We've been experiencing some crazy weather and have been homebound pretty much this whole week. Schools everywhere are closed, activities closed, and moms everywhere are stuck inside with their children trying to keep them entertained. (What was it like years and years ago when there was no TV?!?!) Thank goodness we live in the 21st century and we have all the modern conveniences that can help us moms out who are just trying to SURVIVE on these days!!! I got some excellent ideas on Facebook on easy, fun activities to keep the little ones engaged (or at least busy!)
We're in survival mode around here so there has been WAAAAY too much TV. Oh well, I don't think it's done any lasting damage. ;) But, even the TV can get a little old for my kids, so I had to have a back-up plan. Here are some of the things we’ve been doing to fill our long days of being stuck inside.
1. BAKE!!!! One of my favorite things to do and I feel that when we're iced in I have a good excuse to eat those baked goods. (I'll be posting 2 such delectables on my recipe blog.)
2. Make a Fort and use flashlights, tunnels, toys, etc.
3. Make mini-marshmallow creations, and of course do some snacking.
(Reid actually just wanted to snack, so in my effort to show him how to connect the marshmallows, the creation you see was pretty much mine) :)
4. Do a "science experiment" - collect some ice blocks in a tupperware bowl, ask your child what he/she thinks will happen to the ice when we bring it inside to warmer air, let it sit, then they see that it melts, ask what they think will happen when you put it back outside, and check later to see that it has turned back to ice. (Rinse, Repeat)
5. Cut out shapes from different colored paper and have your child create a picture using the shapes. (We talked before about what kinds of pictures he could create)
6. Play drums on pots using wooden spoons. (naked, of course)
These are just a few things that we have done. Here's a long list of activities that can help provide some ideas of what to do on these days:
Color with Markers,
Color on Newspaper,
Finger paint with pudding in the tub,
Take uncooked rice and beans and put in a container with cars and cups in it,
Cheerio or Fruit Loop necklaces,
Shaving cream or cool whip in the tub,
Wash play cars in the sink,
"Snowball fight" with rolled up socks or cotton balls,
Hike through the house and play "I Spy,"
Look outside and play "I Spy" of what God made,
Snowflake crafts with coffee filters,
Indoor scavenger hunt,
Create a small town using blocks, cars, trucks, and rooms in your house
Good luck! May you stay sane and not driven to drink!*
*Kidding, of course. We all love our little darlings and would spend every waking moment with them if we could. * ;)