A week's worth of activities for kids to fend off the winter blahs

Here is a week's worth of indoor and outdoor activities to do with your kids to keep you occupied until the thaw.

2. Create a different kind of snow angel

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Eion Howley and Aedan Salvador make snow angels following a winter nor'easter snow storm in Boxford, Massachusetts on January 3.

Clearing the snow off the car is the worst, except for those who take advantage of the blank canvas for face prints. One father and daughter in Virginia made their own brand of snow angels by pressing their faces to the snow on their car, and taking a picture of the prints with their iPhone with the flash turned off. The results were 3-D face prints on the window. The family tweeted the results.

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