Monthly Archives: January 2015

Well, that playtime in the snow was nice, Now What?

Hopefully our last blog post Snow Day Fun led to a magical day of playing in the snow!

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It seems another round of snow is upon us. Break out the last post, enjoy the snow and then when they’re too cold, and someone gets snow up their sleeve, or a snow-covered ice ball to the face, bring them inside, wipe away the frozen boogers and check out our new post about spending the rest of the day inside (where it is WARM!).
Here are some great tips for keeping busy and keeping sane while avoiding……

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Make Valentines for the Grandparents (or other loved ones)

You know who loves a handmade gift? Grandma and Grandpa, Nana, Gramps, Poppy, Mia, Grammy or whatever you call them. They all LOVE handmade items from the kids with positively no regard for the workmanship (as it should be with grandparents). What a great opportunity to burn off some creative energy with the kids and make a lovely gift for the upcoming holiday.

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Here is a blog that has 30, count ’em 30 ideas! Some of my favorites were the make-your-own crayons and the heart garland.


Make Bird Feeders

When it’s cold outside, birds have to work extra hard to find food and stay warm.
Here are some blogs with clever ideas and clear pictures for making them.  Kids can build something and feel good about helping the birds.

1) Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
This is a great way to recycle some old items. I bet it would work well with clean paint stirrers instead of wooden spoons as well.

Click here for directions on how to make it

2) Recycled Materials Feeders
This blog focuses on using recycled materials like empty milk cartons to make the feeders. Change those pumpkins to snowflake stickers and you’re in business!

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Click here for directions on this and 4 other plans!

3) Heart Shaped Valentine Feeders 
Here is an early Valentine you can make for loved ones while you are cooped up in the house! These are so sweet and can be made into any shape depending on what you have in the kitchen.

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Click here for the blog post. This was one of the more informative blogs I have come across about this!

Sing a Song

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This blog has a long list of adorable songs to sing and dance to set to tunes we all already know. Click here for the full list.

Lego
Some indoor ideas are tried and true for a reason and Legos are a great go- to in bad weather. Here are some links that have free printable plans for legos, which can give new life to a tired old Lego set. I even included an educational one (maybe you can sneak them in somewhere).

Balloon Powered Lego Car

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Make a Lego Maze

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Lego Free Instructions– Lego’s website has free plans for most if not all of their sets!

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Indoor Scavenger Hunt

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 Click here for the list! This blog gives some good starter ideas as well as suggestions for coming up with your own custom lists.

 

Fun with Everyday Items

This blog has some great ideas for use with stuff you truly do have lying around the house. I am pretty crafty and there were a few projects even I had never heard of! Check out the Sandpaper and Yarn or the Indoor Ice Skating. Click here for the full post.

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 Watch a Movie

Ok, you’ve done lets of fun activities together, now it might be time to put on a movie for the kids so you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (hey, it’s been a long day cooped up with the kids- need I say more?)

Here is a list from Scholastic Books of the 100 best kids movies. This was really helpful as it was arranged by age, making choosing an appropriate one easier.  Some of my favorites include

                      

Snow Day Fun

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Winter is in full swing and snow is everywhere lately! While we might want to cuddle up inside where it is warm until spring, as parents, we know that being cooped up in the house with the kids can get…..out of hand!

We’ve scoured Pinterest and the internet to come up with some great ideas to keep the kids busy in the snow, and then hopefully very tired when they come back in!

Snow Obstacle Course

There’s nothing like a competition to get kids moving! This blog shows some great tips for setting up a fun, challenging course  http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/snowy-obstacle-course-kids/#_a5y_p=2974398

As an added bonus you could make a throne out of snow for the winner to sit in!

Tic-Tac-SNOW!

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Parents Magazine (http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/snow-activities-kids/?viewAll=true&page=4#page=4 ) Has some great ideas in this article from Tic Tac Snow, to some really cute “Snow Creatures”. There are also directions for making a bird feeder out of an orange and some sticks!

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Snow Sensory Bin

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If there’s snow on the ground, and you really can’t get out, consider making a sensory bin with the snow. This blog http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/01/warm-way-to-play-with-sonw.html gives lots of great ideas for keeping kids entertained with the snow while YOU stay warm.

Some of my favorites include the Snow Mr and Mrs Potato Head. There is even a science experiment!

This is also nice for younger children who can’t play for very long outside in the cold.

Enjoy the snow day!
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