This is the first of a three part mini series on how to survive those stuck at home days. If the phrase, “Schools are closed,” fills you with dread, or if the realization that your husband drove off with the car seats but left the kids has driven you to weep, well, this is the series for you!
In this post, I’ll tell you how to make sure your guys get physical, even if it’s too ugly to be outside.
First, if you have a whole day at home stretching in front of you, you need to formulate a little plan. I’m going to strongly suggest you try not to turn on the TV or the books on CD or the educational computer games until the late afternoon.
Why? Because that is when you’re going to need them!
While everyone is still fresh and in a good frame of mine, get in some active play.
First, unless it’s a true blizzard, try to get at least a little fresh air. It’s good for everyone!
If your litle one’s lips are blue, you can still burn some calories indoors. Here are some ideas:
Turn on some music and dance, dance, dance
Try an exercise show or DVD. If you can find an old-school aerobics one, your kids will love it.
Have a parade. Make music and hats and march, march, march.
Got an old crib mattress? It’s just the right amount of bounce. Just don’t use it for baby after it’s done trampoline duty!
Make a hopscotch game in your hallway.
Challenge older kids to create a workout routine or obstacle course and have everyone follow it.
Get out your plastic eggs and have a hunt (you can call them turkey eggs if you want)!
Give the kids a pile of random goodies and tell them to make up a game.
Think old boxing movies….jump rope, hit a punching bag, run the stairs (carefully), lift some weights (vegetable cans work fine-just watch your toes)!
After you burn some calories, think about having some snack or lunch. I’m not really strict about meal times, but if you’re going to be home together all day, it really is important to keep everyone in a stable mood, and many children are sensitive to low blood sugar. I can always tell when my 7 year old hasn’t eaten his lunch at school because he is super grumpy. I’ve thought about greeting him with peanut butter and a spoon, but I think that might embarass him!
If you throw in some simple art or other favorites, you should be almost to the late afternoon, which is a great time for some books on CD if your guys aren’t napping any longer.
You might also like to check out my website list for more ideas.
Whatever you do, don’t try to fit in a bunch of cleaning. I know it’s tempting, but if you have no way of getting out of the house you just do not want to start projects that are going to stress everyone out.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you how to keep things new and interesting without starring in a reality show.
On Wednesday, I’ll have my final post in the series with a list of all time favorite boredom busters. Of course, I’d love to hear your ideas, too!
Just getting here today? Do scroll down and read my other posts about snow play and More free museum going! I also found an article for you with a day by day guide to holiday T.V.! No missing Rudolph this year!
I’d also love to have you come talk snow with us at the Facebook page.