As mother nature threatens us with more winter weather on tap for next week, there are so many of us who have simply had enough (and we still have a lot of winter left)! I know there are many of us who field that early morning phone call announcing that school has been closed due to inclement weather with an intense feeling of dread! And then you ponder which one of your children will be the first to utter the words, “I’m bored”. So, let’s take a minute and think outside the box and find some fun and easy things to do to both surpise and entertain them, because let’s face it, you can’t spend all day outside in the snow!
Before you bundle them up, make hot chocolate spoons to enjoy later. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave. Take any teaspoon size spoon (plastic works fine too). Dip that spoon into your melted chocolate to cover the bowl portion completely. Remove from chocolate and set on wax paper. Press in several mini-marshmallows. Let harden. When the kids come inside, simply warm up a mug of millk, place in their homemade spoon and presto, a fun twist on a favorite drink!
Have a fireplace? Go ahead and use it! Throw down some pillows on the floor, pop some popcorn and take turns telling jokes, reading short stories, or coloring a picture together. Better still, play a game, put on a puppet show or make shadow figures on the wall!
Grab some paper, paint and salt and create a winter masterpiece. Let your child paint a winter scene, and while the paint is still tacky (but not wet), sprinkle the entire picture with salt. Set aside to dry completely. Then, use a dry paint brush to gently remove any loose salt. You’ll be left with a ‘fridge worthy masterpiece.
Make a frozen rainbow masterpiece. Grab a clear plastic cup. Fill with 1″ of water. Drop in food coloring until you achieve the desired color. Place on flat surface to freeze (inside the freezer or outdoors IF it is cold enough). When frozen solid, add another 1″ of water, and a different color of food coloring. Place on same flat surface to freeze. Repeat as desired. Once complete and frozen, remove from cup. Place outside to admire and enjoy!
These are only a few of thousands of ideas available online. Go to your favorite search engine and type in “indoor winter activities for kids”. The possibilities are endless!