- Get a copy of The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner (or any of her other books) and use it. She has lots of simple ideas for rainy days when your brain just can't think of anymore. I wish I'd bought it a long time ago. I'm thankful I had the foresight to request it from our library and pick it up over the weekend.
- Build forts. We like to snuggle under ours with pillows, books and stuffed animals.
- Have living room picnics. We don't generally eat in our living room, so sitting on a blanket and eating our snack while watching Scooby-Doo (more on this) is a real treat.
- Let the kids watch a little more tv than normal. I tried very hard to keep tv away from Abigail before age 2. She turned 2 last week, and well, we're getting a little stir-crazy around here.
- Play-doh. I've got the commercial variety - I am a kid at heart and bought a ton long before I had a child. In fact, I've got a huge box of the mini-tins that I bought as stocking stuffers and those are perfect for a toddler (one who you're pretty sure won't try to eat it anyway). I know there are lots of great recipes out there, though. Here are a few.
- Stickers. There has been quite a bit of sticker play around here the past week or so. I don't usually let her play with the stickers we receive from grandparents or freebies in the mail right away. I save them for a "rainy" day, and I'm SO glad I did.
- Read lots and lots of books. Fortunately, we have quite a stockpile that have been thrifted, hand-me-downed or given to us. I also picked up a few more at the library over the weekend.
- Start a craft project. It's a week until Valentine's Day. Making Valentine's might be next on our list. Since I don't like dictating what Abigail's art is, though, I will probably just have her color a few pictures to send to grandparents.
- Change of venue. If you have enough space for this, try playing in another room. We've moved into the guest room or a bedroom a few times to get at least some change of scenery from the living room.
- Watch the snow fall. Talk about gravity. Talk about the wind. Notice the beauty of winter (I can appreciate the beauty of it, even if I want it to be over yesterday).
- Make paper bag puppets. I drew a face on the bottom of the bag and then let Abigail decorate it with her drawings. She was excited to show it to her Daddy, and she thought it was great for holding her crayons when she wasn't trying to make it talk.
- Start a cleaning project. Give your kids a wet washcloth and let them clean anything they want (except maybe the tv).
- Go outside to play. Okay, gotta admit, we haven't done this. It's well below freezing, Abigail is 2 and I'm very much a Southern girl who does not appreciate snow. I'm unlikely to take her out. But I'm sure older kids would be able to go out alone.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Things to Do In a Blizzard, or We're Bored
Okay, so we're not actually in the middle of a blizzard. We are in the middle of week two stuck inside, though. Last week, a major ice storm hit our area, and a record breaking number of people lost power - you may have heard about it on the news if you don't live in the Ohio River Valley. Fortunately, our family only lost power for a few hours, but the ice still has us feeling trapped. Everytime the ice starts to melt, it refreezes, and my car just doesn't want to take me anywhere in this. We were able to get out briefly over the weekend, but it's been snowing off and on since Monday I know there are probably a lot of other families in similar situations, so I thought I'd make a list of things to do when you can't get out your front door.
I'm sure I've come up with a few more things, but right now I can't think of them. And I'm looking for more ideas! I know there were a lot of other moms in the area who ran out of things to do with their kids last week with school out. So I'm asking you for a favor. If you have any great ideas for things to do with kids to help avoid or combat cabin fever, please post it in the comments. I hope that we will all be able to come up with ideas so that anyone still stuck inside (like me) can reference this post. It will come in handy for the next storm, too (which hopefully won't arrive until next winter).
Also, I know there are people out there who are farther north and experiencing far worse weather who may be laughing at me. I hope that you'll get some ideas from this post, and that you'll tell us your secrets. I'm just glad it's not colder here!