Whoo-Hoo! As you can see, my kids are in the snow day spirit! For most parents a whole day with no escape hatch is more of a mixed blessing. If you’ve got a bit of a sinking feeling, it’s o.k.-I’ve got you covered.
If you are headed out the front door, you might want to read my ideas for offbeat snow play here. If you can find some fresh looking snow, I have a recipe for snow ice cream just one post down (SFM takes no responsibility for tummy aches-this is all on you, mom). If you don’t last outside long enough to burn off the antsys, I’ve got a whole list of indoor exercise options in part one of this series. Or, check out my post on holiday T.V. specials and make a date with the couch instead!
Today, in Part Two of my Home Bound Series, I’ve got a list of 20 Great Bordeom Busters.
- Build a fort with blankets, chairs, and pillows Take in books and read by flashlight.
- Have a treasure hunt. Hide something fabulous and write clues.
- Give the kids some toilet paper and tell them to make a costume.
- Speaking of costumes….haul out that ugly bridesmaid’s dress/Hawaiian shirt/weird tie. Stage a show and take pictures
- Make playdough (recipe to follow) or try this one for older kids
- Got an old camera? Give it to the kids and set them loose. Or give them a list for a photo scavenger hunt. Try, “Something that starts with A,” for little kids and “Something more than a decade old,” for older ones. Make the list long.
- Put shaving cream or cheap lotion on a cookie sheet and let kids finger paint or write letters. Put a little food coloring in shaving cream and let them play in the bathtub.
- Have kids lie down on a long piece of paper while you trace around them. Have them fill in their outline. Give them old scraps to make clothes or have older kids fill in their circulatory system etc.
- Got paper bags? You’ve got puppets. No paper bags? Find some socks. Caution: My husband once wore a puppet to work! Find a new home for them.
- Get out baby pictures of everyone.
- Put on swimsuits and run outside just long enough to whoop (do wear shoes and keep clothes on the baby).
- Take a picture for your Christmas card.
- Learn something new: Yoga poses, knot tieing, how to say turkey in a different language
- Have you made turkey crafts yet?
- Play sardines
- Bake or cook something super simple. Try a baked apple.
- It’s always a good day for baking soda volcanoes. I bet you could bring in some snow and make an erupting mountain. Yes, this will probably be a mess. Do it on a cookie sheet or something.
- Check out the website list.
- Color on aluminum foil for a cool stained glass effect.
- Bust out something from the gift closet.
Got a great idea? I’d love to hear it! Don’t forget: I’m doing a little give away on the FB page with just 3 more likers. Stay tuned and share this site with fun loving parents you know!
The holidays are coming, snow or not! I’ve done some posts already about upcoming events. You’ll want to have the bridge lighting at the Cannery and the Santa Train on your list (both of these events are chances to get Free photos with the big guy)!
Stay warm and have fun out there!