Now that the holidays are over and done with, the reality is starting to sink in that we still have at least two more months of chilly weather ahead. If your anything like me, the harsh frozen air makes me want to crawl under my blankets and hide. To say the very least, I have a hard time venturing out into the world when it is under 40 degrees outside. However, whether you are a parent or a nanny, unfortunately this is just not an option when the little ones are home. So, what do we do when their bouncing off the walls and your searching for a way to keep the energy at bay? If you’ve exhausted all of your go-to outing options and need some inspiration, here are a few tips that will save you some sanity this winter!
My first few boredom busters are for when the youngsters just seem as though they have an infinite amount of energy. This may take the form of jumping off tables, running into walls, etc. I’m sure you can catch my drift. If you have a big enough space for them to play some recess-like games, that is all you need! Now of course you have you classics; “red light green light”, “mother may I” and “What time is it Mr. Fox?” Oh, and don’t forget about freeze dance! These are the games I grew up on. If you want to get creative and take it to the next level, create a fun yet safe obstical course! Test their balance with a “log” made from a rolled up carpet. Have them jump across a “pond” with lily pad couch cushions or even line up some chairs, put some streamers across the top and have them crawl under it. These are just a few examples, so feel free and get creative with it!
When it’s time to start winding down and you want to make sure they are not wired before bed, this is prime time for some crafts and sensory play. My main concern with that is the mess, so I found a great activity that won’t require a huge cleanup because, well, you probably have dishes to do and laundry to wash after all is said and done. If you reside in the south like me, you probably don’t get to see the snow a whole lot. So lets improvise! Snow slime is a great way to get the snow without the cold! For this activity, you need liquid starch, Elmer’s white school glue and artificial snow (you can find this at most local craft stores). Just stir ¼ of the bag of snow into ½ cup of white glue, then added another ½ cup of liquid starch. If the slime sticks to your hands, you may need to add more starch. Voila, you have yourself some homemade snow. Take it to the next level by putting it in a tray with some of your child’s favorite little figurines. Now little Benji can have his zoo animals play in the snow!
Being cooped up all winter doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun and learning! Stay tuned for some more ideas to keep the little ones engaged in comfort ability of your own warm home. I hope this post can help you keep the kids creatively entertained without having to sacrifice too much of your time and energy. Happy hibernation!