By: Meghan Kemp
News flash folks – it is FREEZING outside!!! Even if you live in a bubble, devoid of news and forecasts (like I do), it is impossible to miss the frost on your fingertips as soon as you step outside the door. What is a momma to do, when it’s too cold to even run outside for a minute? Stuck in the house with one, two, or even more little beasties, I mean little darlings, looking for entertainment? Have no fear!! I’m going to share with you my super, duper, secret, freezing weather entertainment acts. Alright, they’re not that secret, most of them are from my ever growing compilation of Pinterestboards.
Speaking of which, last night I found a box of binders with labeled (made from my handy dandy Brother P-Touch label maker, old school style) dividers for such engaging topics as “Baby’s Nursery”, “Bathroom Ideas”,“House Designs”. Clearly these were lovingly made prior to the birth of my lovelies, back when I had time for using label makers and creating beautifully organized binders. I also think they may be of interest to anthropologists as they are now ancient artifacts – the real world version of Pinterest from the stone ages!
Onto the main event friends, here are the activities I have planned for the next few days (ahhhh, a list! You didn’t think I’d get through a blog without one, did you?):
Indoor Activities to Keep All of You From Going Insane:
1. Have an indoor picnic – I don’t know about your house but at ours the kiddos are supposed to eat in the kitchen. Having an opportunity to make some food together and then eat it on the ground somewhere
else in the house counts as a fun activity for my little ones.
The girls picked out their own food and set up their picnic in our tiny hallway, right in front of the bathroom (see, they’re using toilet paper as a seat, very creative!). Because really, what says “picnic” more than the room where we relieve ourselves?!
2. Build a fort! – So much fun, grab the blankets off the bed, the pillows off the couch, grab some rope and clothespins to make that sucker stay up anyway you can. The end goal is to have a space inside where kiddos can whisper and make plans. Throw in some bed pillows and flashlights and you have imaginations going wild. If you’re extra motivated try this fancy, dancy, fan fort building idea that’s kicking around the internet
right now. This version is from The Crafty Mama
3. Make sock puppets – I tried this the other day, not expecting huge success. But the kids freaked out, they loved them so much. I just grabbed two of my socks that had lost their mates, some googly eyes, yarn, pipe cleaners, and felt to cut out nose shapes or other details. We used craft glue and my 5 year old glued her own details on, and I helped the little one. As the saying goes, the waiting was the hardest part. Once the puppets were dry, there were puppet shows happening all over the
This picture is from one of the simpler sock puppet tutorials I found at kidscraftsonline.org, and really with little ones simple is best!
4. Make a movie of yourselves, than watch it! – Go all out, put together costumes, figure out a basic plot (or not, if your kiddos are too little), and then pop some popcorn and sit around watching and re-watching your movie. My kiddos LOVE seeing pictures and movies of themselves. It is one of their favorite things to do, the tiny little narcissists. But I like seeing their picture and movie too, because let’s face it, I MADE them and they’re awesome. They’re like my ultimate craft project. So it’s a win win. Plus, you know, popcorn. Yum!
(They look kind of angry here, but I promise, they love watching
movies. They’re just concentrating really hard on how awesome they are.)
5. Make an obstacle course in your house – This is one of MY favorite things to do, it gets the kids moving and burns some energy too. I drag our futon mattress onto the floor, put a few hurdles (usually ottomans, those ones up there in the above pic) for them to jump over and on, make a “balance beam” out of a long piece of tape on the floor. I show them the route I have planned for them,somersaults on the futon, jumps over the ottomans, tip toes over the balance beam, and running in between each obstacle. Then I put on loud, dance music and have them do jumping jacks and pencil jumps to warm up. They’re happy to do the obstacle course for awhile, but generally this just turns into a big dance party. Which I’m also fine with,
a dance party is always okay at my house!
Just for you, I’m throwing in a couple of freezing, cold outside ideas too. Bundle up good and cozy for these ones!
1. Make FROZEN bubbles. – So cool, and kind of science-y too! Go outside, blow your bubble, catch it on the wand and wait a minute. Watch as it freezes and then shatters. Check out more pics and details at science made fun!
2. Make colored ice gems. – These are beautiful and fun to make as well because they involve every kid’s favorite item – food coloring! The bane of my laundry chores, but a fun option
none the less. Take a balloon, add a drop of food coloring in, fill the balloon with water. Bring the water balloon outside and leave it there. Leave it there overnight, though with these temps it might not take that long. If you don’t want to wait until tomorrow, you can go out there and poke at it later in the day to see if it’s frozen. Once frozen, cut off the balloon and voila! A beautiful ice gem. Then let the kids decorate the yard with them, or roll them around, it will be fun to see what their creative brains come up with. Want more details, check out this tutorial.
Alright, fellow mamas, you’re now armed with a few ideas to get you through until dinner time. Help me add to my list though, because I’m going to need some new ideas for my rabble rousers.
What’s your go-to stuck inside the house activity?
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