This is a repost from last January. This past weekend we got our first snowfall of the year! In Georgia that’s BIG BIG NEWS. Snow days are much more active than normal cold days because the kiddos want to be outside until their fingers are too cold and their clothes too muddy to go any further. THEN they want to make you crazy inside.
Once the feeling comes back into their fingers and toes, here are some fun things to do inside to keep the little ones from making you pull your hair out.
- Head to the Library: Most neighborhood libraries have a separate children’s section with reading chairs, computers, puzzles and games! I only have one child who still checks out books from the children’s section, but she loves getting lost in her own little haven while the rest of us read the boring stuff. If your children are old enough to roam at the library, this is a great choice.
Make your own sun room: Take a large roll of clear plastic and use it to enclose your front or back porch. Once the wind is blocked off, and the plastic allows in the light but not the cold, set up an arts and crafts table or reading section on your porch. This can expand your living space by a significant amount, and give you some room to spread out. This is an especially great idea if you live in a little house like we do.
- Break out the Wii: This has to be the BEST purchase we’ve ever made. Our family spends a lot of time playing Wii Fit and trying to beat each other’s “best” score on the Wii Sports games. They also get a lot of loud, rowdy, quality family time playing Rock Band 2. The best part about Rock Band 2 is that your teenagers will even want to spend time hanging out with you!
- Put the kiddos to work: Take the opportunity to teach them how to make their favorite dish. Fetching the ingredients for a recipe, stirring things, and helping put away ingredients after use are great helper tasks for younger children. Actually learning to chop vegetables and cook the food are skills that every teenager should be working to perfect while they’re still home with you. Turning it into a game or a family event will instill a love of cooking in your kids and create family memories you were never expecting. Not too shabby for just combating boredom!
WHAT ABOUT YOU? What tips do you have for keeping the family occupied when outside isn’t much of an option?