator, who like anyone else gets bored with any one toy or activity with remarkable speed.

Que the increasingly frustrating game of guesswork to identify what the little chap would like to do next.

If all else fails, the Electronic Babysitter (a.k.a. the TV) goes on, if for no other reason but to allow one frazzled parent to top up on the caffeine and go for a wee.

We have a hierarchy of things To Do in situations such as this.

We start with offering a choice of toys. Once he’s had enough of choice 1, he chooses another toy or some arts/crafts.

After that, its another toy or cartoons. The ultimate toy choice however, when all else fails to make him smile, is Lego. Lego is Sams most favourite toy ever.

My little Master Builder loves nothing more than sitting with Daddy, putting bricks together.

If he’s tired, he’ll lie down but still watch Daddy at work. And with some luck, before he loses interest in this activity Mummy will be on her way home to relieve Daddy, and to get out the story book complete with silly voices.

If all else fails, building a pillow fort within which to build Lego is always a winner.

While we can’t stop days like this when routine just goes to chaos, we can at least ensure that we get through it with Sam entertained, and our sanity (just about) intact.

Now, would someone be so kind as to pass some coffee, while I keep my fingers crossed for a swift return to school tomorrow?!

Firefly Blog

Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by special needs parents and
healthcare professionals.

Carolyn Voisey

Meet Our Blogger

Mum to one incredible little dude, I work full time in higher education and have my own small business as a jewellery designer/creator. I love nothing more than having time with my family, being outside and with my animals (chickens, cats, dog..!).

View Carolyn’s Profile

Become a Firefly Blogger

Would you like to write for Firefly? Join our blogger network of parents, therapists and professionals.

Get In Touch

Become a subscriber today

Join over 40,000 subscribers to our weekly newsletter with insightful articles just when you need them.

Join Mailing List

By using our site you agree to our use of cookies. Click here for more info.

Accept & Close

No Interest if paid in full in 4 months on

Purchases on £99+

UK Customers only. Subject to credit approval. See terms below

Paypal Credit

Pay now or pay over time with PayPal Credit. Just use PayPal Credit in PayPal checkout.

Subject to credit approval.

Purchases of £99+:

No Interest if paid in full in 4 months on purchases of £99 or more.

  • A minimum monthly payment is required and may or may not pay off the promotional purchase by the end of the 4-month period.
  • No interest will be charged on the purchase if you pay it off in full within 4 months. If you do not, interest will be charged on the purchase from the purchase date at the Purchase APR applicable to your account.
  • Any remaining balance due after the 4-month promotional period or any transactions under £99 will be charged interest at 19.9% p.a. (variable).

Purchases of £98.99 or less:

Buy now and pay over time with PayPal Credit when you spend £98.99 or less.

  • If you pay your balance in full each month by the payment due date that is on your statement, you can avoid paying interest.
  • Or, make minimum monthly payments, or any additional amount of your choosing, until you've paid off your balance according to your standard account terms. Please note, interest charges may apply.
  • We'll send you email reminders when your payments are due. You can also keep track of your account and view your statements online at any time.

About PayPal Credit

  • PayPal Credit is a reusable credit line available on purchases at thousands of stores that accept PayPal. It's also available for purchases on eBay and exclusively at thousands of other online stores. Plus, it comes with the same security and flexibility you trust from PayPal.
  • In order to maintain the 0% offer, you need to keep up monthly repayments and stay within your credit limit. Credit subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. UK residents only.

Please wait...