This is proving to be a snowy Winter, therefore, I have been incarcerated, errr in, with the kids quite a bit. Prying their eyes from video is always an Olympic challenge so I've been reaching into my Mom's Bag Of Tricks to find indoor activities that will keep them busy. The Teen is usually happy playing his clarinet or reading a book, but keeping the very active Diva (8 years old) has been difficult. Here are some activities that have worked for me and will, hopefully, work for you:
- Bring the snowy fun inside. Just because it's cold
outside, doesn't mean the snow has to stay there! I grab a big ol'
lasagna dish and fill it with snow. The fun begins with building
snowy creatures, then we move into painting the snow using food
coloring and watercolors. After that, we use the snow to build “snow
castles” and finish by pouring the melted snow into the plants.
This kept Diva busy for about 2 hours yesterday!
Fill a pan.Diva's snowpuppies & snowlady.Diluted food coloring and even watercolors work well for paints.She achieved a pseudo Monet technique.
- Marshmallow Toss and Marshmallow Building. Note: the
Toss is better in a room with washable floors or put a plastic
coating, like an old shower curtain, down on the floor because this
can get a bit sticky. Throw marshmallows to see who can get them the
furthest. For Marshmallow Building, use them to build towers. You
can use spaghetti, skewers, or toothpicks to help connect them. Who
can build the tallest before it falls down?
- Have a scavenger hunt (here's the link to a previous
post I wrote in which I outlined how:
- Discover what's magnetic. Give your kid a magnet
and let him/her discover what in the house is magnetic. Furniture
handles, doorknobs, hooks, some jewelry are all candidates. If
you're really ambitious, you can then discuss the principles of
- Reinvent their bedrooms. Who doesn't like to re-do
their rooms? This project is all about making them happier,
plus, it might get them to clean their room. Invite your kids to
think outside the box and help them redecorate their rooms using
objects in the house. How can they gain more storage? Can they
section their room into a “reading nook” or “fashion table”?
What can they do to make their room better fit their needs?
- Build a tent. My daughter LOVES to do this! Grab some
old blankets and sheets and let the kids build a “Kids Only”
zone. With any luck, they'll stay in it for a bit.
- Pay the older kids to babysit the younger ones. It'll
give you an hour or two of peace and keep everyone occupied.
- String popcorn. Let the kids string some popcorn for
the outdoor critters and hang the “garland” over a bush or in a
- Play I Spy. Someone picks a color, shape, or item and
then says "I spy something..." The other players have to
guess what the lead player spies in the room.
- Have a Crazy Outfit Fashion Show. Grab a box of winter garb and other pieces of clothing. See who can come up with the craziest outfit.
Got any more suggestion? Add them in the Comments section!
Again, Chinese New Year crafts are coming tomorrow - I promise!